Since the "lo" is a blind reference and there's no "a él", isn't it more likely to be "it" than "him"?
There is really no way to tell without context. The sentence can still refer to "him" even if there is no "a él" in the sentence. So either "him" or "it" should be accepted. I entered "it" and it was accepted.
It could also mean I reject you - 3rd person singular formal (an accepted answer).
I have the same question. Couldn't it than also be translated to ''I rejected it?''
You can reject either him or it, but since the Spanish verb was in the present the translation must be in the present. But I do wish I knew whether this is an -ar, -er, or ir verb so I would know how to conjugate it. I find the lack of rules of grammar very frustrating. It's like I have to memorize all possible Spanish sentences.
I get your frustration, but learning by doing is how Duolingo works, even if that means you get it wrong occasionally. This is the most widely accepted teaching method currently since it mimics how children learn and is much more effective in getting people to actually use the language.
So from Duolingo's perspective what you are not learning here is how to conjugate rechazar. Instead you are learning to recognize that, given the construction of the phrase, an unaccented o, and the absence of another verb, the second word is an -ar verb conjugated in the first person and present tense version. Rather than memorize the possibilities as one used to do, the new method is to learn them through regular exposure and practice. Give someone a fish and they eat for a day, teach them to fish and they can conjugate present tense -ar verbs on the fly and actually use the language.
Anyway, there is no rule to looking off this site for answers, and there are many other resources that will let you know how rechazar is conjugated. For example, here: http://www.spanishdict.com/conjugate/rechazar and here: http://lema.rae.es/drae/?val=rechazar
You may have realised that the conjugation of verbs is now available, at least in the web version, maybe not the App, simply by clicking on the verb in the sentence, (underneath the meaning).
Thank you for taking the time to let me know. This was not available when I first wrote my plaint, but I have found it helpful since they installed it.
It used to be that when you clicked on a verb in the exercise the last option on the list was "Conjugate." This really useful feature has mysteriously disappeared. IT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE!
You can, however, click on the verb at the top of the discussion and it will usually show you the conjugation.
Good question. In a conversation, I would put in the a él unless we were already talking about him. That way you wouldn't have to guess.
In the real world no one ever has to guess. Thevcontext of a sentence is always established and known. And in fact, no one has to guess in Duolingo, either.
What we need to know is all the possible things a Spanish sentence could mean. And none are the mean thing. Every different time we see a sentence we should use a different possible answer so we can learn them all. There is no guessing about it.
Why is "I reject her" wrong? Can "lo" not refer to " her " just as well as "him"?
@write2ove, I gave you a thumbs up because some total fool gave you a thumbs down. Your question is a completely legitimate one. It is good that you asked it. Don't let the total fools hold you back from asking what the total fools must think are stupid questions.
Great, now i know what a spanish-speaking woman will tell her friends after meeting me. Sigh.
Could someone please explain why duo keeps using the direct pronouns lo and la for him and her? Because, and I could be wrong, that you use the indirect pronouns when referring to people, as a sign of politeness.
The direct object pronouns are «lo/le/la», lo and le are interchangeable but la and le are not, le as a direct object pronoun is mostly used in Spain.
What is wrong with "I decline it"? In English one says things like "I declined their proposal". I thought that would be rechazar in Spanish.
I put "I reject him" and it said it was wrong only to show me that exact same translation as the correct one.
I put, "I reject" and was marked wrong. To infer "it" or "him" applies here is asking the student to ASSUME this belongs at the end of the sentence. Duolingo needs to be aware of this and put "it or him" to eliminate ALL doubts.
No, verbs do not change for gender, ever. Rechazo always means "I reject", rechaza means "He/she rejects" (or "you reject" in a formal setting).
Lo always means "it" or "him" or refers to a masculine noun, la means "her" or refers to a feminine noun.
So "I reject her" would be "La rechazo". "Lo rechaza", on the other hand, means "He/she rejects him/it".