"Las mujeres sí van."
From the link rocko2012 posted:
"mondlichtnd 3 weeks ago
Yes, this is a pretty common construction, at least in spoken Spanish. When you add the "sí" for emphasis before the verb like that it emphasizes the affirmative nature of the verb action, usually in contrast to a negative statement. Sometimes you can translate it like the "do" that you put before a verb to emphasize it.
For example, Los hombres no van a comprar, pero las mujeres sí van. The men aren't going shopping, but the women ARE going (even though the men aren't).
No quiero que vengas. Lo que sí quiero es que me digas la verdad. I don't want you to come. What I DO want is for you to tell me the truth.
Hope that helps."
Makes sense, now, though none of my Spanish teachers have ever mentioned this. Seems like they would have seen it when traveling.
Great explanation, but maybe they should accept "The women do go" then. Instead, they offer "The women will go" as an alternative translation, which admittedly can be an affirmation as well, but most notably is a different tense.
It's not a literal translation, she was saying that to help us understand it better. It just means emphasize it.
Me too, what is the si doing in the sentence if "yes, the women are going" is wrong ?
I understand it now thanks to elijoy's explanation - thanks for that. I just think that this should have been explained in the hover text. I got confused and lost a life, although it wasn't really possible for me to get it right here.
yes, duolingo didn't teach it but we lose a heart anyway... and the hover doesn't help
Although losing a heart is frustrating... because I had to look at the comments to understand, I'm likely not to forget this sentence construction.
I realize the si emphasizes the verb in this case, but is it also correct/common to just say las mujeres van?
Hmmmm, Thank you elijoy for your explantion. I am a beginning Spanish student and did my best to interpet this sentence. I don't remember having any information on the use of Si and Si with an accent.... Or this sentence structure....
That would mean “Yes, the women are going.” in direct answer to the question “Are the women going?”.
the "si" is completely out of place here, right? I took this three times, and even though two of the three were in their "correct answers" box, it was still marked wrong. The si should not be in there, it just confuses people.