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"¿Paga usted?"

Translation:Do you pay?

December 24, 2012



I am finding this type of problem often and I understand if future tense is different but when I fill out an answer like, "Are you paying?" that is also listed as wrong. But no English speaker would ever use the sentence, "Do you pay?" I'm wondering if the Spanish program has been put together by native Spanish speakers, but not native English speakers-?


McMena- I wrote "Are you paying" and Duo marked it as correct.


I think it is just an oversimplification because "paying" is a present participle, and that may be too advanced for certain lessons. "Do you pay?" is a little awkward, but not so much so as to be alarming if I heard it in English.


the last question was you pago, and I will pay was listed as an alternate answer. I don't see why will you pay is different, and why following your form results in a wrong answer.


You pay? is a direct translation. Maybe 'will' ads more levels to the translation, making it more of a request in the future?


I think what you saw was "Yo pago" not "You pago".


If "¿Paga usted?" is "You pay?" and "Pay you?" is incorrect, would "¿Usted Paga?" be "Pay you?" As if to say 'you want me to "pay you?"'


You need to remember "paga" is the usted version of the verb, meaning it is "you" doing the paying. Not exactly sure but I believe it would be "pago usted" if asking "I pay you"


That's true, but doesn't quite solve the confusion, because "paga" is also the él/ella version of the verb, so it seems like it could also mean "(s)he pays you?" However, Strawberries777 seems to me to have the right idea: "te pago/paga/pagas/pagan?" or "pago/paga/pagas/pagan a usted?" Can anyone confirm this for us?


I think it would be "te pago" because you is an indirect obect. Or maybe "pago a tí"... Not sure. If someone could clarify, that'd be just great.


This is how I understood it to mean. Pehaps duolingo needs a bit more finetuning.


The pagar is translated inconsistently when paired with "Yo" as opposed to the other pronouns. I translate as "I pay" and Duolingo says, "You are correct!", but the translation provided is "I will pay" without the added text noting Duolingo's translation as an alternative solution. The two translations mean very different things to me.


Does anyone else here " 'algo' usted" in this pronunciation?


no, I simply heard 'uste'.


I put "pay for you" and i got it wrong why?


paga usted looks like "pay you" that's what i put and i still don't get it.


This is a matter of understanding Spanish grammar. The sentence fragment "pay you" would be either "te paga (a tu)" or "se paga (a usted)."


When you see a sentence in between question mark like then always think it is a question and construct the sentence....


I typed "I pay you?" and I lost a whole heart! Shouldn't that be correct?


are you paying? Paga=paying and usted=you (in polite form)


How would you use this in an sentence? When you're asking the other person if they are paying for something?


I believe that's correct (the Spanish grammar just works a little differently), but also see my more literal example in response to Ivyzhang03, above.


Can also say: ¿usted paga?


Well... You would be understood, but the most common way to form a simple question in Spanish is to put the verb first.


i put did you pay and it was wrong, i thought question marks can mean do, did, are, or does. do you pay sounds weird


Does it (sound weird)?

"I have a friend who is a music teacher, and he gives me lessons every week." "Do you pay?" "Yes, but he gives me a discount."

There's always a context.


Why isn't it "Usted paga"?


The female speaker actually doesn't pronounce the letter P in the word PAGA, she says: aga usted.


This is one of the rare instances where Duo accepted the present progressive as a translation of the present tense (i.e. Are you paying?) Most books will tell you that "I pay," "I do pay" and "I am paying" are valid translations of "pago," but not here at Duo!

I also wanted to mention that the present tense is also often used to express the immediate future in everyday conversation. A conversation such as "¿Paga? (Will you pay?) Sí, pago (Yes, I will pay) is common. But don't try this here!


"Do you pay?" Feels wrong. It isn't something you would ever say or do.


As a standalone sentence, you may or may not be right. But as part of a slightly longer sentence it most certainly is something one "would ever say" (e.g., "What bills do you pay?").

The problem with this one is that Duo seems to be rejecting reasonable translations in favor of a more direct (so-called literal) translation. This 2 word question can be variously translated as "Are you paying?" or "Will you pay?" or even "You paying?". The latter is not a properly formed English sentence, but it's a colloquial expression that conveys the bare bones character of the Spanish phrase. In any case, the point is to recognize the Spanish construction as typical of Spanish and to understand what it means. Whether you go on to spell it out in English is another matter altogether.

What shouldn't happen here is for anyone to go away with the impression that "¿Paga usted?" would never be said by a Spanish person or that someone should think it means, "Can you pay?", "Did you pay?", "Should you pay?", etc. If none of that describes you, you're good to go and you've learned all there is to learn from this simple little drill.


That should be two correct answer to this question. Did you pay or do you pay.


"Did you pay?" is past tense -¿Pagó usted? - And shouldn't be accepted.


Is ¿Usted paga? correct too ?


Could this also translate as "Does he pay you?"


No. "Does he pay you?" would be "¿(Te/le/les) paga?" where "te/le/les" represent the various forms of indirect object pronouns that you can choose for "you." You could also add "Él" for the subject, "¿Él te paga?" I'm sure you haven't gotten to object pronouns yet in your studies, so hang in there, you'll encounter them soon.


"Do you pay" is not proper English.


Of course it is. It is grammatically correct in every English speaking country. You might not want to say it, but that's a different issue.

Note that another way to translate the Spanish sentence is, "Are you paying?" Duo may reject that as too close to the progressive aspect, but it's appropriate as a translation of the Spanish.

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