Duolingo. When new nouns are presented, would it be possible to always give the gender in the dropdown. In this case I am learning through the discussion that this word is masculine but would have assumed feminine if I had just moved forward without reading the discussion page. If it can be either by changing the ending, then let us know that as well. Thanks.
If your starting point is the English sentence "Men are athletes", then the Spanish equivalent is "Los hombre son atletas".
- The English sentence expresses a general truth or concept. English does not use the definite article "the" before the noun "men".
- When expressing a general truth or concept, Spanish does use the appropriate definite article before the noun, in this case "los" before "hombres".
If your starting point is the Spanish sentence "Los hombres son atletas", then it can mean "The men are athletes" or "Men are athletes", depending upon the context.
- If you want to translate "Los hombres son atletas" to mean the general concept that all men are athletes, you would say "Men are athletes".
- If you want to identify a specific group of men who are athletes, you would say "The men are athletes".
It would be more accurate, but also more confusing for some learners, if Duo had separate exercises for the English sentences "Men are athletes" and "The men are athletes".