"Ella llevaba un abrigo azul."

Translation:She was wearing a blue coat.

October 21, 2014



llevar and llegar keep confusing me. I only know the answer by hovering over the hints. Hopefully one day I will actually learn them.

December 5, 2014


How I remember it: the v in llevar refers to a v-neck T-shirt you can wear.

March 28, 2015


Cool, Thanks!

EDIT: Your technique works. I'm getting llegar and llevar correct now whenever I see them. Thanks again.

March 28, 2015


Really useful! Thanks!

March 30, 2015


That is a good one!

August 28, 2015


¡Excelente! Yo tuve el mismo problema.

December 22, 2015


Thank you so much for this mnemonic! ❤

February 7, 2016


FYI: She wore a blue coat. (accepted)

April 23, 2015


Could you also say "ella fue llevando un abrigo azul"? Is there a difference?

October 21, 2014


"Estar" is used for stating action so you would have to use "estuvo" or "estaba" instead of "fue". I have no idea if it would mean the same thing.

October 21, 2014


624 day steak? Wow. Impressive. Way to go.

December 5, 2014


It's only fair to point out that your own streak is now similarly impressive, and Rocko's is outright astronomical! Way to go and keep it up, the both of you.

November 17, 2015


'Fue llevando' is not grammatically incorrect i think. I think of an edna st. Millay poem where she says "the sun went dripping a bucket full of gold" or something to that effect.

So one could say "she went wearing a red coat..." as the stsrt of a poetic line and it wpuld ne gramaticalky correct, I think even in Spanish. But it's more of a poetic way to say the same thing as "she wore a red coat..." That doesn't seem to be what this sentence is asking for, though.

July 28, 2015


Yeah using the google tool https://books.google.com/ngrams/ I conclude "fue llevando" has to be grammatically correct Spanish. It appears in Spanish books and "estaba llevando" is only 3 times more common.

July 28, 2015


In the Duo sentence using the imperfect here, is describing something in the past. The imperfect has several uses, not only the one that Duo uses over and over.

See this reference 3-A and D. http://users.ipfw.edu/jehle/courses/imperf.htm

September 29, 2015


Thank you jfgordy, I'm not sure why you're directing that at me, but it looks like a great reference tool. I understand the imperfect pretty well. My comment was in reference to deibyF's reply to monimark's question stating that "fue llevando" is grammatically incorrect. I believe it is not Duo was looking for in this case, but I do believe it can and has been used poetically.

September 30, 2015


I meant that you are right. The imperfect is not all ways used to show habitual past. (used to). Duo seems to translate the imperfect as 'used to' all the time. Sorry if I was confusing.

October 1, 2015


"ella fue llevando un abrigo azul" is grammatically incorrect. It also changes the meaning of the sentence, it would mean something like: "she went carrying a blue coat".

October 22, 2014


It's not incorrect, it's just a bit weird.

March 28, 2016


If you were talking about something that someone would habitually do, wouldn't another correct translation be "She would wear a blue coat"? Like if she wore it every day?

September 29, 2015


yes, you are correct. See 3-B here http://users.ipfw.edu/jehle/courses/imperf.htm

September 29, 2015


Isn't llevar reflexive? Like me llevo un abrigo.- And do colors always,go after the adjective?

October 26, 2017


I agree with you. I thought that you needed to use llevarse for wearing or carrying closely to your body and llevar for taking along. So shouldn't it be "Ella se llevaba un abrigo azul"? Also, I believe that the colours usually go after the noun because they are adjectives.

April 16, 2018


Shouldn't "She would wear a blue coat" also be accepted?

June 2, 2016


Ponerse is better than llevar I think. Never hear llevar (used more for 'to take') used this way. Ponerse or vestirse.

June 4, 2017


I'm not a native Spanish speaker - but wouldn't ponerse and vestirse be more like "get dressed" - as in "She put on/was putting on a blue coat"? (Instead of wore/was wearing)

June 4, 2017


"abrigo" also means overcoat but that was not accepted by DL.

October 18, 2017


this is wrong.. llevar means to take not wear!!!

November 2, 2017


Why will overcoat not be accepted

December 10, 2017


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December 16, 2017


Why is overcoat not correct?

April 9, 2018
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