Maybe you eat fish with a fork and knife?
Maybe you eat fish with chopsticks?
Maybe you eat fish on wooden sticks?
" How do you eat fish?"
" Me? I ususally use dining utensils: like a fork and knife."
" Oh, I prefer to use my fingers and just dig into it!!"
" Gross, Well, I use dining utensils, also; however, I prefer to use chopsticks."
Maybe if a child is used to only eating store bought, boneless fish fillets and they are about to eat a fresh-caught trout with the bones in, they might need to ask how to eat the fresh-caught trout?
Or maybe someone who lives in a landlocked area and is used to eating store bought, boneless fish fillets travels to England where a lot of restaurants leave the bones in and asks someone "How do you eat fish when the bones are still in? Is it okay to spit the bones out in a napkin, or would that be considered rude?"
Correct. In English, we need "do (you)" and "did (you)" to help phrase a question. In Spanish, changing the word order accomplishes this.
In indicative phrases, the order is subject+verb. Ex: tú corres en el parque; you run in the park
In interrogative phrases, the order is verb+subject. Ex: ¿Corres (tú) en el parque?; Do you run in the park?
It actually helps in reading, I wish we did this in English, as well.
Many times, when I have read a passage and wasn't expecting an inflection or there to be some notice of a question, I had to re-read the statement over to add the correct inflection.
Spanish can be such a genius language.
I really do love learning it.
~ Learning how others think, even.
Hola tango-alpha and carpha: Here are the rules of stress: (1) For words ending in a e i o u r or s: The stress goes on the NEXT TO THE LAST syllable (no accent mark needed). (2) For words ending in any other consonant, the stress goes on the LAST syllable (no accent mark needed). (3) For stress other than covered in Rule 1 or 2, you need an accent mark to show where the stress goes. Also: all QUESTION words need an accent mark; that is why "cómo" has an accent mark in the above Duo sentence, but "comes" does not need an accent mark because it falls under Rule 1 (ends in an "s").
There was an error in her rules. Close, though.
Words that end in vowels, vowels+s, or n have natural stress on the penultimate syllable. Ex: tango, mangos, comen
Words that end in all other consonants have natural stress on the last syllable. Ex: most verb infinitives like comer, beber, vivir, hablar
If a word breaks this rule, or needs to be differentiated in some way, an accent is used to alert the speaker of this change. Ex: words that end in "-ión"; nación, población, etc Question words also need accents in interrogative phrases.
Remember your endings (-er and -ir verbs):
I -- yo -- -o
you (sing) -- tu -- -es
he/she/it --el/ella -- -e
we --nosotr@s -- -emos
they/you (pl) -- ellos/ellas/ustedes -- -en
(This is US Spanish that doesn't get into the vosotros form of Spain nor the vos form of Central America.)
[JonnyKlase asked again: "Why wouldn't someone know how to eat fish?"] No offense, nothing personal, but (1) That has already been answered, above and (2) Why do you care? It is only to practice Spanish. (3) It is a dumb question. (4) I will answer it so you don't keep repeating the same question: (a) Maybe a person is autistic and is just learning to eat, (b) Maybe a person is going to a fancy dinner and has never eaten fish in the proper manner (c) Maybe one person is comparing how to eat fish with another person; for example "John eats fish with his fingers -- how do YOU eat fish?" (d) A person was born in the desert and has just seen his first fish (e) Use your imagination for other examples. CHAU Amigo Jonny. [P.S. I recommend that you concentrate on the Duolingo lessons and do not waste time asking these questions that do not matter. If you have a true question about Spanish grammar or vocabulary, I am sure I or others on this discussion page would be happy to answer.]