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" muestras tu cinturón."

Translation:You show your belt.

September 2, 2013

266 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Manyginger

under what kind of context "you show your belt" is ok to use?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tedsmoker

If he doesn't believe you know karate, you show your belt.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/irene121212

Great answer ! Ha ha


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eliziology

Sometimes i question Duolingo


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susan844209

"I am a duck. I speak English" from a couple lessons ago. What?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rkpatnode01

From what my husband has said (who is fluent in spanish), he says even the weird sentences help you learn because it teaches you how certain words are used in conjunction to other words. Even if it's not something commonly said, it still helps.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VerdeNino

Me too. I'm not a duck, I'm a Grumpy Cat.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kama410

That sentence does not mean, "I speak English, I am a duck," actually. Go look up the word, "pato," and see what it is slang for. It's a pretty rude sentence, really.

It reminds me of the time I was waiting tables and had a table (the last table of the night) of two hispanic women. I happened to mention that I really wanted to learn to speak Spanish because it was such a beautiful language. I said, "What other language can you talk about food in and sound so sexy? Like, tortillas..." and I rolled the 'R' and said it slow and sensually.
For no reason they both just about fell out of thier seats laughing. I finally got them to explain. It turns out that, "tortilla," also has a slang meaning...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matthew53527

Children's cartoon


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Helen208222

"Pato" isn't necessarily offensive slang. It depends where you are. I have an Argentinian colleague who uses it as a nickname. I kept very quiet when I learnt the offensive sense from Kitchen Confidential!

I LOVE that use of tortilla btw!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chione2

I have the same, some things just sound a bit too weird


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OreoMcsnuffles

Perhaps it's just a mother scolding her son: "You show your belt when you wear that shirt! I wouldn't mind, but it's a terrible belt."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marshpy

Kinda like "tengo un cuchillo" question.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/blockeegle

Or doesn't believe you won a wrestling tournament.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sabre2th1

When she says you are poor, you show your belt! Show off that armani!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Toddus

Thanks, at least thats sensible.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JahvyJahmel

Why Isnt It "Tú muestra su cinturón


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angie833637

Tu/tus= yours Su/sus=his or hers(depending on the content) Nuestros=ours I cant quite remember thiers but if u can remember this list it helps...A LOT!!! Good question! :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mexicanfoodfreak

Su/sus = his, her, your (formal) or their. You would not use su to mean your after using tú, the familiar form of you. You would use su if you had used usted, but muestras would then be replaced with muestra.

You could also use su if you were trying to say: You show his/her/their belt.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Baylee919189

You show their belt?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CFCHAZARD10

XD Lol, great answer


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WilhelmJuan16

PERFECTION IS WITH THIS ONE


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NatalieWes13

NO, THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WVJoy

I was thinking the same thing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PauperBern

What a save!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lydia214813

I think that is gobil de ❤❤❤❤


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jeff.suter

Here is a context that I can imagine Manyginger. I am thinking of "You show your belt." as a simple statement of instructive fact. A person has been invited to a costume party whose host has set as a requirement that everyone who attends must wear a belt of some sort and that to actually be included in the festivities there is only one thing every invitee has to do at the doorway to this party. You show your belt. The host doesn't care what shape, color, or size it is. You just have to show it before the host will allow you in.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARLongman

Even this would be wrong, in Spanish you have the imperative form, and therefore, you would use that form. I get your logic, however, it just doesn't flow in a linguisitc sense.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/grandta13

¿Qué hago cuando llego a la fiesta? «Tú muestras tu cinturón.»


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eloise23

¡ Tal vez es una fiesta de artes marciales! :-D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hhowell4694

ashleyrich, this doesn´t take the imperative form, it is an indicative statement of fact. jeff.suter's example, albeit completely weird, is correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Baylee919189

Right. Because the sentence is meant to teach beginners who lack the nuances of a language they've only just begun to learn. They're not trying to win a Pulitzer Prize.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jeff.suter

Ok. learned that linguistically this is not a working solution/use. Thank you ashleyrich. How about this same scenario and one person asks the other. "So, how will I get into the costume party" and the first person replies "You show your belt". Would this be ok in this non-imperative form?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hhowell4694

You were right the first time lol


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EricaHarley

Thinking of making a party just like this simply for the sake of using the sentence. How do you say "or else" in Spanish?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tessbee

Probably (translation: I'm guessing), "si no" :) (The English is idiomatic.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Drumknott

These phrases and sentences are not always common sayings. It helps to remember the main purpose is to illustrate whatever the lesson is about and give us practice putting together the correct constructions.
Since we have a relatively small vocabulary so far, there aren't many word choices available, so the sentences can be goofy, awkward or odd things that no one would ever actually say, but as long as they are grammatically correct, they serve the purpose for teaching us. The good thing is, they are sometimes quite ridiculous and good for a laugh.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AshleyInsp

Totally agree! You are learning while laughing at the strangness of these questions! Love it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marilynls

A good reply! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bensawyer8

Such a good point! And what is rediculous and funny tends to stick!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NatalieWes13

Yes, agreed! All this chat isn't helping Duolingo. XD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trevzilla

not sure, but being able to ask a plummer to wear a belt in Spanish would be useful.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GregRichar5

If someone asks, "what's holding up your pants?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sophie106

"I show my bracelet, you show your ring. I show my necklace, you show your belt. Why do you have to do everything differently from me?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Benzy911
  • Said the cop at the airport security checkpoint. (because the scanner/metal detector alarm kept ringing!)
  • Or your friend brags about his clothes are Gucci, so you try to find something cheap on him as his belt and maybe underwears lol

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tessbee

Those two scenarios would still require the imperative form ("muestra" [for Tú]/"muestre [for Ud.])


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Peztis
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Well, as a mother of a son practicing judo this sentence feels actually perfectly natural. There are far worse sentences in Duo than this. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ocnic

If you're the World Heavyweight Champion


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tim91292

Or the person might want to show off their new Gucci Designer Belt lol


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tyronemccullum

If a boxer win the championship


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mojavejeeper

Thanks, I won't put this on the list with "when the white animal arrives"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LearnerKtm

it's a belt party.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArunavaC

How about at security check at an airport?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gol.saileach

like you are exibiting your belt, or showing it off, at least as i understand it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Treble

E.g. Can you show your belt?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alonzo_flowers

If you're talking to the world wrestling champion


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PierFrance262780

When you are deciding whether keeping your pants on the the shirt or under the shirt.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dmo530

Pretend like you're telling someone what to do.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rickydito

dmo: No That would require the imperative (command) form: Muestra tu cinturón! which means "Show your belt!" as opposed to the sentence, "Tú muestras tu cinturón" which means "You show your belt".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GMemphiz

Bro, you dropped $120 on that Gucci belt. Muestras tu cinturon.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ErichMinya

Yes, lucha libre. Or awkward conversations that obviously duolingo thinks people seem to have on the regular.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/miza713

Lol I won't answer that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Daniel-in-BC

On my first view of this sentence (before I really looked at it), I saw "You teach your belt" and thought "What can you teach a belt?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flyingazul

Totally understandable. I thought I saw "maestra".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SteffanieS

Since this thread was created two years ago, no one will see this. But, I also saw it as teach because I am doing both Irish and Spanish. Irish for teacher is múinteoir. Somehow, I combined that with maestras and got muestras.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dani281...

I saw the same thing...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/blackjackduo

Maybe how to do itself up?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/solidwolfg

How is "You are showing your belt" wrong, yet "You show your belt" correct?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mark-in-cal

that would be - "Tú estás mostrando tu cinturón"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrein

Yes! That's what I ran into also!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/awesomewhovian

Im going to name my first kid narnia and wheneverit is their birthday i'll get them a present and say FOR NARNIA and they will just stand their and look at me funny


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllieOnza

LOVE those books!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rickydito

solid: That should be correct, but Duolingo does not accept it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OneVerce

Because it is present tense.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/solidwolfg

They are both present tense. One can be both present and gerund.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tronicowl

You show your belt. No one can doubt your Batman status now.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sanmiguel82

Why "muestras" here and not "muestra" ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bjlearner

"Muestras" is the verb in this sentence so it is conjugated for the subject, "tú".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RKeeley

Would this not mean "your belt is showing"? The Spanish phrase has a more active feel than that, but I figured I'd ask.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rickydito

No, because "tú" is the subject, not "your belt".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RKeeley

I was thinking it could be like some verbs which require a more backward phrasing, like the French "Tu me manques", which means "I miss you", but is more literally translated as "you are missing to me". Apparently that's not the case with "muestrar". Thanks.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eloise23

Compare the verb form with your proposed subject. In this case, MUESTRAS does indeed match the subject form Tú, with the accent, and does not match the 3rd person noun CINTURON.

Another clue would be, are there any ME's hanging around. It could be one of those roundabout wordings you were wondering about if the ME is in front of or possibly attached to the end of the verb.

Hope that helps!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EugeneTiffany

Third person noun? Whoa! Interesting. What would be the first person noun? How does one conjugated nouns, exactly?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eloise23

Nouns are declined. First person noun - I, me, we, us Second person nouns - you, you all Third person nouns - they, them, Fred, the Simpsons, the baseball bat, the elephants


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eloise23

Eugene, I misled you a bit. The nouns (and pronouns) are separated into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd persons as I said, but that's not declining nouns.

To decline nouns (and pronouns) they are listed in the different forms they take: nominative (subject), accusative (direct object), dative (indirect object), genitive (possessive), in gender, and all their plurals.

Some languages have many declensions (Latin, Hungarian, Finnish), some have hardly any (English, Spanish), and some are in between (German).

The pronouns tend to retain the declensions - you're encountering those in Spanish (yo, me, mi-, etc) , and there are a few left in English (I, me, mine,etc.)

Word order replaces declination, in general. Jan 20, 2015


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EugeneTiffany

Elisa, thank you again. All that is completely outside my field,

Apologies for misspelling your name. Will fix it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rickydito

The infinitive is "mostrar". It is a stem-changing verb so when it is conjugated the "o" changes to "ue" in some forms.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

In response to RKeeley and Rickydito:

In English, a sentence is active voice when the verb does not have some form of the verb "to be" as an auxiliary/helping verb in the predicate. A sentence with any form of the verb "to be" as a helping verb is in passive voice. Besides other things that it can do, the passive voice turns the direct object (DO) into the subject of the sentence. For example:

Active Voice: Juan shows his belt. Passive Voice: His belt is showing OR His belt is shown by Juan.

Active Voice: Juan throws the ball. Passive Voice: The ball is thrown OR The ball is thrown by Juan.

The passive voice has the ability to "hide" who is responsible for throwing the ball.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeorgeIvan4

I think "You are showing your belt" should be okay! If not, how would you translate "You are showing your belt"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timstellmach

It probably should be. Although "muestras" is simple present tense and "showing" is present progressive, English sometimes uses the latter in cases where Spanish uses the former.

Specifically, they both use the simple present for habitual actions and generalizations. They both use the present progressive for continuous actions that are currently in progress. But for actions that are happening at the moment, Spanish tends to use simple present and English tends to use present progressive (although simple present is not incorrect for this in English). As an aside, Spanish never uses the present progressive for the near future, but English often does.

Since you ask, the present progressive in Spanish uses "estoy" along with a conjugation of the action verb that suffixes the stem with "-ando" or "-iendo." So, in this case, "Tú estás mostrando tu cinturón" would be "You are (in the process of) showing your belt."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EugeneTiffany

Eleven Lingots for you, amigo. I really get tired of seeing these totally off the wall translations and the bemoaning about how they seem "natural" when they aren't actual translations of the Spanish sentence.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnthonyHas

I wrote "she shows off her belt" because I thought that sounded more natural in English. Duolingo didn't approve. Does anyone know what the Spanish for that phrase would be?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nyankittie

Well, "she shows off..." doesn't work, since it's "you show off your belt." Otherwise, "show" is pretty close to "show off" so I see what you mean.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kilyle

That was my thought too: "You show off your belt." It sounds more natural to me as well, though I could see some situations in which "You show your belt" would apply... just not many.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kate233417

I got this question twice, once as a "translate this text" version, and once as a multiple choice. One of the multiple choice options was "Tú mostrarías tu cinturón." (I figured muestras was correct, but also thought mostrarías would be correct so I chose that to check and see, and I got it wrong. Couldn't one say "Tú mostrarías tu cinturón." using the conditional: You would show your belt .. if your shirt was too short, for example?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/colen35

I used " show your belt" and was graded wrong. Then I used "You are showing your belt" and was graded wrong. It seems that it would be the same as telling someone his belt is showing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eloise23

Colen, I agree, the context is unclear. "You show your belt" would more likely be a command in English. However, in the Spanish sentence, " show your belt" as a command would be MUESTRE. So now we know it isn't a command.

In English, we would most likely use "You are showing your belt" rather than "you show your belt", but Spanish uses those two present tenses differently than we do. I guess we just have to get used to the slightly different ways of expressing them.

I have found Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Verb Tenses extremely helpful ( http://www.amazon.com/Practice-Perfect-Spanish-Tenses-Edition/dp/0071639306# ), even better than the very helpful Study Spanish Grammar ( http://www.studyspanish.com/tutorial.htm ).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EugeneTiffany

The context is unclear? No Duolingo sentence has a supplied context.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abigail.White

SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hhowell4694

Abigail good lord, let's tone it down a little. EugeneTiffany is actually one of the HELPFUL users on duo, so calm your t*ts.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EugeneTiffany

What we are supposed to be learning here are all the prospective possible contexts which a given sentences applies. Sorry, I did not explain that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hhowell4694

No tengo la menor idea


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EugeneTiffany

I got dinged for submitting, "You show its belt" where the belt belongs to a doll. I reported Duolingo's error and could check the box declaring that my answer was right, but I could not check the box which allowed me enter an explanation. Though that box worked fine twenty minutes ago.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tessbee

Duolingo Notice:

Sorry, box is closed today. Doing inventory. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Anyway, "tu" only means "your"; cannot be "its".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EugeneTiffany

Yeah. You're right. What was I thinking? Oh, wait, I wasn't thinking. Man, I love simple explanations like that. And I have it figured out now. It’s like, "Tú muestras tu tutu."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tessbee

Exactamente. And then do an attitude.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tessbee

Your mention of tutu reminded me of when I was little, of how I used to make little ballerinas out of cellophane candy wrappers in different colors; a little knot of the thing, some twisting, some pressing, and I got my little colored ballerinas doing the attitude, the pirouette, and those other stuff in hard-to-pronounce French names, all lined up and stuck to a wall.

Now, I'm really cluttering up the page!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EugeneTiffany

Wowl I bet that was cute!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EugeneTiffany

When the stingy Reply allowances run out I just move up to the first Reply button available in the string and use it. Sometimes it is necessary to name the person who wrote the commnent I am replying about. I am doing that right now. And that appears to be what you must have done, too. The trick works usually well, except for the time when the Web Master had the messages showing above each other instead of under which was really screwy.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janaycakes9

can cinturon be a seatbelt?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skeets

why is muestras plural? YOU=singular, BELT=singular.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tessbee

Skeets: It's not plural. It's the way the verb "mostrar" (to show) is changed (or conjugated) to match the Subject ":

Yo muestro (I show)

muestras (You show) [Informal]

Usted muestra (You show) [Formal]

Él/Ella muestra (He/She shows)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chrisphoenix7

Muestras is the verb for you.

yo muestro (I show), ella muestra (She shows), etc... =)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kbigley

What is an effective way of remembering "muestras"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NEGenge

I think this is more a case of "show off" than show. Muestras can mean "you display" or "you exhibit." So, instead of leaving your shirt out, you tuck it in and show off your cool belt buckle.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ANGEL4JUSTICE

how do you conjurgate when it comes to ir verbs


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tessbee

It follows the same pattern as the -ar verbs except that you replace the "i" of the "ir" ending to "e" for ella/él/usted: (Note: "escribir" [and many others] is an irregular verb (at least, partly irregular); irregular verbs have their own 'world' :))

(Escribir)
Yo escribo
Tú escribes
Usted escribe
Él/Ella escribe
Nosotros escribimos
Ustedes escriben
Ellos/Ellas escriben

You may want to check out http://spanishdict.com; Click on "Menu", then select "Conjugate" and enter whatever verb you want to see a conjugation of.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dominic974360

I remember 'Cinturón' as belt, because a belt is kind of at the CENTER of your body and Cinturón and center kind of sound the same.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hhowell4694

I remember cinturón because it cinches your waist


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wilsta68

why has it got un s on end


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tessbee

Because muestras is what you use when the subject is .

Someone voted you down; I'll even it out with an up-vote because, for me, your question is a valid one.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Connie866647

Im confused because muestra is sample or taste, right? How is this now show?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hhowell4694

Are you thinking of prueba?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Connie866647

true, prueba is taste. But in our other or earlier lessons, muestra was sample. I would swear it!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hhowell4694

Prueba is try as in taste or try on. Una prueba is a quiz. Like a trial of knowledge. Muestra is teach or show, I have never heard it used to mean sample. I have no idea why people are down voting, we are discussing the vocabulary and this is the place to do it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/95033934

Why isn't there an accent on the second 'tú?'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hhowell4694

This has been asked and answered, see below.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shaka126968

just to be clear, does muestras infer multiple belts, while muestra implies that your showing only the one? I'm having a really hard time with verb tenses.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hhowell4694

So, the verb conjugations are based solely on the person doing the action of the verb, the subject of the sentence. Mostrar becomes muestras because tú is the person doing it.

The belt itself has no bearing on the verb. So you could have: tú muestras tu cinturón (one belt) or tú muestras tus cinturones (multiple belts).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/laurenwhite_2020

What is the infinitive verb here?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cimarron9

Why muestras and not muestra?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bess121241

Because there are more than one- it's plural.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hhowell4694

No that's incorrect. There is one person- tú (you) and one belt. The tú form of the present indicative is muestras. Muestra would mean he, she, you (usted form) or "it" shows. It is the 3rd person indicative.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bess121241

Oh. Cool! Learned something new!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hhowell4694

Lol glad I could help.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_ava_a24

Wrestlers show their WWE belt on TV, but do they have fake wrestling in SpainXD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bess121241

How do you decide what "muestras" to use? There are so many different options!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tessbee

Only "muestraS" can be used with " (when the sentence is indicative and in present tense).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Larry360186

Sometimes i see tú meaning you but sometimes i see tu meaning you when i thought it meant your. Can anyone help?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hhowell4694

Tú with the accent mark always means you as a subject pronoun. Tu without the accent always means your- possessive adjective.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RonShank

For those wondering why Duo has these weird little sentences, it's about learning the grammar, not about learning a sentence that you can use. I'm not a duck, I'm not bringing a bear into the house, etc etc.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaidrose

Has no one heard this phrase before? I've known it to be a threat to being whipped with a belt. I could have sworn I've read it in a book before.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shadowstrike98

I have heard it. That is what I meant by my other comment.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tabi-Toto

hey folks, why don´t I have to use the personal ´a`in this case? As "tú muestras a tu cinturón" ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tessbee

Because cinturón is not a person or an animal with whom you have personal relationship (a pet, for example).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/michaelagy16

What is the original verb, and what are the conjugations


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tessbee

The 'original' form of the verb is "mostrar". The conjugation (for present, indicative only):
Yo muestro.
muestras
Él/Ella/Usted muestra
Nosotros/Nosotras mostramos
Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes muestran


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Steve609629

Ric Flair muestra su cinturón de campeonato. Whoooooooo!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ROBERTO778394

The world wrestling championship belt----the nature boy RIC FLAIR


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Synchotron

This is the first time I have observed one of the "cartoon characters" used in these drills actually conveying meaning - it has a visible cinturon! Otherwise I think the cutesy cartoon characters are distractions. There is a pictographic system called Widgit http://widgit.com/products/symwriter/index.htm and it could be used with all languages. Visual learners do very well with it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GlenScrugg

Cinturon is also used for seatbelt. Use wasn't accepted.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Darkenstern

Was not accepted 12-20-17 either. Of course the full word for seatbelt is cinturon de seguridad but I have often heard people call it cinturon for short.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joshua6261

i put "show your belt" because i thought that it was an imperative sentence and that the 'you' was implied

like when you tell someone to do something, you don't normally say "you sit down", you normally just say "sit down"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joshua6261

is this a command?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timstellmach

No. Although they are the same in English, in Spanish the form of the verb is different for imperatives. "Muestras" is indicative (i.e., the verb form that indicates that something is so).

As a rule, the informal (tú) imperative is the same as the formal (Ud.) indicative. So, in this case, a command would use "muestra."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

Thank you for sharing your grasp of imperatives. It's nice to have a rule to follow for forming the Spanish imperative. Lingot to you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kelic

So there is a change of verb when using an active or passive voice? Is it only in certain instances? Because it seems "Él come un pollo" could be either "he eats a chicken" or "he is eating a chicken." No comprende


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timstellmach

You're thinking of the present progressive. I discuss that in another reply. The passive voice would be "A chicken is eaten by him" ("Un pollo es comido por él").


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ironhans

I took it to mean "Your belt is showing" but that syntax was marked wrong, so I really don't see this sentence as a useful basis for phrase construction.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrein

That's the exact problem I ran into! Thank you for sharing this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EugeneTiffany

Any thinking that the Duolingo sentences need to be evaluated ffor credibility is a gross mistake. Wrong, The only thing that matters is whether or whether not one is able to read and understand the sentences as they are presented.. Would a professional Translator stop the person he or she is translating for and say, "Sir, I wouldn't say that. Back home where I come from we would put it differently." No, This never happens. A real Translator translates what there is to translate while hosting no personal opinion about a sentence's quality or style, or usefulness.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marsto666

how is you are showing your belt wrong?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tetrateeth

Can the word mostrar mean not just "to show", but "to show off" as well?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EugeneTiffany

Prolly! But you will learn more easily working with what Duolingo teaches in its striving to make things as simple as possible, that is, just as it teaches, instead of trying to rewrite the textbook on the fly making things much more complex. Just look at the top of the page to see the answer which is the best one to use and go with it. The way anyone likes to say things is irrelevant.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/guidone1983

Why is their an accent on the "u" in the word "Tu" at the beginning of the sentence, but not an accent on the "u" when "tu" is used the second time?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tessbee

Because they're different words. The first one, Tú, means "You" (informal), and the second tu means "your" (informal your, that is, and goes with ).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gratefulgrace23

Why is it not tu muestra tu cinturon? Is cinturon plural?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eloise23

The verb, muestras, reflects the number and person of the subject, Tú. Cinturon is the direct object. Jan 28,2015


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cap3rz

Shouldn't it be "su cinturon" ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Womble3

What is the difference between 'you show' and 'you are showing'? I would say they are both the same!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BPCUTIE1093

I don't understand why it is muestras and not muestra...help please!!! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skepticalways

Eloise, WOW, impressive streak and knowledge! I had not seen anything about declining nouns and pronouns since I took 7th and 8th grade Latin, decades ago. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gordonjackson1

do you add a S to the verb when you use TU?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YoSoySeth

Not as far as I am concerned, I believe you only add the 'S' to 'TU' when you have a plural in your sentence. For instance, 'Tus perros eres rojos' (Your dogs are red.) I am not 100% sure on that though, so you may wanna have a second opinion. (Published on 2016/4/12)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hhowell4694

You are exactly correct as far as tus and perros. You would use son here though. "Tus perros son rojos" because we need to pluralize the verb as well as the noun and adjective :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/novastheman

Looks like somebody is ready for a spanking.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stephen99554

I wish Duolingo would post a response that explained the correct answer instead of everyone else trying to guess at it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dasefu

Some one getting spanked tonight.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/philallthethings

Well, deep down that sentence evokes fear, as in hispanic (and filipino) culture, belts were used as punishment lol


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_ava_a24

why is it musetras not musestra?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_LilM_

Why must there be so many tenses? Duo keeps giving me words and tenses they haven't explained.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/I_Am_Norah

the double tu v. tú is so tripping


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NaysaAhuja1

What verb is it? Mostar?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Phamtastic8

what the ❤❤❤❤ does this even mean


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WandaJNevills

Why can't it teach how to conjugate verbs?! Why must we always guess?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hhowell4694

This isn't a classroom. They don't even really teach conjugations much in classrooms aside from 5 min of "here, this is how these conjugate" because there are so many irregularities. Why would you just guess if you'll be upset if you're wrong? You can obviously look all the conjugations up in a dictionary or wordreference.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sorghum111

I would really like to get to the reason the answers are there rather than snarky comments on your opinion of the answer... I dont care whats funny I am here for Spanish


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TamirOrbac

So muestra is both "sample" and "show"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sheerluck40649

There could be a case of a winner of a rodeo contest who earns the all - around cowboy award belt and they wear it proudly to show it off. There may be onlookers who recognize it and say to the winner, "You show your belt." I might add today on the end, or put it in present continuous tense for making more sense. But, at least it could happen!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AaronIsaac997921

i was asked this by police in ecuador.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MicahShucks

Show me your belt! "Okay" tugs on belt pants fall down Not only do you show your belt, you also show your underwear


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielAkio4

I dont understand, I thought muestras means "Samples".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Suerte201011

Why muestras not muestro? What am I missing?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RosaliaTer3

somewhere else ibelieve it meant "samples"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shadowstrike98

"Oy karate! Oyyyyyy ya!" "Uh huh, like you know karate," "I will show you my belt!" "Ok I give I give, no belt."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Doug479743

It is a fine belt though.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_DALLY_101_

Tú muestras tu cinturón


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdeelHabib

woah there chill


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mojavejeeper

Show us your belt. In English the "you" is understood. Using the pronoun sounds very odd in English. Maybe airport security?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jermaxonz

I feel like this a situation where someone's showing you they have a gun in their belt so don't try anything


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mariachan1

Kind a creepy....


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThomasCasper

Most of this discussion is many years old, but since the meaning does not appear to be settled in over 200 postings (the longest dicussion threads i have found, I might add) I'll make a suggestion. Most efforts to give this a colloquial or idiomatic meaning are two literal-karate, plumbers, etc. I suggest we (DL learners) give this a more figurative meaning. Henceforth, "You show your belt" or more appropriately, "Tu muestras tu cinturon" (sorry no accents) will be a phase said at the end of a big meal when one person in particular has eaten well. Fellow diners will say "You show your belt" in reference to the big eater's distended belly-suggesting how the full belly pushes ones belt out. Just sayin' now back to work.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stephen6781

Perhaps a polite way to question the wisdom of tucking a jumper in ones trousers!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sherry575663

I think of this as a wife telling her husband he has to put a little fear into the misbehaving children


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xx_duba__bi__hxX

BRUH. Take it from a Cuban. Cinturón is a seatbelt. CINTÓ is belt. They have to change this... people can get easily confused.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rjfcarr

In an airplane - show your (seat)belt when asleep and covered with a blanket


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hever615602

as a native spanish speaker I can say that cinturon can also mean seatbelt ... For belt many contries use a variation of words but i guess that with all spanish words lol


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KeithNorma9

I took this to mean 'your belt is showing', but not accepted.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichaelSty4

Why is "you are showing your belt" incorrect?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daysky

Why isn't "You are showing your belt" correct? The last sentence I put "she comes with us" and they suggested also "she is coming with us"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/syljoma

'You are showing your belt' is also correct


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eliziology

"You show your belt." Why????????????


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexIgra

I wonder if it really means "you show your d---


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kayydeetea

Gotta show off that Hermes buckle.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeeDendyle

Can make this statement in English.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WandaJNevills

Why does it keep teaching us useless phrases no one would ever actually say?! You show your belt. She shows her shoes. I show my shirt. WTF so dumb


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sherrinford4332

Why do I keep getting these questions wrong?!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MBKTruly

I don't think that it would hurt DuoLingo to use more sensible sentences.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IH46
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The text does not fit the screen and therefore half the options are hidden from view


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarleeCrod

its not giving me the right word to choose


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Phyllis36427

The word “muestras” is not in the choices presented.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GinoPerez5

When you win a rodeo.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/philallthethings

maybe you have a cool belt buckle


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tommy2x101

How the hell do you know its muestras and not muestro? Why is it plural? It is one belt....


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/josephebennett

A guy goes to a dominatrix, and has doubts about her abilities???


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CTD615

Conor McGregor much??


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NereaStoll

My mom made me get this wrong


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

Sounds like Howard Wolowitz... :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Siddh_B

how does this make sense?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mangesh.sp23
  • John Cena to Undertaker

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shaunahughes

That is a strange sentence in English. I can't see a use for that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JahvyJahmel

How Is It Not "Tú muestra su cinturón" ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kalle416356

Can 3 random people follow me, I need it for a quest and I have no irl friends.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kristina672424

Which end of the belt?!? Lol


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamGallick

gangstah beer belly


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/coolboykailon

Gmpmpmgmpwpmppwpwpwgm


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Noah806677

Hes gonna get spanked by the belt


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abigail.White

this is not me, this is my brother talking, Discus this sentence with others.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/atntony

makes no logical sense in English.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EugeneTiffany

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