"How old are you?"

Translation:¿Cuántos años tienes tú?

December 18, 2012



This happened to me too.....I forgot that they want ALL of the options that can be right. If you forget one, the answer is marked wrong.

December 25, 2012


That system can get really frustrating if you are trying to do your lesson fast and just hit "the" right answer when you see it.

December 26, 2012


you know a lot of languages!!

April 19, 2015


Oh I didn't realize you had to mark more than one. Thank you

July 20, 2014


It says that ¿Cuántos años tienen ustedes? is also a correct answer for "how old are you?" ustedes is for more than one person, so it should not be a correct translation, right?

January 8, 2013


No, it is correct, laprica. In English there is no distinction between "you" of tu, usted, or ustedes.

Although less commonly seen, saying "how old are you" for more than one person is valid and can be interpreted as "how old are you [all]", with "all" being understood (much like how "yo" and "tu" are not always needed in Spanish). In addition, the verb "to be" (conjugated here as "are") is conjugated the same way for both singular and plural forms of you.

I hope this helps clarify.

January 8, 2013


Also, "tienen" is used which should give you a clue that they are talking to multiple people

February 6, 2015


I am so confused when i don't use the plurals, I'm wrong, then when I do sometimes it's wrong

November 16, 2014


im with you on this one

August 31, 2014


I wrote "Cuántos años tienes" and Dl marked my answer wrong. Why do I need to use tú in the end? Isn't tú implied because of tienes?

May 19, 2018


I entered exactly the same as you, "Cuántos años tienes?", and was marked correct.

December 19, 2018


To those that do not think you can be plural in English, think of someone introducing a person to a group , "I would like to present to you, John Smith." It is defintely used in the plural.

August 27, 2014


why is "cuantos anos tienes" not correct?

June 2, 2019


Do you know what anos means? You definitely want to use accents if you mean años.

Anyway, I entered what you did (with accents) and it was accepted.

June 3, 2019

July 18, 2013


But "you are how old?" is not the sentence given in English; it's "how old are you?"

July 19, 2013


¿tienes cuántos años? could be valid in few certain contexts. If your Spanish region is used to talk like that because reasons or if you were with many things in the head and you gave yourself a pause, ¿tienes... cuántos años?. It makes sense in Spanish and everybody will understand, but it isn't a recommended construction.

April 20, 2016


Asking "how many days/weeks/months/years" you have is essentially the same thing as asking how old you are. I know they're looking for years only, but shouldn't the other options also be valid?

January 2, 2013


No, not really. Do you ever expect someone to respond with their age in months or days when you ask how old they are?

January 26, 2013


What about a baby? Oh wait, I guess they probably couldn't talk if they were that young.

April 4, 2013


Haha, for babies, you generally ask their parents with the followings: ¿cuántos tiene? (here you're dropping meses because it's clear), ¿cuántos meses tiene?, ¿cuánto tiempo tiene?.

In addition, translating How old are you you get ¿cuán viejo eres? which is kind of offensive, specially to not-so-young people. ¿Cuántos años tienes? or ¿qué edad tienes? are the most accepted and polite forms.

April 20, 2016


While there could totally be nerdy kids who want ask each other how many days/weeks/months old they are, or there could be situations in math class where it is necessary to calculate how many days/weeks/months old someone is, those would need to be phrased as "How old are you/is so and so in days/weeks/months?" to show that someone wants to see age expressed in some unit of time other than years.

March 30, 2013


I thought it would be 2 and 3 cuantos anos tienes and cuantos anos tienen ustedes but it was only the ustedes one?

February 23, 2013


Both are correct.

June 17, 2013


Its like saying, "I don't like you people." Using "you" to refer to multiple people.

September 6, 2014


I prefer to ask "how young are you?"

July 27, 2017


If speaking to a baby is no 2 option not possible?

December 18, 2012


Pretty sure you wouldn't ask a baby how old it is...

December 28, 2012


Considering in an earlier chapter they have a bear drinking beer, I'm pretty sure months should at least be a valid answer (though maybe not a required one)

December 30, 2012


I've asked a baby how old they were. Some babies can talk.

December 29, 2012


Plus you could be saying it rhetorically, like how you talk to a baby to help it recognize speech.

December 29, 2012


It listed the correct option twice. I selected both and then it told me it was wrong. I can't seem to figure out the accents above letters but I have a pretty good memory.

July 8, 2014


Cuantos anos eres Tu? Why is this wrong?

July 19, 2014


In Spanish they never literally ask "How old are you?" they ask "¿Cuántos años tienes?" which means "How many years do you have?", and you answer "Tengo ? años." It would of been nice if they offered this in the hints though because even knowing this I entered the ultra literal translation I've become accustomed to DuoLingo wanting.

July 22, 2014


Can "qué viejo tú eres? be asked as well??

August 14, 2014


I'm not certain on this. But I think of viejo as old, an adjective, and does not mean age, a noun. Ser describes something more permanent about a person, and age is constantly changing. would qué estás tu viejo? Be acceptable maybe... :/ ? I think in this case you just memorize a person's 'age' as 'having years'.

January 2, 2015


i dont understand why you would get it wrong if you had one of the two correct

October 30, 2014


The plural one shouldn't be on here bc I interpret it as how old are you all. How old are you in English is not plural....

December 14, 2014


I put "qué veterano somes tú" from the drop down boxes. DL said it is wrong. What is the point of drop down boxes/words if they are all wrong?

November 30, 2015


The point is using common sense, not just choosing any word to make a non-sense sentence.

April 20, 2016


The question "How old are you?" I translated using the hover hints as, Que veterano es ustedes? The correct answer was listed as Que edad tienen ustedes? Edad and tienen were not listed as options in the hover hints. Where did I go wrong?

February 18, 2016


tienen is for third person plural.. how does that make any sense?

March 10, 2016


Please remember the ñ in años...

February 4, 2017


Años tienes? I always heard tienes años

January 5, 2018


The answer shown is TENES.

February 12, 2018


¿Cuántos años tienes?is correct. Duolingo sux! Never pay for poor quality teaching.

June 16, 2018


I put "Tienes cuántos años". Why is that not correct?

April 15, 2019


Why is "Tú tienes cuántos años" wrong?

April 15, 2019


Tienes IS only used in the "you" form. So how come tú is necessary?

June 12, 2019


All answers are the same :(

August 3, 2019


Why is there to of the same phrases

August 10, 2019
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