https://www.duolingo.com/alphaa

"¿Por qué no habla con su madre?"

5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/alphaa

The question doesn't indicate whether it's male or female, so singular they or he should be correct.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rocko2012
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It would need to be "hablan" for "they" to be an option. Él/ella/usted are the options. So there are at least two other possible translations "Why does he not speak with his mother?" and "Why do you not speak with your mother?" Looking up "singular they" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they it would seem to be possible to use "they" here. That is if "singular their" also exists. From what I read they are both common in speech but should be avoided in formal writing.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HLynnK11

the sentence doesn't indicate male or female. the translation "why do you not speak with your mother" is also correct because it could be using "usted" the formal "you"

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/spanishtim

I typed "why don't you talk with your mother?" and it was marked correct.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GodlessDivinity

I wrote "Why not speak with your mother?" and it was marked wrong.... did I miss something?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jfGor
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it's not incorrect grammar, it just isn't the correct translation. Your translation conveys a different meaning.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amyziegler

I answered "why does she/he not speak with his/her mother?" I got it wrong.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michisjourdi
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Don't use the slashes. Just pick one.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nomnomnomrawr

how is "why is she not speaking with her mother?" wrong? please explain.. because thats definitely present tense..

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rocko2012
rocko2012
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"speaking' is continuous present though and Spanish has continuous verbs too(hablando).

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Poska

Again, can't see what is wrong with saying "why arent you speaking with your mother?". In colloguial english it means the same as the "acceptable" translations.

5 years ago
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