"I cook the chicken with a pan."
Translation:Cocino el pollo en una sartén.
Thanks! I like it when someone brings some information that is not included in the official material. It is nice to know about the cultur and/or about the way of speaking, and not only about the technical things. Also it helps to remember the word. I saw in Wikipedia that Ecija is a pretty small town with around 40,000 inhabitants. Have you been there? Is it an ineresting/nice place to visit at?
I can cook with a pan in the same way that I stir the pan with a spoon. I can also cook with chicken if I'm using chicken as an ingredient. It might be a regional difference.
I also think of –por– as meaning "through." For a really good analysis of when to use –por– and –para–, see: http://www.spanishdict.com/topics/show/10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cBJoq479NM http://spanish.about.com/cs/grammar/a/porpara.htm http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/porpara.htm http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/differentiating-between-por-and-para-in-spanish.html http://www.spanishdict.com/topics/show/10
I agree that in English it should be IN a pan. I suspect that may also be the case in Spanish, but I'm not that confident of my Spanish.
I'm confused bc I tried to guess. When I pressed pan to see the translation sarten came up along with criba. I guessed that criba would prob be used along with Una but wasn't sure about what gender to assign sarten so I chose to use criba. It marked it wrong and gave me a completely diff word I don't remember learning or seeing listed. To me that's a bit unfair. Sartén did at least sound familiar I just couldn't remember it's gender.
La sartén o el sartén? We use both in the restaurant kitchen but everyone knows when the chef (me) asks for a sartén, una o un, he wants a sartén and he wants it now! The point is, unless you are trying to become a member of the grammar police, that communication is what it is all about. Is anybody going to fail to understand you because you use one article or the other? No. So take it in stride and worry about the bigger things in life!