https://www.duolingo.com/TilEulenspiegel

"┬┐Tienes un libro especial?"

5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/TilEulenspiegel

I took a chance and put "favorite" here, knowing it was not a literal translation. Hal the computer didn't approve.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

And favorite is favorito

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TilEulenspiegel

Yes, I know that. But I can think of no situation in everyday life where a person would ask, "Do you have a special book?", other than said in a whisper by a guy in a dirty overcoat as some sort of code for a book that is not available to the general public. Raymond Chandler or John Le Carre probably used that line in one of their books.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Seeking an everyday situation where any given Duo generated sentence may make sense = the path to madness and frustration. ;). But it does sound like Peter Lorre asking "Do you have zee information?"

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TilEulenspiegel

Exacto! But we English speakers do not always know whether a translation given here that seems odd is Hal-The-Computer Gibberish or some sort of Spanish idiom If we don't ask, we cannot know for sure.

5 years ago
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