Translation:We went to the restaurant and ate pasta.
Your phrase means "Estuvimos en el restaurante..." We use verb "estar" to say where it is located the subject or to describe a temporary situation, and verb "ser" is used to describe the subject.
Verbs "ser" and "ir" are conjugated the same in "pretérito de indicativo" (an evil thing of Spanish).
Here it can't be the verb "ser (to be)" because it is not describing to "us", so it must be the verb "ir (to go)"
Ambiguous verbs fell out of use in Latin, probably because they were easy to confuse. Latin's favorite verb of going, "ire" sounded like verb suffixes, since it was so short. By the end of the Roman period "Vadere" became the default going verb. Spanish and Portuguese kept the infinitive as "ir", but used v- forms derived from vadere. This can be seen with a lot of verbs popular in Classical Latin, but absent from the Romance languages.
I exclusively use my phone (Android LG G2, if it matters) for Duolingo, and I find that in some comment threads I can give lingots, and in some I can't. The ones in which I can't give them are the same ones in which I can't edit a posted comment and wherein my autocorrect doesn't function. I don't understand it.
Sadly, I am very confused by your whole thread here and wonder if some examples would clear it up for me. I'm VERY new to spanish and am clueless so far on what you mean by ir and just barely learning to conjugate estar and remember how to use it. But can you give some examples of the conjugations that are overlapping? And what they mean? it would be so helpful to have the conjugation you speak of associated with this historical info. I take it is the the word for went? And to be but only in the past tense? In all persons?
yo fui-I went yo frui-i went (anyone know about two forms?) tú fruiste- you went (informal) usted fue- " " (formal)
nosotros fuimos-we went
Oh...and ser. Yup, the same. Thanks to google. fui fuiste fue fuimos fuisteis fueron
This will take me forever!
vosotros fuisteirs-you all went (informal) ellos/ellas fueron -they went ustedes fueron-you all went (formal)
There is no 'r' in any of those conjugations. I recommend if you're that new/confused that you just google "Spanish ser" or something to that effect. It'll work for any topic that you need to explore as a beginner. You'll find tons of easy practices and resources just by searching online. Hope that helps.
It does show the correct past form or preterite for "fuimos" which is "went" and for "comimos" which is "ate". http://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-english-verb-to%20go.html
Hi Jimijimmy. I'm more than surprised - I think it's outrageous that the preterite conjugation is not given!!! And I told Duo so. Sure, DL is free, but still... Some good resources are given here, though. There is also: www.spanishdict.com/conjugate/
UPDATE - April 23, 2015. Just went back to redo these lessons and now the Past Tense Conjugation is there. Thanks, Duo!
Where did you see the past tense conjugations? On a mobile device, or on a computer? In my browser on my computer in August 2016, the only tenses shown are Indicative and Subjunctive. Did Duo add the past tense conjugations at some point and then remove them? It is very disappointing that only two tenses are shown.
Hey Snowdove! As Caiser said, strictly speaking, pasta is a generic name for everything like noodles, ravioli, lasagna and so on... There are lots of different ways to refer to noodles, although pasta should be widely accepted (at least in south america). Here in Chile we call noodles "Tallarines" :)
Hope it helped!
(Not Spanish related.) It is so nice to hear someone say this. Hearing pasta, pasta, pasta is so tiresome. When I was a kid, the generic term was macaroni or noodles, in the northeastern U.S. Pasta (here) is just a Johnny-come-lately, trying to "tone up" a rather lowly, everyday term. A lingot for you for "macaroni." After all, what did Yankee Doodle call it? Not "pasta."
haha! you guys made me research this. Check it out- https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=macaroni%2C+pasta&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cmacaroni%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cpasta%3B%2Cc0
The thing to learn here is that Spanish often uses the present tense to express the present participle (the -ing form) but students of Spanish have a hard time with this and tend to incorrectly overuse the Spanish -ndo form where the present tense conjugation is called for.
If you spend some time around a Spanish speaker who doesn't speak English very well you'll notice them say "I go to the store" when they mean "am going", because the same construction would be used in Spanish to express both ideas.
In Spanish, Estar + the -ando or -iendo (-ing in English) is used for actions in progress. For example, in English we might ask "what are you doING tomorrow?" And we might get the answer "I'm watchING a movie with my friend". This wouldn't occur in Spanish, because the action is not in progress. ¿Qué vas a hacer mañana? Voy a ver una película con mi amigo. Even ¿Qué haces mañana?, but not ¿Qué estás haciendo mañana?
In isolation, that's true. "We go to the store" would be an odd sentence. But in context, it's not at all odd. For example: "On Tuesdays, we go to the store." ...or... "We go to the store when we need more more food."
I treat most of what I see here as phrases, sentence fragments, or generally incomplete or out of context ideas. It makes life a lot easier because you're not constantly trying to figure out why someone would ever say some odd sounding phrase.
In English, oddly, we don't use the present tense to talk about what we are doing now. We use the present tense for habitual actions and to talk about things that are always true. Habitual: I always brush my teeth at night before going to bed. Fact: The sun rises in the east.
To talk about what one is currently doing we use the present progressive tense. Example: I am writing this comment, right now. :)
My buddy Google can help you find lots of web sites that will teach you about "English verb tenses".
Present Perfect: Made with the infinitive to have and added to a past tense gerund. I.E., "I have gone to the park." In Spanish, you conjugate a form of haber and replace the last two letters of the infinitive with -ido, -ida, -idos, -idas, -ado, -ada, -ados, or -adas.
Subjunctive: This one is actually a mood in Spanish, not a tense. It shows that the action may or may not be happening. E.g., "If I were a polyglot, I wouldn't be here." I'm not going to type out all of the conjugations, but you can view them here: http://studyspanish.com/verbs/lessons/pressubj
Preterite: This is the most common form of past tense. E.g., "I read a book." Spanish conjugations are here (http://www.spanishdict.com/topics/show/60), but there are also a ton of annoying irregulars. You'll learn them as you go, though.
Does that help?
I am just starting verbs in the past, so please excuse me if this seems silly, but I thought you only conjugated the first verb in a sentence - for example: Yo quiero ir al restaurante y comer pasta demasiado! - only the first verb is conjugated... is it different for verbs in the past? do we conjugate ALL of the verbs in a sentence? Thanks :)
Hola danincanberra: You have the right idea, but not quite. What you are thinking of is this, I think: When there are two verbs IN A ROW, usually we only conjugate the first verb. For example, "I want to eat a taco" . We are going to conjugate "I want", but not "to eat" = Quiero comer un taco.////. But in this Duo sentence, the verbs are separate and both must be conjugated. REFERENCE: [www.spanishdict.com › Q&A › Vocabulary & Grammar]
Hello Inckwise, there is a small difference between of them:
-We left the restaurant. = Nos fuimos al restaurante/ Salimos del restaurante . --- In the sense of leaving this place, because we go to other side.
-We went to the restaurant = Nos fuimos al restaurante/ Nos dirigimos al restaurante. --- In the sense that we are going to the restaurant to eat or buy something for us.
So, "Leave = salir de/dejar " --- "Go = ir/dirigirse"
Hope this help if there are questions or mistakes please comment
Greetings and luck.
I believe you would need to include the word "para" to make that grammatically correct. (Fuimos am restaurante para comer pasta.) In Spanish the infinitive is not quite enough to correctly express the sentence you have asked about. My understanding is that if you're using the word "to" in the sense of "in order to" (For example, "I am going to go to Sam's house (in order) to study") you would use "para" before the infinitive. ("Voy a ir a la casa de Sam para estudiar.")
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"Fuimos al restaurante y comimos pasta. " Translation: We went to the restaurant and ate pasta.
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cookj 12 I said "we were at the restaurant and we ate pasta" Why is this not correct?
caiser 20 10 9 7 Your phrase means "Estuvimos en el restaurante..." We use verb "estar" to say where it is located the subject or to describe a temporary situation, and verb "ser" is used to describe the subject.
Verbs "ser" and "ir" are conjugated the same in "pretérito de indicativo" (