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"Nuestra gata come" - Why use come and not comes?

I am curious why you would use "come" instead of "comes" here. "Come" is described as formal but surely the relationship to your cat would be informal and you should use "comes"?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/OnesimusUnbound

"nuestra gata" in the sentece is a third singular gramatical person, hence "come" is used. "comes" is only used for second singular person, "tu" in spanish

3 years ago

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Comes is for informal "you eat", but we are not talking to the cat, which would be 2nd person singular. We are talking about our cat making this 3rd person singular. ("come" is not just used for "usted" which is the formal version of you. ) "come" is also used for él or ella whom we are talking about. The pronoun to replace "our cat", "nuestra gata", is female and would be "ella" which takes "come" so the noun also takes "come". Just as when we talk about our pet female cat in English, we could say "she eats" or "it eats" if we are not fond of the cat. We add s to the verb for the 3rd person singular verb form, but in Spanish they add the s for the 2nd person informal singular where we would not "you eat"
http://spanish.about.com/od/conjugation/a/present_conjug.htm

http://video.about.com/spanish/Intro-to-Spanish-Conjugation-in-the-Present-Tense.htm .

3 years ago

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Simply put:

comes = you eat come = he/she/it eats

3 years ago

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"Comes" is the 'tu' version of the infinitive 'comer' (to eat). So when you say 'Nuestra gata comes' you are saying 'Our cat you eat'! Hopefully, no one is dining on any cats, big or small (I don't know if you can tell, but I'm a cat person) :P

Okay, back to the lesson at hand. 'Come' can be used when speaking to someone in the formal 'usted', but it can also mean 'he/she/it eats' as well. So essentially, 'Nuestra gata come' is like saying 'Our cat (female) she eats'. Of course, the 'she' is simply implied here.

3 years ago

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"Nuestra gata come"-------- Our cat eats.

"Nuestra gata comes" ------- You eat our cat !

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MicaelaLimon

Nuestra gata se llama Camila. Camila come alimento para gatos. Camila come todos los días. Nuestra gata come.

=D

3 years ago