Translation:Observation is important in science.
Why isn't "The observation is important for science" a valid answer? Can it not be referring to a specific observation rather than general observation? Or is this a Spanish idiom?
Hola NobleJohn: In Spanish wehn we talk about things in general, the big picture, we use the article, in this case "La". It is not translated to English.
I think "Observation is important to science" would also be OK. But DL doesn't agree.
An IMPORTANT observation in science is not any observation. Therefore I think "THE observation" should be correct too. (I'm no a native-speaker, so please correct me if I am wrong).
This sentence doesn't refer to a specific observation, but the act of observing.
Hola susanes: In Spanish wehn we talk about things in general, the big picture, we use the article, in this case "La". It is not translated to English.
Couldn't the context be a particular science, thus allowing "the" scince (we are talking about)?
Perhaps in Spanish one would refer to a specific observation as "esa/esta observación" not "la observación," reserving the latter solely for observations in general.
Also, you could say 'the science', as it doesn't have to be important for all sciences, for example in mathematics we don't take observations
I put "Observation is important for science." and it was marked correct, so maybe the fixed that since you posted.
If the observation were important for a specific science, e.g. chemistry, would the inclusión of the... the science be correct?
I did In science rather than For or To. DL didn't like that although I feel it's perfectly OK.
Please do indicate when it is okay to drop the definite article (the two 'the' for la). I recognize it sounds more idiomatic English, but there have been other times when I omitted the 'the' and it was deemed incorrect. Would the sentence without one or the other or both 'la' be wrong in Spanish?
I can't tell when either. I knew it was a 50/50 gamble as sometimes they want them and sometimes not. Still, I should have known to leave them out.