"Yo inicié eso."

Translation:I initiated that.

July 24, 2013



I always initiate

August 31, 2015


He started it.

July 9, 2016


You're lying! YOU STARTED IT!!!

October 9, 2016


You must be....The Iniciator!

November 12, 2015


I put " I started this" Shouldn't that be correct?

July 24, 2013


eso = that and esto = this two different words, just like in English :)

July 24, 2013


Thank you that helps a ton!

July 24, 2013


Someone told me that if it has a "T" in it it's close enough to "touch" and male, female, or unknown it would be "this" If there is no "T", you can't touch it. So, male, female or unknown it has to be at a distance. Even "alli" has no "T"

March 12, 2014


Spanish teachers are known to say "The T walked away." That helps us remember that the words without Ts are further away from the speaker i.e. that and those vs. this and these.

March 19, 2014


That's epic dude. Thanks.

June 12, 2015


OMG this helped a lot! thank you so much!

March 8, 2015


Excellent. Thanks

March 19, 2014


One of my Spanish teachers used a little rhyme that helped me remember: "This and these are the ones with the T's"

July 16, 2014


"This and these - use the T's. That and those - out it goes!"

April 23, 2015


I go with "This and These both have T's, That and Those do not."

November 1, 2014


"the one with the 't' is closest to me so esta/esto estas/estos (this and these) but not esa/eso esas/esos (that and those)"

December 20, 2014


When do you use each of the forms or are they interchangeable?

i.e. esta = esto?

December 26, 2014


That's confusing...clarify please? I want to understand

October 9, 2016


What about esa and estas?

May 23, 2016


esa = that, feminine singular estas = these, feminine plural

May 23, 2016


Anyone have good ways to memorize all the ese, eso, esto, estas, etc.

January 5, 2018


There are several suggestions on how to remember the demonstrative pronouns already posted in this discussion.
Feel free to read and use any of them.

January 18, 2018


I don't know if this will work for anyone besides me and it only helps with one aspect, but ....

ese/eso/esa vs este/esto/esta

This has only one t so the second t is in este/esto/esta.

That already has two ts so ese/eso/esa doesn't need one.

February 3, 2018


I have the same problem, I can't remember which is which!

February 4, 2015


Here's a pneumonic device to remember for esto/este/esta and estas/estes/estos: This and These both have T's. (meaning esto=this and estos= these, etc.)

February 21, 2015


Thank you!!

June 19, 2018


I also have that problem, I can't remember which is which.

February 4, 2015


"I started that" was accepted.

July 4, 2018


Does, "I started that" work?

October 29, 2014


Yes, I just tried that sentence and it was accepted. It actually sounds much better than if you were to say "I initiated that" or "I commenced that". To me both options sound WAY to serious/formal sounding.

April 27, 2015


¿cual es la diferencia entre «empezar», «comenzar», y «iniciar», especialmente en uso diario?

November 24, 2014


I know that 'empezar' and 'comenzar' are completely the same thing. They are interchangeable and 'iniciar' is usually as well. Someone on a forum posted this explanation:


COMENZAR y EMPEZAR son completamente iguales, puedes usarlos indistintamente.

INICIAR es un poco diferente.

Tanto COMENZAR como EMPEZAR son verbos transitivos e intransitivos al mismo tiempo. Esto significa que pueden necesitar un complemento directo o no. Por ejemplo:

  • El partido empieza (o comienza) a las 20:00 (Intransitivo..no necesita complemento directo)
  • Empecé (o Comencé) este libro esta mañana.(Transitivo...necesita un objeto directo)

En cambio INICIAR es únicamente transitivo. Siempre necesita un objeto directo. Significa exactamente lo mismo que EMPEZAR y COMENZAR cuando actúan como transitivos, y puedes usarlo exactamente igual que ellos.

Asi pues, puedes decir perfectamente:

  • Inicié (o comenzé, o empecé) este libro esta mañana.

Pero NO puedes decir:

  • El partido inicia a las 20:00.

Porque INICIAR no es intransitivo. Para poder emplearlo en ese contexto tienes que introducir el objeto directo con "SE".

  • El partido se inicia a las 20:00.

Respecto a la primera frase que has escrito, no es correcta. Despues de todos estos verbos tiene que venir algo que se desarrolle en el tiempo. Son el inicio de algo. En cambio "mi puesto" es algo fijo. Otra cosa es que quieras decir "mi labor" o "mi trabajo".

Algunas posibilidades pueden ser:

  • Voy a iniciar mi trabajo en este puesto este año
  • Voy a empezar en mi puesto este año
  • Voy a empezar a trabajar en mi puesto este año ... ...

Espero que te sirva. Saludos"

January 7, 2015


Not sure why someone downvoted this; I found it very informative.

June 4, 2015


would "yo lo inicie" (accent included) be correct if I were trying to say "I initiated it" as in like, a fight for example?

August 5, 2013


I think your answer is right but I am having an argument with myself. I feel 'lo' is correct as 'it'. But I also think it could be "yo se lo inicié" because it is the subject that does the action and making it "it" can be to oneself. I hesitated sending this but I do hope someone will confirm or reject my thinking.

August 5, 2013


rm: I do not see any need for the "se". You didn't initiate it to yourself, you just initiated it.

September 16, 2013


Does initiation also refer to being initiated into a group or something?

March 7, 2014


They computer pronounces "inicie" really badly

August 30, 2015


Yes! On the fast, or normal, speed, that 4-syllable word sounds like it has 2 syllables. I heard, "Yo nici eso."

June 30, 2017


I thought the mom started it.

January 11, 2017


Initiate order 66

July 6, 2017


LOL when would we use the word initiated, I never use that word. Duolingo: learning you words no one says.

October 7, 2014


"Initiation" into a religion or sorority. Also for more professional uses, like in writing laboratory reports: "Dr. T. J. Eckleburg is the chemist responsible for initiating the zombie apocalypse."

April 23, 2015


What's the original verb for 'initiate'?

December 3, 2015


How is Iniciar different than empezar or comenzar?

March 15, 2016


Please fix the mic... It's so sad I keep missing things because it does not recognize the word... This time it wouldn't play the sentence so I could not figure out how to pronounce the word.

May 17, 2016


Everything but not fights.

June 22, 2016


And now I must end it!

July 30, 2016


Isn't it "this"?

October 9, 2016


what does "initiated" mean

November 27, 2016


It means you are the first to begin. An example is if I started talking to someone first, then I 'initiated' a conversation.

October 13, 2017


I feel like I'm just guessing based on the english words. Am I learning anything?

March 24, 2017


Come on duolingo. 4th time for this sentence. Do y'all really have that pitiful of a star that you cannot think of two sentences to initiate? Here try this one, idiots Usted inició usando las mismas malditas oraciones

January 3, 2018


Ok time for bad reviews. 4th lesson in a row. I am 8 questions in to this lesson and this sentence had been used 6 times. 1 star.

January 3, 2018


Essential vocabulary for mexican telenovelas.

March 11, 2018


"I started that" was just marked as wrong. The histrory here shows that sometime DL marks it right other times wrong. That's really messed up.

February 2, 2019
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