"Yo escribo mis propias cartas."

Translation:I write my own letters.

December 17, 2012



propio < proprius (Latin), related to "property", "proprietor".

May 1, 2015


Oh, thanks. I was struggling with a way to help remember this one.

March 22, 2017


Yep! In French: J'écris mes lettres propres / I write my own letters. propio, propre, proprius.

May 31, 2016


Well it's "j'écris mes propres lettres"

October 10, 2017


Thank you.

April 10, 2016


Shouldn't the English translation of this really be, "I write my own letters." ?

February 10, 2013


Why is it not propios? I thought if the subject is Yo the the verb must be "o" as well. I get why its plural.

August 26, 2015


Propias because cartas is feminine and it needs to match cartas.

August 28, 2015


I was going to ask the same question, so thanks!

January 1, 2016


De nada. ^_^

January 1, 2016


ely1059, escribo is the verb. The adjective needs to match the noun. ^_^

August 10, 2016


How do u know when a words is feminine or masculine?

January 4, 2016


masculine words usually end with 'o/e' while feminine usually ends with 'a'. However, there are exceptions to this rule

January 21, 2016


Thanks, I was going to ask which one is the right one: propio, propia, propios or propias...

Is it because the ending of cartas with -as so propias the best match here and not propia? I just want to make sure my understanding about this matter..

October 31, 2017


si, por exemplo la mano y el agua!

October 2, 2018

  1. In the sentence, escribo is the verb. Escribir turned to Escribo, because of the subject Yo.
  2. Propio is the adjective, must match the noun carta.
  3. Carta is a feminime noun (la carta = article la- infront of noun indicating carta is feminime), so propio changed to propia.
  4. Since the noun cartas in the sentence is plural, then, propia became propias.
October 10, 2017


I got it wrong because of this... :/

June 13, 2016


I am struggling with the plural form can you explain ?

September 12, 2016


Plural is really easy (at least in this case). "Carta" means "letter," "cartas" means "letters." "Propria" would be used with "carta," because "carta" is singular, and "proprias" would be used with "cartas," because "cartas" is plural. Hope this helps.

October 22, 2016


Yes, it can also be translated as, "I write my own letters." Either way is perfectly fine.

April 10, 2013


What was the original translation? It looks like they change it, michisjourdi.

October 11, 2013


I don't even remember anymore. I'm glad they changed it.

October 11, 2013


Thats what I put and it was right

February 21, 2016


I read every comment made with that angry Ichigo avatar as though you're saying it angrily. It amuses me.

February 13, 2017


glad i could entertain you

March 6, 2017


when is the adjective before the noun and when is it after the noun?

June 30, 2013


Here's a link that is a good introduction. You'll find this is the basics and you there are other links as well.


June 30, 2013

October 14, 2016


Thank you for the link!

March 27, 2014


Well, someone's a peasant!

January 28, 2015


Or an independent preschooler learning how to write ;)

February 28, 2016


Correspondence is a completely different word than the word for letters! One is correspondencia, the other is cartas.

February 13, 2013


When do adjectives go in front and back of the noun?

May 8, 2014


Whether an adjective goes before or after a noun depends what is meaning to be said and tradition. I mean the rules of the game. For example, if one was wanting to say, a good man in Spanish it would be, "un buen hombre." If one wanted to say, a great man, it would be, “un gran hombre." And, "gran," here is short for, "grande." When "grande" is used before a noun it is always cut down in size like that. But you can put it behind the noun, also. "Un hombre grande." The meaning then changes because of the different placement. Now it says, a large man, or big man. If you wanted to emphasize this you could say, "¡un hombre muy grande!" A really big man!

If you were using a color the adjective would go behind. "Un hombre azule." A Blue Man.

September 16, 2015


indianburger, I answered your question a whole year behind the time you asked it. You should already well know the answer now if you had continued with your studies. But I know that at this point in the lessons there are others with the same question rattling around in their heads. Your question needed answering, so did.

September 16, 2015


There you go!

March 23, 2017


This guy is very lonely uf he writes his own letters to himself.

April 27, 2015


I write to myself all the time. Talk to myself, too. Fortunately, I am usually in agreement with myself.

September 16, 2015


Sometimes it's the only way to have intelligent conversation:)

January 1, 2016


You got that right!.

January 2, 2016


Does "Yo escribo" only mean: 'I write'? Or can it be used for the present tense 'I am writing' as well?

January 14, 2016


I believe you're right, but no one has addressed it appropriately. See my comment above.

September 25, 2016


Why is "I'm writing my own letters" wrong?

April 8, 2016


I want to know that as well.

May 13, 2016


"cards" shows as the second option on the drop down translation

January 2, 2013


I think that cartas means cards when it's talking about playing cards. I could be wrong about that. Also naipes are playing cards.

June 28, 2013


Right. There are most commonly no OPTIONS. The other words are there most commonly for our education. They most commonly show other uses of a word.

Who started using the term, "OPTIONS," anyway. I'd love to kick his butt for confusing peeps like he has.

September 16, 2015


I don't recall seeing "myself" as a correct option.

January 20, 2013


How do you say "I wrote"

August 17, 2013


yo escribí. I wrote

tú escribiste. You wrote

él escribió. He/She wrote

nosotros escribimos. We wrote

ellos escribiero. They wrote

August 18, 2013


Yo escribía Tu escribías Él/ella/Ud escribía Nosotros escribíamos Vosotros escribíais Ellos/Ellas/Uds. escribían

This is the imperfect form for "i wrote"...there also the preterit form too.

November 14, 2017


Is 'carta' or 'tarjeta' more common? Because my Spanish teacher made a bit of a point of using 'tarjeta'. Are they completely interchangeable?

August 17, 2014


I believe 'tarjeta' is mostly used as a word for 'card', like credit card. I've never heard or seen anyone use it for 'letter'.

September 15, 2015


Carlaquest, what reagion were you referring too. So many different with different usages of words.

September 16, 2015


I was referring to Mexico and Spain.

September 16, 2015


so here's a question: since the adjective has to match the noun gender, in a sentence like "her dress is pretty" ella is feminine, and vestido is masculine, so is su vestido es bonita or bonito accurate?

August 6, 2015


It would be: "Su vestido es bonito." The adjective has the same gender as the noun it modifies. So, since "vestido" is masculine, you would use "bonito". "His, her," and "it" are all "su".

February 26, 2017


Propias- Property- to own

that's how I remember it.

October 20, 2015


Why not 'I am writing my own letters'

April 19, 2017


"I am writing...." is also a correct translation of "escribo". Context would tell us which would be the correct tense to use. Since there is no context here, only one sentence, I just thought which would be the most commonly used sentence. I figured "I write my own letters" would be something I would say more than "I am writing my own letters", so that's what I put. BTW, because it can be translated both ways, DL usually accepts either the English simple present or the present continuous tense for the Spanish simple present tense.

May 28, 2017


I write my own letters. and it is : "supposed" to be

December 25, 2012


Why does. "I write my own cards" not work?

May 10, 2013


Since you asked, "cards" is just one of several meanings for "cartas." Many of the words we are learning can have a number of different English meanings. It is not in Duolingo's interest or aim to service them all. This is basic Spanish and is not meant to be all encompassing. It is enough to learn the primary fundamental meaning of a Spanish word then move on to the next instead of getting bogged down contending with all the different ways a sentence might mean or can be said in English. After all, these are Spanish lessons.

March 29, 2014


OK, Eugene, you get a lingot for that. Thanks.

January 23, 2015


De nada.

January 24, 2015


This is an important phrase to know. Otherwise someone might think you are using a ghostwriter for your letter writing.

December 31, 2014


It is hard to good ghostwriters these days, or even any. Mine all flew off to become ghostwriters in the sky.

September 16, 2015


Because no one else will write me letters...

February 3, 2015


Oh, poor baby. Here is a letter all for you. "A." Here is another! "B." And one more to grow on. "C."

There, that should hold you for a while. And, too, now you know your A, B, Cs.

September 16, 2015


You never fail to make me laugh.

September 16, 2015


how do you know when to us propias or propios

August 8, 2015


'propias' would be with a feminine plural noun; propios would be with a masculine plural noun. Mis cartas proprias. Mis caballos propios.

March 22, 2017


you must remember the gender of the noun. Carta is LA carta. the particle la, indicates the carta is a feminime noun, so you use propia. And since the cartas in the sentence is plural, propia turned to propias.

October 10, 2017


can propio also be used in the context of i own a house yo propio mi case

March 19, 2016


No, "to own" is a different part of speech, and a different word in Spanish.

February 26, 2017


How come in this case its "mis" instead of "mi". Is mis used whenever the following word is plural?

May 28, 2017


Correct! "Cartes" is plural so the possessive pronoun for "my" will be plural as well.

May 28, 2017


What's wrong with"I'm writing my own letters" , How could you distinct : Progressive and General sentences in Spanish => not good in grammar anyways!

May 31, 2017


I agree

September 27, 2018


I thought everyone did :)

January 30, 2018


Why can't it be "I am writing my own letters"?

September 27, 2018
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