"That motorcycle is old, but good."
Translation:Esa moto es vieja, pero buena.
Could someone please remind me of the differences between eso/ese/esa?
What is your source? I was told ese is neutral while eso/esa is gender specific. But i could be wrong as well
"Eso" is the neutral one, while "ese" and "esa" are masculine and feminine, respectively.
If you think of 'sino' meaning 'but instead' you will see that it is an incorrect translation in this case.
On my "corrected" answer Duo told me "Ese motor es viejo, pero bueno." But motor means an engine, yes? (I flagged it, just kind of musing here to see if anyone else has had it tell you motor vs moto)
that was my sentiment exactly Moto feminine, but ok if it comes from the whole word fine. Trick questions suck
I'm having a hard time with eso/ese/esa too. I keep using the wrong one because I don't really understand the differences among the three.
After a few more lessons, I think I've noticed that eso is used on its own replacing a noun or noun phrase and ese/esa are masculine/feminine adjectives to describe a noun. E.g. eso no es bueno, esa moto es vieja, ese libro es mío...
I hope that's right :)
There is a note attached to one of the lessons saying: The words "esto" (this) and "eso" (that) are demonstrative pronouns, but they are gender neutral and used when the gender of the noun they refer to is unknown. For example, you would say "qué es eso?" (what is that?) when you don't know if the object you're asking about is masculine or feminine.
I agree. All i had wrong was i used buen and not bueno. How do we work out which of the 'peeks' is correct to use.
I used bien, too. I'm wondering if bien is the adverb and buen(o/a) the adjective, like well vs. good?
I missed esa but your correction used motor for motorcycle. Should have been moto which I used correctly.
I think Duo recognizes two answers but keys off of the given article. If you use 'Ese', it will assume you're looking for a masculine object so it gives the answer "Ese motor es vieja..." but if you use 'Esa' it will assume you're looking for a feminine object so it gives the answer "Esa moto es vieja..." (where moto is short for motocicleta (F)).
There are two correct answers but the computer recognises only one of them. They are both the same.