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"Las mujeres sí van."

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5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/elijoy

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.

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Flakes
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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.

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https://www.duolingo.com/AndreasWitnstein
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That's now accepted.

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kavyle

But... I translated the "sí" as "do" and it counted it wrong.

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roseablex

It's not a literal translation, she was saying that to help us understand it better. It just means emphasize it.

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https://www.duolingo.com/eusoumeurei
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Thanks. Now I know it.

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rocko2012
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Old discusion thread on it: http://duolingo.com/#!/comment/72211

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tinyraindrop

I got confused by the "sí" too

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grntara

Me too, what is the si doing in the sentence if "yes, the women are going" is wrong ?

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeMinogue

Just happened to me now, but I must say that the explanation helped.

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/taiichii

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.

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kathallia

yes, duolingo didn't teach it but we lose a heart anyway... and the hover doesn't help

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra
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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.

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeMinogue

so true

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KingLeo

Very bad choice for an example to use with beginners doulingo!

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Callykoo

I realize the si emphasizes the verb in this case, but is it also correct/common to just say las mujeres van?

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndreasWitnstein
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Yes.

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yottadren

I thought it was a kind of confirmation like "the women do go"

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https://www.duolingo.com/AndreasWitnstein
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It is.

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/likescolors

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....

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/venetoblu

'The women do go' is now accepted.

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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voy, vas, va, vamos, vais, van

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PagaroDog

Isn't the sí supposed to go at the front of the sentence?

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https://www.duolingo.com/AndreasWitnstein
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That would mean “Yes, the women are going.” in direct answer to the question “Are the women going?”.

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/leverenz123

I don't understand the point of the si. I agree with the others.

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cathy1208

why is "yes, the women are going" wrong?

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tpprioli

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.

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/midovicov

what is meaning of si here?

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lone-Lobo

well this is the most talked about sentence so far:) thank you Elijoy

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kittykataqua

So am I correct in thinking that 'sí' is not an actual word in it's own right, but used to emphasize anything in any sentence?

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