"Quiero un gran elefante."

Translation:I want a big elephant.

5 years ago

307 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/tabithadas

Some adjectives change to a shortened version when they precede a masculine singular noun to aid in pronunciation and flow. These are called apócopes.

http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/100026/short-form-adjectives#.UQce6ErEJJ8

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkofSky

Gran is an unusual apócopes in that it is used for both masculine and feminine nouns.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JGarrick62

So, generally speaking, adjectives follow nouns and agree in quantity and gender, except some, like "grande," can change their meaning when they go before the noun.

So "gran" before a noun means great, except before a masculine singular noun it means large, except for sometimes it's also for feminine nouns, and oh, it all really depends on context anyway.

Spanish is sounding more like English all the time, with it's rules that aren't really rules at all.

So just remember this: i before e, except after c, unless you're running a feisty heist on a weird beige foreign neighbor.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkofSky

Have you tried listening to a native speaker while applying rules to translate? It doesn't work. The same goes if we want to speak fluently. I'm starting to think that the best thing to do is to expose ourselves over and over, without really analysing the grammar too much. It seems then that our brains begin to work more on a instinctual level which is necessary for fluency. This is something I have come to appreciate through listening to Spanish audio books, which at first almost seem like a blur. The more I expose myself to them though, it is as if time is slowing down and magically I am able to make more sense of them. I also think it is part of the genius of duolingo, in that it is constantly drilling and exposing us to the language without teaching us over-reliance on rules. I'm not saying that rules don't have any value, just that they won't help to become fluent. To become fluent we need to stop translating and really think in the language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JGarrick62

I agree entirely with all of what you've written. That is, in fact, how we learn our native languages. Nobody sits down with an infant and explains the parts of speech. You teach them how to say "mama" and "dada" and go from there.

Of course, none of this will stop me from complaining about it all now and again.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hurdusaywah

Infants learn via brute force. They have to, but it isn't necessarily efficient. By the time you're a young adult, you understand the parts of grammar. You understand nouns, verbs, conjugation, etc. Why wouldn't you want to take advantage of that? Sure, there will be exceptions to every rule, but the rules are valid for the most part. Why limit yourself to doing things the hard way? If you want to learn via brute force, try Rosetta Stone. It doesn't seem to get very good reviews, for some reason.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nishul

I'm not sure I agree. Learning the rules has helped me a great deal. I just have learnt that they don't apply every single time. Personally I find it easier to learn the general rules, and then learn the exceptions.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grif492321

Thanks Sir

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mikidadial

Ha ha haa!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/THeNeeno

I agree with you. I think learning rules helps, as long as you understand that some rules are hard and fast, others are usually strict but occasionally exceptions are made, and then there are 'rules' which are mere suggestions. I guess the point is that rules can help in some circumstances, but learning a language requires abstract thinking. Memorizing a limited amount of phrases and rules feels easier to some people, but they aren't the least bit fluent. They can't actually hold a real conversation.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tommylinsley

People don't like to follow rules, so of course living languages (which are naturally developed by people) will not always follow the rules. Even a language that was invented logically with very, very few irregularities will eventually be skewed by the mere human nature of its speakers.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkofSky

In that case you must think that learning your mother tongue is different to learning a second language?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/THeNeeno

MarkofSky, that does not follow from what I said at all.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Novellista
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I have to agree. My mom grew up in Mexico, so I grew up hearing Spanish. Now I hardly get to see them, so this is mainly so that my Spanish doesn't get rusty. But it is easier to learn any language when you can hear it. And I think Duolingo does that very well.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grif492321

Very good thanks

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marynelson5

I have to say i just go by ear and site. I do not analise everything it confuses me more.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jackherbach12

Agree with you there surely. Going with the flow works best for fluency it seems to me at least this way. Everytime I try to break it down I simply impede myself.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BARBARAINGALLS

YOU ARE RIGHT. I'M A SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPIST, AND I CAN ASSURE YOU, CHILDREN IN ALL CULTURES LEARN NOUNS FIRST AND THROUGH CONTEXT LEARN THE PRONOUNS AND VERBS, THROUGH REPETITION IN CONCRETE SITUATIONS. AS MUCH AS I LOVE DUOLINGO, WE ARE STILL DOING TOO MUCH TRANSLATION INSTEAD OF SELECTING THE CORRECT SPANISH PHRASE OR SENTENCE TO DESCRIBE A PICTURE OF AN OBJECT OR OF A PERSON ACTING ON AN OBJECT (E.G., EL NINO BEBE LECHE, LA MADRE COCINE PASTA, LA NINA BEBE AGUA). I HOPE AS I PROCEED THROUGH DUOLINGO THERE WILL BE MORE PICTURES TO DESCRIBE RATHER THAN TRANSLATE.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/6Keys

Right. I think I get that now.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grif492321

Alright very good

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JazzB02

Hmm... I learnt when you want to say 'e' it's i before e except after c! That works!!! :-P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AravindGovindan

'i' before 'e', except after 'c' or when sounding like 'a' like in 'neighbour' or 'weigh'.

But still there are exceptions like foreign and seize

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeffrey855877
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I think this "a" sound is true. I thought of "weird" as a possible glitch, but then realize that the "ei" is a dipthong, and is thus closer to two syllables: "we-ird", and the ei/ie rule only applies to spellings where the letters are pronounced in one syllable as a kind of conjoined single letter = the long "a" sound.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeffrey855877
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The "I" before "e" except after "c" rule is about both letters being in the same syllable, pronouncing them as one joined sound. "Sci-ence" separates the "I" and "e" into different syllables, so the rule does not apply. This gets kind of dicey when you consider "neither" and "either", but again, the sounds in these words come from a dipthong "e-I-ther" or "ne-I-ther".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ArrigoC
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...and "science"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PhineusAlcari

The philosophy of the white man since ever

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Austin_Texas

If gran is used with both masculine and feminine singular, and the plural is grandes, then when is grande used?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arturohiero

Grande means big and follows the noun, gran means great and precedes the noun. Un hombre grande = a big man; Un gran hombre = a great man.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeanette525

But this uses "gran" and it means "big"...

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ichilingo

My Mexican friend told me that gran means great unless you can infer from context it's big.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

This is a good translation because it shows us that the idea that "gran" before a noun means, "great," is not absolute. The basic idea behind the root, "grande," obviously, though, does mean "greatness," and mainly in size, which in English is, "big."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tom873317
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So how would you say "great elephant", like Dumbo?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/natunga100

"Grande " means large and " Gran " means big

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Animecool

I want a big elephant too!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndrewMS221

So do I

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Animecool

ELLI THE ELEPHANT

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LittleWing1

@ tabithadas & The Duo Comment Community - re: apócopes and adjective placement

Hola tabithadas and everybody. This is a ready great exercise sentence.

There are a lot of comments that seem to suggest that the rules of Spanish grammar are becoming to burdensome to even attempt to understand because this exercise sentence seems to break some rules.

In particular, many of us are starting to catch on that "grande" is an adjective that means "big" or "large" when it comes after the noun that it modifies.

And we've also come to realize that "gran" seem like a completely different adjective with its own meaning "great" and its own spelling "gran" when it comes in front of the niun it's modifying.

Then the whole thing breaks down in front of elefante. The hyperlink to spanishdict points to a list of short form adjective that can be used with masculine singular nouns.

The list is composed of several kinds of adjectives.

Adjectives that express subjective opinions like; "buen" and "mal"

Adjectives of quantity like; "algún", "ningún", "un", "primer" and "trecer"

These are all adjective that are meant to come before the noun that they modify.

This is a pretty simple grammar rule. In Spanish, opinion and count adjectives come before the noun they modify. See the adjective section of "Spanish Grammar for Dummies".

I have not read anything about the adjective title for "saint". But it sounds reasonably like the syntactic style of Spanish grammar to have a short form of the word "Saint" to put in front of a name.

Now, that addresses ever adjective on the Spanishdict apócopes hyperlink list except one word, "gran".

I have already said that for all intents and purposes, "grande" is its own word meaning "big" or "large".

The word "gran" has its own spelling and a completely different meaning, "great".

Therefore, it's terrible idea to think of "gran" as a short form of "grande". That doesn't make any sense.

Now think of "gran" meaning "great" and its homonym "gran" meaning "big" or "large". Two different words, spelled exactly the same.

Now recalled that "Spanish Grammar for Dummies" has already said that you can use an adjective in front of a noun if it merely states an obvious, innate quality of the noun it's referring to.

Well, what's the first thing that pops into mind when you think of an elephant. Exactly! BIG.

Therefore the context is obvious that the word "gran" in this situation is the homonym that means "big" (just like ichilingo's mexican friend said).

Trying reading that Spanishdict page next to a more meaningful source and you'll see. It's just not that accurate.

Spanish grammar all still works and there's no need to abandon it over this. Everything is still cool, so just R E L A X.

:)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alxzien
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In english, great and grand can be used as synonyms, so maybe gran is simply the same word? Unless you mean great as in emphatically good.

Second thing, that adjective system is similar to french,

Thirdly, but my dad, who grew up speaking spanish, said the adjective always goes after, but his mom does only have a rather short education so maybe they're both wrong

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TNTee
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un gran(!)(great) comentario :D ~ un comentario grande "Well, what's the first thing that pops into mind when you "see this comment"? Exactly! BIG." :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jamesw0906

Very good info. Thanks :-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MattKolako

Please limit comments to a thousand words or less

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/S.Walker1

A helpful article, thank you. Minor note: they call an accent a tilde. The enye (ñ) uses the tilde to signify an alveopalatal nasal phoneme. Written Spanish uses accents for a variety of reasons, including showing irregular stress patterns but primarily for disambiguation. Por ejemplo, the word "donde" is the relative pronoun "where," but "dónde" is the wh-word "where?" So, "...the place where we met..." uses the relative pronoun (sin acento), whereas "Where shall we meet?" uses the wh-question word (con acento). ¿Me entienden?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BARBARAINGALLS

MUY BUENO!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jblier77
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Thank you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AirAndy33

sweeeet thanks! what happens if i give you a lingot? it dosn't actually subtract from mine does it, cuz not to be stingy or anything but im broke!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexandraK34

When a medium elephant just won't do.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yahoo3579

Yes, and a small elephant just doesn't exist.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BARBARAINGALLS

YES THEY DO: WHEN THEY ARE BORN!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Spot4ever

you guessed it, but arent they all big as well?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/drgrimy

Sure! What else sweetie?!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/likethree

i want the souls of the innocent

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Animecool

Lol

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/southsida

Isn't the adjective supposed to come AFTER the noun, i.e. "Quiero un elefante grande."???

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michisjourdi
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That's what I thought at first, too, but apparently in Spanish it can be either way and usually depends on which is more important.

This is how Caiser explained it to me.

"If you are in a store and you see a new recently received sofa, the seller will say you "Es el nuevo sofa". If you are at house and You have bought a sofa, You will say "Es un sofa nuevo". In the first sentence you are saying that it is a recent received, created, made... one in the secont that it is new (not old)"

I don't know about gran vs. grande, though. Maybe a Spanish speaker can explain that one.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alejandrocarmo

There are adjectives who change the meaning if they're before or after the nouns, but this is not general rule.In general, in Spanish, the adjectives are after the nouns, often we can put the adjectives before the nouns, and the adjective does not change the meaning.... ............... ............... Sorry, my english is bad...................................bye.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JonnyKlase

If you want me to help correct you on some of your grammar its okay. By the way you are doing great just a few things I would change and some minor rules that make some parts of this seem strange.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alejandrocarmo

I am not a expert in grammar. Soy español. I want you to explain the rule, in general the adjectives are after the nouns, here, they never change the adjective meants. "A white house.... Una casa blanca". We can put the adjective before the noun....Una blanca casa...This is correct in grammar, but less used. A big elephant......Un gran elefante..=.. Un elefante grande. Both, they mean same. (ambos significan lo mismo).

There are some adjectives who change its meant if they're before the nouns, but they are exceptions. Hay algunos adjetivos que cambian su significado si están antes del nombre, pero son excepciones.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ediec

alejandrocarmo your English grammar is quite good. I understood what you are saying. Thank you for your explanation.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alien-Layer-Hen

You know, you say your English is bad... I understood what you were trying to communicate AND your grammar is better than some people's who, I assume, are native speakers.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JonnyKlase

I meant the English grammar.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alejandrocarmo

I agree, I will write in English and you will can correct my English grammar. I wil try to learn all your knowledge.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alejandrocarmo

My English grammar is bad. Yes, you can help me, but I do not understand all that you write. Tú puedes escribir tus explicaciones in Spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JonnyKlase

Here is a website that you can use to translate my English to Spanish better because it happens that while I am pretty good at the grammar in Spanish I am not so good at the words, so what I'll do is I'll write to you in English and Spanish when I can and you write in whatever language you want: www.spanishdict.com

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alejandrocarmo

Sorry, I do not understand your question.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JonnyKlase

Sorry I might have worded that wrong. What I meant to ask is if you want me to help you fix your grammar mistakes in your original comment.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alejandrocarmo

Ok. Thank you.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JonnyKlase

I can't tell if that's a yes or a no

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AveryHD

Es el nuevo sofa or esta el nuevo sofa?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alejandrocarmo

you are correct.

Si está situado delante del nombre: Se usa "gran"-(singular), "grandes"-(plural)

Cuando lo situamos detrás del nombre: Se usa "grande" -(singular), "grandes"-(plural)

Nota: En este caso es igual para masculino y femenino.

Nosotros elegimos poner en primer lugar la palabra ("big" or "elephant") que es más importante (ourselves).

"Gran elefante". De esta manera damos a entender que "para nosotros" (ourselves), es más relevante (más énfasis) el tamaño que el propio elefante.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mitaine56

Exemples : un buen libro but una buena idea. un mal momento but una mala idea. una gran casa, un gran jardín. grande is masc uline and feminine. Otras exemples : there are adjectives who change the meaning if they're before or after the nouns. EX : un pobre hombre= a poor man (pity) and un hombre pobre= a man who has no money. su nueva casa= his new house,( he just bought it) and una casa nueva= means that the house is real new. That's from my grammar.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eualb
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Another example

"Un gran hombre" is different than "un hombre grande".

  • Gran means importante (important), notable (notable), noble (courteous,kind).
  • Grande is the size of something
4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/S.Walker1

In all these examples, when the adjective follows the noun, the meaning is more literal than when it precedes. 'Arnold Schwarzenegger es un hombre grande.' vs. 'César Chávez era un gran persona.'

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alejandrocarmo

You are correct.There are adjectives who change the meaning if they're before or after the nouns, but this is not general rule. they are exceptions.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pepe0001

When gran is used it is always before the noun and is giving special emphasis to geing big. We wouldn't say 'great elephant' in english. I'm willing to bet that most people would't say 'gran elefante' in Spanish, but would say enorme o gigante.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mitaine56

pepe- 4 people put you a down vote, I would appreciate if those persons could explain here. The rule is : gran is always before a singular noun.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThomasIsOK

Me: I'd like an elephant, please. I'd prefer a big one, but I might be interested in a little one, as long as it's grand. Elephant salesman: I'll see what i can do.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MJSpice
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That's a big request.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KatarinaBo4

I mean...I can settle for a small elephant too.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Owls321
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Don't we all

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gasiormichal

What is the difference between gran and grande?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankyFrank

From what I can tell, they are the same. It just depends on whether you place the adjective before the noun (gran) or after (grande).

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkofSky

Follow tabithadas' link for confirmation of this

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elRafa
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Gran can also mean great.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SusannaEDavis420

I'm glad duolingo is teaching us sentences that we'll use a lot in our daily lives.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J.C.Fink
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Actually, I don't expect to ever use ANY Spanish sentence in my daily life. I'm just doing this for fun and mental stimulation.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarchVsSpanish

Well then I guess it's you lucky day, we just ran out of small ones...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DarkLightStar

so spoiled

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Narnito

after the father one i was expecting this to be translated as "i want a great elephant"

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThomasIsOK

None of those little sorry elephants for me, thanks. :p

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexis585810

Yes... i want a BIG elephant so... I CAN TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!!! evil cackle Yes i am crazy.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DieFlabbergast
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"No, I'm sorry, Sir, but we only have small elephants."

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CupcakeCuttie

Spoiled kid. Lol. (Shaking head right now)

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeevikaa_nan
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in spanish for things we have masculine and feminine words for instance nino for boy and nina for girl.(-o ending for masculine and -a ending for feminine) than y not for animals. elefanto and elefanta . its somewhat tricky for me, please somebody explain.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dark_Fiend

If it ends in 'e', such as elefante, it's usually masculine. Also perro (dog) is masculine, and pato (duck) and gato (cat) have a masculine and feminine version. As does pescado and a couple others.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zkraut

Kids these days have upgraded to wanting elephants. Ponies have become old school

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TyleeArnold

I thought adjectives go after nouns? Can someone please shed some light on me? I've been speaking Spanish since I was 10. I am 14 now. This is the first time i've ever come across an adjective before a noun... does anyone want to clear up my confusion? That would be much appreciated! Thank you guys!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kasharu

Can someone please tell me why this adjective goes before the noun and not after.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ssmithj3

Where would i keep a big elephant? Under my bed??

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dee38

Would it also be correct to put the adjective after the noun and say " Quiero un elefante grande"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/K1MJONGUNations

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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dustin267489

We all want a giant elephant, mijo.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tink629986
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Why not:"I love a big elephant"?

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RajPrasad1

A small elephant is never enough

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LexiBlakeley

neither is a mediocre one

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Peter8169

Doesn't everyone?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dleehii

This is the first time I've ever gotten one wrong for misspelling an ENGLISH word. I'm kind of tired and had a brain fart so when I wrote "elefant" I knew it was wrong but couldn't figure out why. Lol I clicked submit figuring Duolingo would accept it as a typo but they didn't.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ahoov

is there a plural of gran? All of the examples seem to be singular, whereas grande is often used as plural with grandes.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aditina
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Quiero dos grandes elefantes.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NeutrinoX7

Don't we all?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MattMcCart10

¡Tengo un elepante, pero no tengo un gran elephante!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jgarner0

what about sentences with multiple adjectives describing a single noun? "I want a big gray elephant." would it be "quiero un elefante grande gris"?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jamesw0906

Grande can be used before or after a noun. Before a noun it means great and after large. At least that is what I was taught at GMU. My peruvian wife agrees with me as well.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Noctivagus
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Is this the only acceptable form of this sentence? Would, "Quiero un elefante grande," also be correct but just not as common as, "Quiero un gran elefante"?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chocgurl13

why is "grande" and "gran" both mean "big"??

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jackherbach12

Because they are the same word. Gran will come before the noun because it means "big" as in "great" or noteworthy, grande usually means simply "big" referring to size. Gran is grande minus the de because it's easier to say/flows better

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mick58sic

Would "quiero un elefante grande" be correct? Does "gran" also mean "good"?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/barbara0.0

But... why i want a big elephant?!?!????

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/miimjon

"Gran" is used in front of the corresponding noun and "Grande" is used after the noun.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/njglaw

My tutor said gran refers to importance and is in front of the noun and grande refers to size and comes after the noun.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stevofrost99

Any one reminded of the hippo song we hear a Christmas time?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/keyboardo

Absolutely! First thing that popped in my head after "Tough luck finding an elephant" ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/henryrjdavis

good point. Is it even legal to own an elephant?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/keyboardo

Ordinances concerning the ownership of exotic animals vary greatly throughout the U.S.–the short answer is yes, but you would have to occupy a state in which the local government permitted it, and even then might not get past without a license. Since elephants are not native to the U.S., you would have to purchase one from a licensed breeder, and it would most likely be very expensive. Regardless, owning an elephant is feasible in certain parts of the United States. I don't know about the laws of any other country.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nesanelf

Could I say quiero un elefante grande?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PikaPika1717

What other kind of elephant is there?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J.C.Fink
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An infant?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyS.Baker

How about http//www.duolingo.com

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blueicestorm

Spoiled child.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Melinda346234

What a ridiculous sentence. This is something I will never say!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RubenKobbeltvedt

But you already have a wife!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XamienDent

So question. If I were to say "I want a elephant" then in spanish it would be "Quiero elefante" because since I am not describing the elephant or making it specific than, I wouldn't need to use "un"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/simonettaiannola

I think some sentences are really useless

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmCrow

Don't we all...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JasonBernhard

we all have dreams :|

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MalikatetheGreat

Follow your dreams!!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RAFFIG85

grande means big

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RAFFIG85

some adjectives change to a shortened version when they precede a masculine singular noun to aid in pronounciation and flow. these are called apocopes

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sienna.nicholas

-_- do explain the sudden talk of wanting elephants

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/petermitchell77

Yeah, well you're getting socks, I'm not made of big elephants you know...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lydilu06

indubilably!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JackAn04

hi

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mykahanna

I come here expecting funny stuff about elephants and insted there are a jillion long threads about shortened adjectives. :P

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stevofrost99

No, i want a hippolatomus (tarzan reference) for Christmas!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gooeyemerald415

Why did they leave the d out? Stop holding back the word from being what it should be!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sophiah180

I said "I want a giant elephant" and it was considered wrong, why is this?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ColinHorvath

I do really want a big elephant!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SereneMoonlight

We can dream, can't we?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaMa665744

Why can't I write 'Quiero un elefante grande'? What is the difference between gran and grande? I think there was a sentence that had grande after the object. Does grande go in the back, and gran go in the front of the object?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rosebudk

Three words... In. Your. Dreams.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MalikatetheGreat

Anything is possible if you........... BELIEVE!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Air291348

Y no puedo mentir

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kalae10

I want a baby elephant, too!! Who doesn't?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MalikatetheGreat

It sounds like you are ordering it from a restaurant. Poor elephant

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SenoritaBryleigh

isnt grande big not gran?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mohammad.a14

*spoiled child.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jordan104471

i want a large elephant

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mad4ever111

grande

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mad4ever111

hey

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amelia_amelia
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As opposed to a small elephant?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aranalita

Confusing.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ParkerIg

why tho? most people want dogs. why do you want an elephant?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jengapowder

I want a big elephant too!!!!!!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nessa750671

my audio is not working how do i cancel it from taking away all my scores

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Buena-Onda

Bart Simpson and Stampy.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CJ.Dennis
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Hmph. They're playing the elephant song again.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristineW811561

I hit the I can't speak right now button by mistake. There should be a button to undo instead of waiting a whole hour.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ViviH726

What a spoiled kid

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnyeCheng1

elephants are already big

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zachariah440553

Is there such a thing as a small elephant?????:)

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Blas_de_Lezo00
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Waiter: "Sorry, we do not have enough bread"

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FluentFairy

me too tho

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElisabethL247396

i think it's a bit odd it doesn't accept "huge" instead of "big". I mean, come on. it's the same.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LightJones

Who doesn't

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RYANGUO4

Every kids' dream

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GiannaRipp

My brother wants a big elaphant

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReeceRJD

"Zip!"

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BenFry7

In your dreams kid▪~~ __

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ibraheem836251

what I clicked it is big

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ibraheem836251

you smell tabithadas

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ibraheem836251

dxweagfvzergz

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Blas_de_Lezo00
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With tomato sauce, please!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yancho.v.d

why huge was not accepted?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Che-Figata

Because it's asking for "big" (grande, or in this case: gran) not "huge" (enorme, gigante). There is a difference between the two as well. Something that is "huge" is much, much larger than something that is "big".

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JOHNGuevar16

Derp

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CeceThomps

I love elephants, but i would much rather have a baby one

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/buttercup13132

Why do you want a big elephant?!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sculptor2
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Big elephant = Big barbecue?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/javahn4

Ok ok, jeez man, jeez, just tske it

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sergey882667

I wrote the correct translation but the app. told me that I was wrong. I made double check several times :(

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YoungIndia1

Growl 's

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Floradapple

Yes I do.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Twinkle_M
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I don't know why but....This sentence sounds strange to me

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Twinkle_M
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Here comes a bad Duolingo pun , Duo want a big elephant?

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElliotHolkins

...

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Breyan17

Who would want an elephant i meam dont get me wrong i like elephants but still out of all animals an elephant

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BraveSentry

Doesn´t this also mean "I love a big elephant."?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eeliisee

Querer applied to people usually means love, but in this case you'd have to use context clues and assume it means want, which is a little more likely than loving a big elephant.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TiagoMoita_PT
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No. That would be "Me gusta un gran elefante" Which sounds kind of devious to me. Lol.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nukum

Isn't "gran" before the noun translated as "great"?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Likinhz
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It can also be translated as big.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mitaine56

and gran is always before a singular noun.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Julia...

And also Grande changes to gran when it precedes both masculine and feminine singular nouns.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rawls414

You and Bart Simpson

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LexiBlakeley

How do I say "I want a great big elephant!"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Likinhz
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"Yo quiero un elefante enorme."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jackherbach12

quiero un elefante grandissmo!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hope_29

Could grande be used in this sentence? Instead of gran..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aditina
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Yep, but it would have to be : 'Quiero un elefante grande' not 'quiero un grande elefante'

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/khonkhortisan
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…for my travels.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/joehhendrickson

If gran hombre is great man can gran elefante be a grand elephant?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/midnight27

And I'm also either very stupid, or working in the circus and have other people to clean up after it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NurulBahiyah

Hey! I just noticed something... Ariana Grande

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mylesbrown199

i want a grand elephant isn't an answer... doesn't grand mean great?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LexiBlakeley

are you learning spanish or teaching it?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mylesbrown199

learning.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/leongyijuan1988

Necesito un gran elefante

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MattMcCart10

I thought adjectives typically go after nouns in Spanish. Is this a rare exception?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachyb638

I thought 'grande' was 'big' what's the difference between 'gran' and 'grande'?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RashidiHod

How do we know its conditional

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JayDub1984

Why is this sentence "gran" and not "grande" elephante?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/twinfran

Sure you can have a big elephant so long as I'm not cleaning up after it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Greta.tt
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Finally i can in spanish what i've always wanted

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/splattered.meat

Wrote "i want a big elefante", marked wrong. No forgivness duolingo. For shame. So sorry i didnt use 100% english. /eyeroll

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chellger

Said Hannibal, when he travelled through spain.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Trey891540

I am sorry son, we could only find small elephant

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BuckytheRaptor

I want a big elephant too Owl lady

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Daniel901270

Im confused here cuz I thought the nouns come before the adjectives in Spanish?But for this sentence it has the adjective first then the noun.Can someone please explain to me why this sentence has the adjective first then the noun cuz lve always seen it as the noun first then the adjective in Spanish?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stephenyou6

Simpsons did it

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/1610isaac

Dream big... dream big...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kingkung

Who doesn't?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GiannaRipp

I don't!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StaceySout1

Said the boy who lost his elephant.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidEssli

Sorry son, you will just have to deal with a medium size elephant.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yasmin906178

I want a big elephant to help me shopping lol

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kayleighdo5

I said i giant elephant wouldnt that be considered as right

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diego977631

NNNNNNOOOOOOO!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ArtlessAuthor

A... large elephant? Do elephants come in any other size? I mean sure they're only somewhat large as babies but they do grow up...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zerychon1

This is a useful sentence...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ryan_Flint

Spoiled much?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RubySword

i would prefer a small elephant

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pinkpoodlepi

I want a big elephant too!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FaithBrown531

It may be hard to find a small elephant

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PhoebusSee

Aren't they all?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Everett1010

What is the difference between grande and gran?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TyleeArnold

Why is the adjective before the noun? I thought that the adjectives always go after the nouns in Spanish?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nishi534338

That's quite a normal demand! Okay then, let's go shopping! 0_0

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElCoronelEsponja

KBBL is going to give me something stupid!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jean397124

My answer was corect and marked wrong!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Micah601531

sry duo i already bought it duo=:{

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fifn22

oh,so you want an elephant , DO YOU?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sun-Wukong
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With this many comments, I'm sure someone else has already made the Simpsons reference I'm thinking of...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MrFatih26

why it is gran elefande but also los perros grandes ? ı mean adjective must be before or after noun

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ibraheem836251

1qqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqq

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElliottHundchen

I want to be able to come back to this but I dont know how to find it unless I leave a comment... (following is my attempt at spanish) yo quiero [to find] ésta articulo en la mañana pero no se como poderlo...that's as far as I can get right now. .. ,xP ...open to critiques!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dr.alabdul

Bcuz getting a small elephant is too mainstream

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikoHayash

I thought adjectives go after the noun they are describing. But here it is before, like English. Which is better?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/njglaw

Thanks to all who left comments. This is the first time I have done this and it is quite helpful!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TF_Hinton

I want a granny elephant

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NaoGames2

well im gonna use this a lot

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/martinlus
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Don't we all!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BPenner5
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I also want a large bag of peanuts to share with my new elefante.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yahoo3579

I sort of translate and maybe pay attention to rules-if it helps. It's the perfect balance.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hildajoe

if it is I'd like ( it means I would like and that would be the conditional).which is is a different tense

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RachelHaif
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Quiero un pequeño elefante.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ozyspang9

My answer is not totally wrong.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sweatersss

Oh ya! Well I want a small elephant

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/estenard

If they're small can I have two?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/simplica
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Can't quiero be I like?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DorisWydra

me too

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZacharyX

Why not a small one?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GiannaRipp

Yeah why not a small one?

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wyatter1

I want one too, duo.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jose_Romildo

But I did so!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cyberubik77

...For my birthday

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GiannaRipp

Seriously!?

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diego977631

Like this comment when i get 500 ill gift all of them that liked tell ur friends too!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jim755861

Tfw no gran elefante

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/1spacebomb1

I want a big elephant..................... to squash me ...............................................................wrong

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ninjabeck

hi

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SheilaWeaver73

Sure, doulingo

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ColinHorvath

hi

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ShaneaHiggin

Well said

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kyler861982

it;s horrible

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/devon.aston

Good for you mean while i want an Iphone 5c pink

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jcsytsma

Me too!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fred.A.Jones

look in my pants...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PhoebusSee

I mean a elephant is an elephant right?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BiB654110
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Dat dere. Mel Torme ?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE
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This is very confusing. I asked to some native, and they said it should be "elefante grande", maybe "gran" can be used sometimes for something else than "great", but it's very confusing.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ame09

What about grande?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/geordiedazzler

Dont we all

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pewee_the_Poncho

Don't we all?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MennaLotfy

gran elefante or elefante gran !!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/busybeetoo

Why is "I like a big elephant" wrong?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iamtreblaaa

same

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BradyGoodwin

I agree with tabithadas

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hooloovoo42

¿Eres Veruca?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Almila12

isn't "grande" is big??? what is gran? help!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skids03
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You got it mixed up. Gran = big, grande = large.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Almila12

oh thank u so much..!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skids03
skids03
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Glad to help out!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/robofam
robofam
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gran means great but could also translate grand. I think duo has to brush up on English translations.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/teckidecki

usually an adjective placed before a noun can indicate something about how the speaker-writer feels towards the person-object described.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gmiller0129

WHO WANTS A BIG ELEPHANT???????????????????

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SPACESHIIIIIPS

ME!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MacenW_3

Im angry

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MacenW_3

Im angry

4 years ago
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