"¿Tú hablas inglés?"
Translation:Do you speak English?
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"hablo" means I speak and "hablas" means you speak. Hablar is a regular -ar verb and you will (hopefully) soon get used the conjugations.
Yo hablo, tu hablas, el habla, nosotros hablamos, vosotros hablais, ellos hablan.
Hablas means that you do it Example: You talk Tu hablas Hablo means I do it Example: I talk Yo hablo
I understood these two. But what I don't understand is the difference between subjunctive and indicative forms of a verb. I would be really thankful If you could explain it to me. BTW, thanks for your response.
If this is the point. Then how do you say "You speak English" for example?
In the same way but without the funny ¿?. This also implies another intonation. Note also that it ok to skip "tú", in the statement as well as in the question, since you can see from the -as ending that it means YOU speak.
Thank you so much for answering that. And could you also answer my above question about the indicative and subjunctive verbs? BTW, Sorry for giving you no more than 1 lingot I have 0 left.
Don't worry, I have more lingots than I need.
About the subjunctive, just try to enjoy your time of basic studies when you are not supposed to use them :).
The subjuntive is like "the unreal mode" of a verb which is about wishes and opinions etcetera. It exists for all conjugations and in present time as well as past time.
For example "I speak = hablO", but "he wants me to speak (here: he wants that I speak) = quiere que hablE".
And the example above is just for first person singular, present time and regular -ar verbs. You can imagine...
I read in another comment that tú hablas inglés is more of a statement like "You speak English" and Hablas tú inglés? emphasizes that you ask a question. But you can also drop tú altogether and only say Hablas inglés with different pitch for statement & question.
You speak English? I think is fine. Do you speak English is good but not necessary
Duo lingo has since fixed this issue. I typed "You speak English?", it accepted my answer and said that an alternate answer is "Do you speak English?"
They warn you earlier about that, so I'm guessing they want you to heed that warning? I personally agree with you.
1 example wrote " Hablas tú inglés?, while another wrote "Tú hablas inglés? are verbs and pronouns interchangeable like that?
Why is "ingles" not capitalized? Same with "espanol". They're always lowercase - why? It's strange, because in the English language they're both capitalized.
Typography (including capitalization) rules are different in different languages. In Spanish, adjectives of place, months, days of the week, nationalities, languages, and several other classes of words that we capitalize in English are simply not capitalized in Spanish. German, on the other hand, capitalizes many words that we do not capitalize.
For people who were dinged for typing " You speak English?" instead of "Do you speak English?"The best thing we can do is report this, because our answer is acceptable.
The "do" form is the standard way of distinguishing a simple question in English. There are many colloquial or vernacular ways of saying things that are simply excluded as correct answers because to include them would result in so many answers being allowed that teaching normal usages and distinct usages would become impossible. The question "You speak English?" is a SHORTENED form of "Do you speak English?" You could shorten it further to "Speak English?" or even "English?" or even a grunt, and you could argue for the "correctness" of all of them, but then there would be no standard and no learning.
i think that i see two form "¿Tú hablas inglés?" and "¿Hablas tú inglés?" in this course. which is correct?
What's the difference between "¿Tú hablas inglés?" and "¿Hablas tú inglés?"
What is the difference between hablas and habla? I know the -o at the end is for Yo. But I'm still having issues with Tu and Nosotros.
"tú" is informal : "tú hablas = you speak" and "usted" is formal "usted habla = you speak"
"nosotros/nosotras hablamos = we (men)/we (women) speak".
"ustedes hablan = you (plural) speak"
I got dinged for putting "You speak English?" which is correct and the same thing as asking "Do you speak english?". oh well lol :/
I depends on your computer. I have a Mac and do "alt + shift + 1", i.e. "alt + !".
I thought that if it is a question that the subject follows the verb if the subject is used. seems best to drop the subject altogether in a staement or question. but this seems lazy. Thought?
I thought the tu form was familiar, and if you are asking this question, you are probably talking to a stranger? Is it ok to use the tu form with someone you just met?
The only reason is just a spanish grammer rule theat you must learn. you cant compare grammer rules like that.
No problem! i have had many heaaches from comparing languages. NEWSFLASH: You CANNOT do it. They have different grammer rules. Hope that helped.
if you need any more help, tell me. I'd love to explain something should you need it. Good luck!
Is that correct that I need to stress the first "a" in "hablas"? Should I pronounce: "a'vlas"? (Because the speaker's voice tells it as "avlAs")
I found a rule that says that if a word finishes with consonants, except N and S, you should stress the last syllable.
I'm having trouble knowing when to use Tú vs. Tu (the u accent)... How do I remember?
yeah, it is. I type it "You speak English" and got dinged for not putting "do you speak English" I think Duolingo's system is being fickle with this one. lol
Seems to me 'hablas' with an 's' should be plural and 'habla' singular. So why is 'tu hablas' plural with an 's' ?
I'm so mad right now. I ask my Latin friends and they say the answer "you speak English" is acceptable
I typed in 'Si' but it said wrong answer... Would it have been different if I answered 'Yes' instead? Any one?