https://www.duolingo.com/agclapp

"Somos niñas."

5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/agclapp

Why can't this be translated as "we are children"?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nasrinsee

I agree, I am also confused :/

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ichuta

children means (translated to spanish) niños.example: 3 boys=niños 3 girls= niñas,but if you add a boy(now 3 girls and 1 boy), you have to use children. resume : in my opinion you use children translated to spanish , when you speak generally with a mixed group of boys and girls. i hope it helps.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iamnickdolan

In other words, masculine form is dominant, unless you're a feminist, I guess.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaxline

Because it is in the femenine form. Children is always masculine NIÑOS

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roguex_1979

In the last question it was Ustedes son Ninas, and it translated to you are children. So why does somos ninas suddenly change to we are girls??

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/priella1

I said this earlier.. and here we are

Saying children here is going to confuse people later in their learning.. Ellos son niños = They are boys / children. Ellas son niñas = They are girls. Why? Because in using the " -as " part of the words ellAS and niñAS We have enough information to know they are all females in the group. So, saying they are children... leaving out details since we know the knowledge that those kids are all females. Would we say: Similarly we can say in spanish Bebo. and leave out Yo bebo. Because we know that the " -o " means you are talking about " I "

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rice00cake

How about pupils???? Why isnt correct?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shatley707

if you were to to translate "we are pupils", you would get "somos alumnos". You can't translate "girls" to mean "pupils". While you can certainly INFER extra meanings to words when they're used in conversation, they still hold true to their literal translations.

For example, my mother is the chorus director at the local school. If she were to say something along the lines of "my girls" or "my women", my family can automatically assume she's talking about her students because my parents have no daughters. However, if some random person on the street said "my girls", then you would have no way of knowing what they're talking about without extra information - they may be talking about their children, but they may not. You can't possibly know.

So, you can't translate "we are girls" as "we are students" without additional background information. (You have to work in-context with your translations - if there is no context, do NOT assume.)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/trent21

Was definitely told me niñas means children in the last lesson.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissNaturalle

I know it's slightly confusing, but if I remember correctly it has the word feminine in brackets next to it. It can only mean a group of female children. But ninos can mean a group of boys or a group of children from both sexes.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LangStud

So saying , " Ellas somos ninas " ( couldn't place the accent key above the a from my board ) meaning , " They are girls " is also correct ?

5 years ago
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