"Yo haría una fiesta para mi cumpleaños si tuviera más amigos."

Translation:I would throw a party for my birthday if I had more friends.

August 12, 2013



This sentence actually cracks me up.

August 12, 2013


Lisa Simpson birthday

May 20, 2016


This is my life

June 1, 2016


Plz tell me how you said this, whenever I say it, it just puts up .

May 11, 2017


May you never have an occasion to use it. :)

July 27, 2014


Por siempre solo...

August 30, 2013


Para siempre solo

April 22, 2017


Solo por siempre v';

February 4, 2018


conozco ese feel bro

July 14, 2014


Forever alone

October 7, 2013



October 10, 2013


I've only ever heard people say "make party" when it's their second language. It does sound strange in English.

May 15, 2014


Que lastima, la soledad!

October 10, 2013


why is not "make a party" allowed?

August 17, 2013


It's just not natural in English.

August 23, 2013


You are so right !!

August 14, 2017


I don't know why. I heard the two forms all the time.

April 12, 2017


I've often heard "make a party", seems quite natural to me, also "throw a party", though that wouldn't work here

January 16, 2014


Never heard of 'make a party'. Throw one, yes.

July 18, 2014


Never heard of 'throw a party.' Make one, yes.

January 10, 2017


In this make/have discussion I wish people would identify their region. Some differences are just idiosyncratic but most tend to be regional. If I, who would say throw, found out where I should say make I've gained linguistic knowledge, although not Spanish. But y'all (not Southern, but...) seem to be trying to make one right and one wrong. I don't believe that is the issue here.

August 11, 2017


'Make a party' is not English. Throw one us the correct term

April 24, 2019


Yes it would, and in fact it was accepted for me. Perhaps this is a dialectical difference?

February 4, 2014


To have a party... Throw is jargon...

October 9, 2018


Throw is not jargon. Jargon is either language particular to a particular field or unintelligible or pretensious language.

jargon: definition from Dictionary.com: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/jargon

To throw a party was probably at one point colloquial speech, but now it is listed as a standard definition of throw, albeit #19

throw: definition from Dictionary.com: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/throw

October 9, 2018


I also heard "make a party" ......

October 3, 2014


That is what I put. Haría is "would do/make'. Habría is 'would have'. But I suppose that is used for different context. Habría tenido is 'would have had'. Don't know if that works either.

May 19, 2014


To have a party would be tener una fiesta. Haber is only have as the auxiliary verb of the perfect tenses.

August 11, 2017


True "haría" = "would do/make" Moreover, as is true for many verbs, there can be unique, implied meanings such as here where "haría una fiesta" would most closely translate to English as "would throw a party"

January 14, 2016



January 10, 2017


I do not know. I think it is O.K., but.........

April 2, 2017


I don't know. For me it is O.K.

April 12, 2017


"Make" just isn't the right translation of hacer, in this particular instance. "Throw a party" is more US, and "have party" is more UK. I'm in the UK btw. "Make a party" just cracks me up because it makes me think of Borat's deliberately broken English when he talks about "making sexytime" <3

January 30, 2019


Dang... "have a party", I meant to write.

January 30, 2019


It accepts "have a party", also

September 1, 2013


hacer una fiesta = have a party or throw a party


dar una fiesta = have a party, throw a party, give a party


April 20, 2018



May 26, 2014


That's just sad. :(

May 11, 2017


Qué triste...

May 14, 2017


Aw, I'll be your friend.

November 19, 2015


Yep. This guy needs to learn that to have a friend, he needs to be one. So he should have the party anyway, invite a bunch of people and use the opportunity to work on his social skills! If you throw it, they will come...

January 30, 2019


This is sad

June 1, 2016


El verbo ''to have'' también significa ''hacer''??????

August 23, 2014


Yes :-) Spanish "hacer" can be English "to do" or "to make".

January 30, 2019


same ,duo ,same.

August 22, 2016


i can relate

March 27, 2017


Duolingo getting relateable again...

June 13, 2017


Que triste.

September 17, 2017


Sad. :(

April 11, 2018


And when this question pops up when you are all alone learning languages in your birthday...

September 14, 2018


I would give a party - is unacceptable!

November 24, 2013


llorar en español

August 20, 2015


How sad!

October 18, 2015



February 20, 2017



April 17, 2017



May 28, 2017


Duolingo is dark.

September 15, 2017


I did not understand this sentence...

October 2, 2017


Obviously there is no context. But a possible context is someone who is making plans for their birthday. They say they would throw a party, but they don't have enough friends to make it work. The structure is relatively common. There are two clauses, but either can come first. One clause has a conditional tense and the other clause begins with if and contains a past subjunctive. The same structure exists in English, although it is often hard to recognize our subjunctive. But in this structure indicates a contrary to fact statement. There is an idiom/proverb in English which my mother used to say a lot. I translated it into Spanish early on so I could learn the Spanish structure. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. Si deseos fueron caballos, los mendigos montarian

October 2, 2017


shouldn't this be "mis cumpleaños"

October 8, 2017


That's a great question, but no, not in this case. Cumpleaños is a Spanish compound which follows the regular rules for compound words. In Spanish compound words are formed by taking the third person singular form of a verb and combining it with the plural form of a noun. In this case you have comple from cumplir to fulfill and años years. This is not as obvious a combination for English speakers as many others.

Some other compound words like this are:

Lavaplatos - lava wash + platos dishes. Dishwasher

Lavarropas - lava wash + ropas clothes (the r is doubled here because an initial R has the rr sound) Clothes washer.

Parabrisas - para stop + brisas breezes. Windshield

Paraguas - para stop + aguas waters (second a dropped) Umbrella.

Abrelatas - Abre open + latas cans. Can opener.

Rascacielos - rasca scrape + cielo sky. Skyscraper.

There are many more.

As a rule, these nouns share a couple of characteristics. First, whether the noun portion of the word is masculine or feminine when separate, the compound word is masculine. And second, these words don't change in the plural. So mi cumpleaños is my birthday and mis cumpleaños is my birthdays. I learned these rules as having exceptions, but I don't think I know any that don't obey these rules.

October 8, 2017


La vida triste...

November 24, 2017


Me too, buddy. Me too. sobs.

December 28, 2017


This is so sad Get more ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ friends

January 8, 2018


tengo duelo del corazon

April 16, 2018


Me alegría de que hayas escrito en español. Permítame ayudarte con los detalles. Duelo es el verbo (I hurt). El sustantivo es dolor. Por consiguiente las dos posibilidades son así

Tengo dolor de cabeza (tener + sustantivo)

Me duele el corazón (pronomial verb construction like gustar)

April 16, 2018


I just read this on my birthday. Ouch! :-/

June 13, 2018


La historia de mi vida

July 30, 2018


This is so sad

August 13, 2018


Forever alone anthem

September 16, 2018


Probably the saddest sentence on Duolingo

September 29, 2018


So the sentence is in the indicative up until the word "haria," which was the trigger for the subjunctive mood (in this case), and then the past subjunctive form of tener. Does that sum it up accurately?

October 19, 2013


Not accurately) haría doesn't trigger past subj, words that do are the same as for the present subj. I suppose it's just the way to express the same thing as second conditional in English.

Spanish: Main - Conditional, Dependent - past subjunctive
English: Main - would + verb, Dependent - past simple/progressive

Furthermore, wiki tells that in English the past tense (simple past or past progressive) of the condition clause is historically the past subjunctive. In modern English this is identical to the past indicative, except in the first and third persons singular of the verb be, where the indicative is was and the subjunctive were. Considering this you can say that translation is literal)

December 20, 2013


i hate this chapter, I said " I would make a party", in the definitions, was marked wrong.

March 7, 2014


I find it interesting that some of the responses on the Duolingo Ap are not the same as the ones on Duoling on line. That does not make sense to me.

May 8, 2014


Has "duolingo" never heard of rent a party"? I'm up for it!!

June 9, 2014



June 23, 2014


How about "mis cumpleaños?"

August 7, 2014


"Cumpleaños" can be used as singular and plural, but why would you use the plural here? You can't throw one single party for multiple birthdays.

November 2, 2014


Y i would make no es haría también? Que lio

October 31, 2014


I got marked off for saying mis cumpleaños instead of mi cumpleaños. I could have sworn I saw "mis" before or used it and was not marked off. Besides, it's a plural noun like mis pantalones.

November 22, 2014


What is wrong

February 28, 2016


What am i doing wrong

February 28, 2016


Everything, Kathleen. You're doing everything wrong.

February 28, 2016


Why does it have to be I'd instead of i had

May 25, 2017


Instead she had to spend her birthday reading for Duolingo.

June 4, 2017


Why not "birthday party" instead of "party for my birthday" ?

June 28, 2017


I hadn't even gotten to más amigos when Duo decided I'd said the sentence correctly and confirmed it - stopping it's recording short of my finishing the sentence. I'm not complaining, just wondering what's going on? Must be something like, if you get 90% or so correct enough, Duo marks it as completed correctly. So, if your pronunciation is very good for the first part of the sentence, you don't have to finish it, because you've already gotten a 90 on the "test".

July 10, 2017


I have, on more than one occasion, said literally nothing and been greeted with success. In truth, the microphone exercises are a farce.

April 13, 2018


I would do a birthday party if I had more friends seems a reasonable English translation

July 17, 2017


Me too

July 23, 2017


You do not have a party FOR your birthday when it is YOU that is to be celebrated.

August 14, 2017


I don't know whether it is ego, a lack of true friends, or just wanting to be in control, but I know plenty of people who have thrown their own birthday parties.

August 14, 2017


I would have had a party, seems more natural to me, to throw a party is more western Atlantic, I am eastern. Duolingo should accommodate us too.

October 1, 2017


It doesn't have quite the same meaning. Tense always matters. I would have had a party means that the decision is past. This is about what someone is thinking about doing for their birthday which hasn't happened yet. That is a situational difference, not a difference in regional speech.

October 1, 2017


.....And it allows 'Do a party' There is always a literal translation from language to language if you think about it hard enough, this question was translated to English by someone who is not a fluent English speaker.

October 1, 2017


throw a party?

October 8, 2017


That's a common expression, at least in American English. The Spanish translates directly as make a party, which I don't think I have ever heard, at least not commonly.


October 8, 2017


Thats realy sad...

October 14, 2017


Hold a party, do a party, make a party. have a party - they all can be used according to the English subset and/or English geography

October 18, 2017


How is "if I would have more friends" wrong?

October 21, 2017


If I would have more friends is apparently attempting to be a conditional statement, but is grammatically incorrect in both languages actually. This sentence is actually the same in both languages. The issue with the English is that the English subjunctive is almost invisible in most verbs and person conjugations. And it isn't therefore taught very effectively. But English definitely has a subjunctive mood, although used less frequently than in Spanish, and this is a good example. It is the classic case of a conditional/subjunctive statement where the subjunctive portion describes the condition for the conditional portion to be completed. When the subjunctive portion is in the past tense, it indicates a contrary-to-fact condition. We know from this sentence that the speaker is not having a party and does not have more (meaning enough) friends. When you get to that meaning from these words, you know to use the subjunctive mood.

October 21, 2017


I cant find "haria" in my verb conjugation ....someone please help me here....

November 7, 2017


Ah yes. It's one of the most irregular conditional conjugations that there are. It's from hacer to make or to do.

November 7, 2017


"I would make a party" why didn't accept?

December 10, 2017


It's not a common English expression. We have parties and we throw parties. Throw is what you say to definitely communicate that you are hosting and putting it all together

December 10, 2017


Since it's plural, shouldn't it be "mis cumpleaños"?

December 11, 2017


Good question, but no. Birthdays come one at a time for us all. But cumpleaños is an example of the most common form of Spanish compound word. There are a few exceptions but most take the third person singular present indicative form of the verb and the plural form of the noun. This makes a compound word which is masculine and doesn't alter form to make the plural. So here we have cumple from the verb cumplir to complete and años which is years. Your birthday is when you complete years. Other examples include

Para (parar) + aguas = paraguas (second a dropped) stop waters =umbrella

Lava (lavar) + platos = Lavaplatos wash plates= dishwasher

Abre (abrir) + latas = Abrelatas can opener

Para + caídas = paracaidas stop falls parachute

Saca (sacar) + corchos = sacacorchos take out corks corkscrew.

There are a few that do take the singular form like guarapelo (guard hair which is a locket). But most take the above form.

December 12, 2017

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instead I'm on duolingo...

December 15, 2017


Why not "I would do a party for my birthday, if would have more friends"?

December 31, 2017


I think if you are going to translate hacer literally make a party might be better, but neither expression is at all common in English. You can have a party, but even that doesn't always mean that you are the initiator and the host. Throw in the verb we use that definitely means that, so the common for common convention would make that the best translation.

December 31, 2017


How can the answer be ‘if I had more bud.’ I put friends but obviously they have ‘buds’

April 8, 2018


You could write a whole paragraph about parties and the double entendre of having bud vs having buds. More buds bring more bud, but eventually it all goes up in smoke.

April 9, 2018


Neither of the hints above the answer use the word "throw a party" . I used "make" like the hints and got it wrong

April 25, 2018


If you throw a party, you may also do it "on" your birthday

May 5, 2018


While that is true, it is not what the sentence says

May 5, 2018


My point is that the preposition ON, rather than FOR, should be considered as common English and allowed as okay by the computer .

May 5, 2018


The problem comes when you seem to think it would not be common for that to be said in Spanish. Saying on my birthday is just as common in Spanish, but that would be en mi cumpleaños. But that's not what was said here. Many people move their birthday parties to the weekend, so it might not be what the speaker means either. There is language that is somewhat ambiguous and can therefore have a couple of different accurate translations, but this is not one. The purpose of translation on Duo is to accurately reflect what is being said in Spanish within common English grammar and syntax. Your change does not accurately reflect what the sentence said, and the speaker could have easily have altered the same word in Spanish to get to that meaning. So the fact that it is common in English, but neither more common nor more correct is irrelevant.

May 5, 2018


Yo haría una fiesta para mi cumpleaños si tuviera más amigas. Was maked wrong. Why can't I have female friends? posted.

May 15, 2018


Is amigas incorrect?

September 17, 2018


That would tend to be correct only under special circumstances, like if a young girl were talking who was having a single sex birthday party. Most adults would have at least one male among the friends they would invite to a birthday party, and it only takes one to make the whole group amigas feminine.

September 17, 2018


I would do= yo haría - I would have= yo tendría ... Tomar tu opcion. Cualquiera de las dos funcionaría.

November 20, 2018


'La soledad es solo un reflexión'

November 22, 2018


Por que no, " I would make a party..."????

January 5, 2019


It's just how the Spanish say it. In England we 'throw' a party, so it's a similar thing. I believe the Spanish also use dar as in to 'give' a party.

January 5, 2019


This is an example of Duo's common for common convention. While it is a possible English sentence, the verb make is seldom if ever used about parties. We have parties or we throw parties. I know at one point Duo didn't accept have either, which I think was a mistake. I think have might be accepted now, but I am not sure. But Duo is especially sensitive about a direct translation of the commonest verb phrase in Spanish into something that is not common in English. The issue is not simply that the sentence sounds a little odd in English. Duo has many sentences with odd translations meant to illustrate something mostly about Spanish. But in addition to standard expressions like Greetings there are certain verbs that are used with certain nouns. These may sound idiomatic in one language and more denotative in the other, but when you have a standard expression in EITHER language which is somehow metaphorical or idiomatic like throw a party, pitch a tent or draw a bath (all English expressions, though Spanish has its own) Duo wants those to be the go to translations. To the extent that the direct translation is at all possible in English, people often object. But learning a language means both understanding and being able to produce correct, fluid speech using the appropriate common construction. If you simply translate the sentence without looking for a more common way to say it, you are more likely to try a direct translation the other way when talking about throwing a party. No se puede tirar una fiesta. Saying tirar una fiesta makes no sense, so Duo want to cement the link between throw a party and hacer una fiesta. As I say, I believe have a party should also be allowed.

January 5, 2019


Right in the feels

January 11, 2019


Always used habria instead of haria, which mean about the same thing, but I was marked wrong.

February 6, 2019


They don't really mean the same thing. They are two different verbs. Yo haría literally means I would make. It is from the verb hacer. Habria is from the verb Haber. Haber is only used as an auxiliary verb in all of its persons except for third person singular, where it is always used without a subject or subject pronoun and is translated with There. So it would translate to There would be. While the meanings may be similar in this case, they certainly don't make the same sentence.

February 6, 2019


I think you mistyped and meant to put "Yo haría..." in your second sentence.

February 6, 2019


Thanks. Corrected.

February 6, 2019


De nada. :o)

February 6, 2019


Hi Rob, Habría does not mean "would have" in the same way as tendría. Habría In the context you suggest is "There would be a party..." not quite the same as "I would have a party..." or "I would throw a party...".

February 6, 2019


This horrible phrase keeps refusing to take THE EXACT answer it wants and keeps locking me out of finishing assignments. SO frustrating. Any advice on how to get this to work??

February 7, 2019


Duo does refuse to accept correct answers from time to time. Often it is a random one up error. But very rarely it lasts a while session. If it doesn't work, exit totally out of Duo, reboot your device and try again. I have never had a random problem that survives that. Occasionally a more permenant error creeps in when Duo is updating which answers it accepts, but when that happens everyone complains, and I haven't heard about one of those errors in a while.

February 7, 2019


Would hiciera instead of haria also be possible?

February 11, 2019


No. This sentence is almost the definition of the conditional. I would... if. The if clause contains the CONDITION under which the second clause is true. And the first clause in the conditional dictates that the condition be in the past subjunctive. The present subjunctive adds doubt to the statement, but the past subjunctive is most often a contrary to fact statement.

The majority of the time you see the subjunctive it is required due to some elements in the sentence's construction. Some of these would be subjunctive in English and some not. But the sentences where someone voluntarily adds the subjunctive just to add doubt to the sentence will not look subjunctive in English. They will be more like the sentence that Duo recently added that caused such confusion, "I might have done it" where the purpose of adding might was not to translate a Spanish word, but to "translate" the effect of adding the subjunctive where it isn't required by the nature of the sentence. So Duo's translation was simply, Yo lo hiciera.

February 11, 2019


¡Bien por usted! No tengo amigos.

February 11, 2019


Why is it sad? I find friends to be a pain and cut them all out of my life apart from one. More friends = More probkems.

March 27, 2019



March 27, 2019


If you hit the speak button immediately, it keeps talking and it'll do the exercise for you.

June 4, 2019


Este muy triste

June 9, 2019


Esto es muy triste. You need the neuter form esto since this is a complete circumstance which has no gender. You also need a verb.

June 9, 2019



June 22, 2019


DL should accept "make" a party

March 25, 2014


I've not heard that before. Throw, have or organise a party. Never "make a party". Unless it's something coloquial where you live.

February 6, 2019


You are correct. While in Spanish you do say make a party if you translate word for word, but it is not a good translation because we don't say it that way.

February 6, 2019


"make a party" is quite common but I used it instead of" throw a party" because you at duolingo often use awkward English, so I translated literally which you often accept.

February 22, 2016


make a party is not common...nobody says that...sorry

February 21, 2018



July 1, 2017


por qué throw y no have o make

September 17, 2017


Have a party does not mean that you are throwing it necessarily, although it can. Make us the direct translation, but we don't say that. I have heard Let's make it a party, but that assumes taking an existing or scheduled gathering into a party.

September 17, 2017


Translation REVERSO : "I would make a party for my birthday if I had more friends". What else DL ??!! I signal it to DL (09/14/2014) because he considers it wrong !

September 14, 2014


this answer must be a option: i would make a party for my birthday if i had more friends

June 3, 2016


Not in general English usage.

February 6, 2019


I do not 'throw' parties, I create, make, establish or design, at the least 'have' parties

January 28, 2014


Anneliseped, you do not say whether you are a native English speaker, but, as one, I would say neither create, make, establish nor design would work in the English translation here, though "throw" or "have" are easy options. If you were to create, make, establish or even, maybe, design a party, it would probably be in the sense of a political party, though that might be cause for you to celebrate by "having" or "throwing" a party with lots of balloons and cold refreshments.

February 27, 2014


I would add that you throw a party that other people may attend but you can have a party by oneself such as a pity party with junk food and ice cream.

April 11, 2014
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