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"We are women."

Translation:Nosotras somos mujeres.

December 28, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doritosguy12

Why is it "nosotros somos mujeres" and not "nosotros son mujeres"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rocko2012

First you made a typo you meant "nosotras" second the conjugation of the verb "ser" + "nosotros/nosotras " = "somos" and "ser" + "ellos/ellas/ustedes" = "son" http://www.123teachme.com/spanish_verb_conjugation/ser


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angelbearc

I'm still confused when is it tros and tras and why is everyone talking about son i understood the translation was nosotras somos mujeres


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

The general rule across all Spanish words (with only a few exceptions) is that words ending in "o" are masculine and words ending in "a" are feminine.

nosotros = we (all male, or a mixed group)

nosotras = we (all female)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChandlerKM

Gracias mi amigo!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

*amiga ;-)

Soy mujer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChandlerKM

Lo siento. No sabía que eras una mujer .


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NatashaDLi

Gracias! Muy helpful! :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ErasableMxke

What if one is referring to multiple parties, consisting of both males and females—would they use "amigas" or "amigos"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

Amigos.

You'll only use "amigas" to refer to a group of all female friends.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brian485616

I understand now. Thanks


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MohammadAk907904

Nosotros =us Nosotras = we


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

Not enough information, MohammadAk907904!

In masculine gender, "nosotros" is the Spanish subject pronoun "we," and is the direct object pronoun "us" when "nosotros" is the object of a preposition. In feminine gender, nosotras is the Spanish subject pronoun "we" and is the direct object pronoun "us" when "nosotras" is the object of a preposition.

Indirect object prenouns are another matter. When the English pronoun "us" is translated as a Spanish indirect object, it is translated as "nos." For example, consider the sentence "He gives us a letter" (Él nos da una carta), an English sentence with the direct object "letter" (carta) and the indirect object "us" (nos).

In feminine gender, nosotras is the subject pronoun "we" and is the direct object pronoun "us" when "nosotras" is the direct object pronoun. When a sentence or paragraph indicates elsewhere that the person is question is male or female, we then know the gender of the indirect object pronoun "nos."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yeshersavannah

Tros is boys and tras girls


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KeerthiKum20

Tros and tras depend on gender. If it is male, it's tros, and if it's female, it's tras.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nyagret

I agree, why is everyone talking about "son" when that's not part of this example?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dawnleopard

Nosotras is when there is a boy in the mix. Nosotras is girls only


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hunter.606

what is the difference in; Nosotras somos and just; somos?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

Just saying "somos" is fine, but if you need or want extra clarity or emphasis you can add "nosotras" as well.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shelton_live

What is the verb "ser"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

Ser = to be. Estoy =" I am." Eres = "you are" (singular familiar). Es = "he is," "she is," "you are" (singular formal), or "it is." Somos = "we are." Sois = "you are" (plural familiar). Son = "they are" and "you are" (plural formal).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/keshlly

Ya and I thought if the infinitive form ending in "er" it must be emos to add in ser in the nosotros/as form? And en in ustedes, ellos, ellas? That must be semos/sen but it isn't


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rocko2012

Ser is an evil irregular verb. Regular ER verbs work the way you think they do.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ais52103

Thx i was wondering why i did not get it right


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stephanTho4

I forget the gender


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DannyBeatzMusic

I said Nosotras somos mujeres and they wrote it "Nosotros somos mujeres". wtf. lol


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

What you are supposed to do in this case is vote to correct the database by clicking the "My answer should be accepted" button. When enough people do this, incorrect examples are eliminated from the DL database.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PaulHake1

Newestros needs mos


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tauborB

nosostros/nosotras (we)= somos Ustedes/ ellos/ ellas= son


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gabbygirl123

I don't understand this sentence.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PetalStag

Nosotros- 'we' (male) Nosotras- 'we' (fem.) "We are"= Nosotros/as somos

Ustedes- 'you' (plural) " You are"= 'Ustedes son'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/soto9295

Ok .. Man it's tough to remember


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bevernett

Thank you for that example:-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ron7ngwa

Thanks. That helped.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Winfred0000

What is the difference with: Nosotras estamos mujeres I'm thinking I need to really know ser and estar... a problem for me. So I got the sentence wrong using estar. What did I say using estar?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

Both "ser" and "estar" mean "to be." Use the different conjugations of "ser" for permanent things, like a person's profession and/ or physical traits, and use "estar" for impermanent things and for things subject to change, like someone's mood or health. "Estar" is also used as the helping verb for participios presentes (present participles).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Snickkk

We(nosotras) are(somos) women (mujeres)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dmitry294360

Thank you ,very clear and simple


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

Wrong, tauborB! If you don't use the proper punctuation, you make word salad. That's why gabbygirl123 doesn't understand what you were attempting to say. Proper punctuation:

Nosotros/nosotras somos = "we are." Ustedes/ellos/ellas = "you/they are."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mikana280

Son is for Ustedes, somos is for Nosotros.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Frksolems

Nosotros son mujeres are wrong, it would say "we they are women". Remember that the "us/we"-conjugation of ser (to be) are somos.

Yo soy Tu eres Ella/él es Nosotros somos Ellos son


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PeytonKien1

because in the verb six pack somos means we son means they. so it would be nosotras(we) somos(we are) mujeres(women). nosotras son mujeres would mean they are women


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TomOslo

Nosotros = males or males and females


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MickeyD3557

It is somos because that's how it is translated son is for ellos y ellas


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Belinda747751

Thats what i thought?!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristianW782633

I put nosortros!!!!!!!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElizaH.2

I wondered the same thing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swirlygirl2

That is what i said, nosotros son mujeres


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    Because thats the way the Spanish is it is like saying why is "that" spelled that way because thats the way English is ....does that answer your question


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rafaelpadi8

    Speak spanish with me , my skype is : rafaelpadilla1621 , im from PERU


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JacobBoggs3

    It is like that because it is feminine


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fafarii

    I want to know it too


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rafaelpadi8

    Speak spanish with me , my skype is : rafaelpadilla1621 , im from PERU


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rafaelpadi8

    Speak spanish with me ,my skype is : rafaelpadilla1621 , im from PERU


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dkat
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    I am being told by a spanish speaker (spain) that there is no nosotras - that it is always nosotros


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gabewithafender

    That may be true for your friend's dialect. They may have gotten rid of the distinction, but in standard Spanish, you still use "nosotras" when it's a group of females speaking.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/seby1607

    So , that's because of his friend's dicalect?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dc_dma_52

    Yeah I heard that Spanish has slight variations depending on where you are. Just as English in America is slightly different from English in Britain but it's essentially the same language.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tgrand98

    Yeah, my spanosh techer is from puerto rico and she pronounces ll and y like the j sound


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/borismrodriguez

    alyaik, in many countries a hard y sound (like in English "yes") is used. Both the j and y pronunciations are acceptable, and it just depends on the dialect.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alyaik

    thats how it is suppose to be tony_grand98


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/genesis.inclan99

    same as mine and she pronounces v like the b sound too


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZekeM1

    I've had two Spanish teachers. One has pronounced ll like j, and the other has pronounced ll like y. It's quite confusing.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FoxyRoxy45

    My Spanish teacher hasn't told us much about this distinction.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rafaelpadi8

    Speak spanish with me , my skype is : rafaelpadilla1621 , im from PERU


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mikana280

    Yes, in each Spanish-speaking country the language varies a little, such as some countries using Vosotros -ais -eis (I think)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chzlvr

    yah there is more than one type (dialect) of spanish


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Santi_Minstrel

    I don't know what part of Spain your friend is from, but nosotras is the standard use for a group of females. However, for mixed groups will not work.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MelissaMMartin

    I keep finding myself wondering what the big deal with gender is anyway. It seems a bit odd (and very difficult) to have to decide the gender of an inanimate object when Spanish isn't your native tongue. :0(


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsraelRamr4

    Most Indioeuropean languages have gender. It is surprising that modern English does not, actually, as opposed to old English.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    It's not surprising if you know the history of English.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_in_English


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7minutesdead

    Well, it might work for some in the group. :P


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jackiJack1

    There is a difference between spoken language and Basic Rules


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laetyfeel

    When it's a woman who speak about her and other woman, it's nosotras.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrackBoyHi

    My teacher told me that different parts of the world have different jargon. This app is direct translation of the proper language.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DuyN7124

    Yes that is true I takes A level spanish and we NEVER use nosotras...... It's weird I'll stick to nosotros Lol


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/isachapron

    I have been told that as well.i think there are many different ways to say something and still have the same meaning.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J_Rizzo

    In spain they dont use the Nosotros conjugation. They use a different form which is vosotros


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

    Wrong, Rizzo! "Nosotros/nosotras" translates as "we," and "vosotros/vosotras" translates as the formal "you." All Spanish-speaking parts of the world use the same pronoun, "nosotros/nosotras" as both the subject pronoun and the direct object pronoun.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oli4dr

    Why is "Nosostras somos niñas" incorrect?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gabewithafender

    Because niñas means "girls" or "young girls", not "women".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/supanova

    so? under a proper age there is no gender? (ok, it must be the cultural difference why I don't understand)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Santi_Minstrel

    You are missing the point. The problem is that you are requested to translate mujeres. This word implies a certain age. In contrast, niñas also implies a certain age. The former is used for ladies, adult or elder women, etc. whereas the latter is for female kids, children or teenage girls. That's why the ages don't match.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oli4dr

    But it was a multible question answer. They asked me to tick the correct boxes. "Nosostras somos niñas" and "Nosostras somos mujeres" seemd to be correct IMO.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Santi_Minstrel

    They are syntactically correct. But the first one is not what the english sentence states by the aforementioned reason.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raghavan_92

    No. Not really. Very specifically, if a group of grandmothers are referring to themselves it remains quite unlikely that they would say "we are girls", i.e, "somos ninas" (sorry fr small typo, it's too much effort to get the correct symbol for "nina").


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DixieL

    My question, too.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mrviola195

    "mujeres" means women, not nines


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chzlvr

    ninas means girls, mujeres means women


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RachelGough

    I tried Nosotras estamos mujeres and it was incorrect. I have noticed that when I'm trying to use variants of estar they are counted wrong as well, so I guess what I want to know is, why is my translation wrong, and when is it acceptable to use ser and estar?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    Basically, "ser" and its conjugations are use for essential qualities of being, and "estar" and its conjugations for expressing position or more temporary states.

    For example,

    Yo soy feliz. = I am happy; that is my intrinsic character. Bad things may come, and you may find me sad for a little bit, but generally speaking, you will find me happy, because that's just who I am. I am a happy person.

    Yo estoy feliz. = I am happy. Some good thing just happened, and I am currently happy. It will pass. I have all sorts of emotions normally. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad, sometimes in between, but right now my emotions are located in the happy zone. Right now I am happy.

    Do you see the difference? So, for a few more examples, you say,

    Él es alto. = He is tall. (essential quality)

    Él está enfermo. = He is sick. (current, and hopefully temporary state)

    La casa es de madera. = The house is (made of) wood. (essential quality)

    La casa está en la esquina. = The house is on the corner. (not a temporary state, assuming no tornados, etc, but not an intrinsic quality of the house either, just a location)

    La escuela es grande. = The school is big. (essential quality)

    Nosotros estamos cerca de la escuela. = We are near the school. (location)

    La sopa en este restaurante es buena. = The soup in this restaurant is good. (Always)

    Mmm, la sopa está muy buena. = Mmm, the soup is very good. (right now, this batch, perhaps better than normal.)

    Does that help?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sekuba

    Could "somos mujeres "be correct too? As it's correct in the case of "Somos hombres "


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sosakanera

    Yup, most times you don't need pronouns because the verb conjugations speak for themselves as to what group you're talking about


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MajesticDD

    Nosotros='we' (male) Nosotras='we' (fem.) "We are"= Nosotros/as somos

    Ustedes= 'you' (plural) " You are"= Ustedes son' "You are"= Ustedes son'


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MontraP4

    somos wasn't even in there it was just son


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/percy060399

    Why is it nosotras somos mujeres not sois mujeres or somos mujeres?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    Here is the present tense of the verb ser:

    I am = yo soy

    you are (singular, familiar) = tú eres

    you are (singular, formal) = usted es

    he/she is = él/ella es

    we are = nosotros/nosotras somos

    you are (plural, familiar, used only in Spain) = vosotros/vosotras sois

    you are (plural, used everywhere) = ustedes son

    they are = ellos/ellas son

    As you see, the verb by itself already provides enough information to tell who is being spoken about in almost all cases. As such, you can often leave out the subject pronoun entirely. In fact, it is very common to do so in normal conversation. Usually the subject pronoun is only put in for emphasis or for extra clarity. (It is also generally left in when using the formal "usted", to avoid confusion between that and "he/she") So, either

    • Nosotras somos mujeres.

    or just

    • Somos mujeres

    should be correct, but not

    • Sois mujeres.

    because that is talking about you, not us.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnushreeSo3

    When should we use somos and when to use son? I'm confused!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah480749

    Nosotras somos mujeres.... Nosotros somos hombres....


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zaibatsu

    Why isn't "Nos somos mujeres" acceptable?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Orange_eye_patch

    Nos (does not equal) Nosotros, it has a different meaning.... us


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gabewithafender

    Because to say "we" as the subject of the sentence, it's either "nosotros" (masculine) or "nosotras" (feminine). "Nos" is only when it's the object of the sentence, like "us" in English.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rafaelpadi8

    Jaja , speak spanish with me , my skype is : rafaelpadilla1621 , im from PERU


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nauseaguy

    somos mujeres es bastante...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JWatch

    I am told by my own Spanish teacher (mexico) that "nosotros" is acceptable for any group of people, regardless of any mix of genders, and that "nosotras" is only acceptable for a group of females; one can use "nosotras" if they choose to or not in that situation, but "nosotros" is still correct. The website insists that "nosotros" is wrong here. What do you guys think of this?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andieec

    This site is teaching you the proper/ formal way to speak Spanish. In proper English you wouldn't address a group of women as "guys," you would say ladies. Saying "hey guys" when addressing a group of women is acceptable in the English speaking language, but it's slang and informal. Same thing goes for this I think. It's fine if you're actually speaking Spanish to use the masculine term, it's just not completely proper is all. Am I right??


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Orange_eye_patch

    Yup what you said i was taught


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Santi_Minstrel

    I cannot tell of the specific features in American Spanish. In Spain, it is incorrect to say nosotros if a group of only females is speaking.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

    I agree with everything you said, andieec, except that it IS completely proper to call a mixed-sex group by the pronoun "nosotros.'


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/magdalena2005

    They do not give us time


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rocko2012

    Googling "nosotros somos mujeres" I get 425,000 results and "nosotras somos mujeres" 1,160,000 results which suggest your teacher might be right. I have never seen anything on duolingo that suggest that possibility though.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spanishoftheday

    Most of the time im getting told like Ustedes son mujeres is We are women, now Im gettng told that its only nosotros somos mujeres, are they all the same thing or does it really matter from English - Spanish.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rocko2012

    "Ustedes" = "you", it is second person plural. "Nosotros/nosotras" = "we", it is first person plural. They are not interchangeable. "Ustedes son mujeres" = "You are women"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Callykoo

    is there ever a case where you use son with nosotros/nosotras or is it always somos?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rocko2012

    "Nosotros somos" = "somos", the "nosotros/nosotras" is built into "somos". Look at this chart: http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/ser#conjugation The verb gets conjugated with the pronoun in Spanish.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Callykoo

    Thanks! So if yo soy=I am, is yo seres....I will? (because it is in the future?)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rocko2012

    "seré" I assume you mean. I've not cover that yet but yeah it proably does mean "I will".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Santi_Minstrel

    I will be. will (as a future particle) is not part of the verb to be by itself.

    I will be == yo seré / estaré


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Callykoo

    Yes, I just don't have the accent symbol on my iPad ;-)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/luminary23

    Tap and hold the letter and variations of it (i.e. with accents) will pop up :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/catrina2003

    How do you get the accent symbol, anyway?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/catrina2003

    Why is your name "Orange_eye_patch"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clawedinvader

    Hi, I can't seem to reply to your other question on the accent symbol, so I'll reply to you here.

    On my keyboard at least, I just have to press 'Alt Gr' and the letter to get áéíóú, or 'Shift'+'Alt Gr' for ÁÉÍÓÚ. I hope that helps.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mlevy6

    What would son mean then


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Santi_Minstrel

    'are', when the subject is 'ellos/ellas/ustedes'


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clawedinvader

    Surely that's "somos", not "son"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Santi_Minstrel

    Yep, I just corrected it. Surely I was in the clouds. Thank you!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ankitlinguistics

    Do you know what do words like vosotros and sois mean?

    I have heard that they are different words used by people from different countries. Is it necessary to learn that? I am getting confused with all this different words for different regions.

    I mean wouldn't it be enough if I just learn what this app/site is teaching me, let's say if I go on a world tour and I have to talk to various people?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Santi_Minstrel

    From my point of view, you should learn to use and conjugate 'vosotros' (informal plural you used in Spain). However, others may think otherwise, but in Europe you will hear it even if you don't use it yourself.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anandb

    When is it Nosotros and when is it Nosotras?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rocko2012

    If "we" is all women use "nosotras". If "we" has even one man in the group and all the women in the world use "nosotros".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KaitlynMaree

    it is very funny how I am espanol, yet i get this wrong!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/erdp

    i still don't get the difference between 'nosotros' and 'nosotras'. Why is it 'nosotras somos mujeres'? is it wrong if we use 'nosotros somos mujeres'?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/luminary23

    From what I've read through the comments, nosotras = we (feminine) and nosotros = we (masculine). So "nosotros somos mujeres" would be wrong.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rocko2012

    "es" is singular third person and you need a plural first person here. http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/ser#conjugation


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pratyusha333

    what is the difference between nosotros and nosotras?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brenna_kellem

    So what's the difference between Nosotras and Nosotros, and when do we use them specifically?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/seby1607

    We use 'nosotros' if it's a male/mixed group & and 'nosotras' if it's a female group (and maybe also a mixed group, i am not sure anymore about that... Sorry).


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/detfan84

    When I "peeked" at the words, it seemed like it should translate "Nostoras estamos mujers". I have not covered that yet, but can anyone clarify this for me? Also, how does this form of Spanish compare to the Spanish that is used in Mexico and/or other Central and South American countries? Thanks for any input!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatherineZhang

    why Nosotras sois mujeres is not correct ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Santi_Minstrel

    Because the conjugation used is incorrect.

    • Somos is for 'we'
    • Sois is for 'you (plural informal)'

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PriyaChaha

    How is this MUJERES pronounced? I mean here J is like 'kh'


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JONATHANSE25

    Why wouldn't "Nosotras estamos mujeres" be correct?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/spongebob3222

    umm i am having trouble with this spanish any body know the spanish way to put we are women


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RoyJones4Life

    this is so diffrent and unconventional


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mrviola195

    Sometimes this website confuses me with this kind of stuff. I started with French, but I couldn't remember the difference between a feminine or masculine.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sussussuss

    Why can't i say "nosotras estamos mujeres"? Is it the tense thats wrong or gender?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
    • 2297

    Since it's "mujeres", "nosotras" is the correct gender.

    Since it's "nosotros/nosotras", "estamos" is the correct conjugation.

    But since it's "nosotras = mujeres", you're using the wrong verb. You say "Nosotras estamos cantadas", but "Nosotras somos mujeres".

    https://www.duolingo.com/skill/es/Emotions/tips


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nauna.vaug

    Why are somos and nosotras basically the same thing but i can't interchange them? When do i use which one?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ankitlinguistics

    First make this thing clear that 'somos' and 'nosotros' are not basically the same thing. They are totally different. 'Nosotros' means 'we' whereas 'somos' means 'we are'.

    So when in a sentence there is 'we are', nosotros becomes optional. For e.g. "We are men." can be written as "Somos hombres" as well as "Nosotros somos hombres"

    On the other hand when it's just 'we' then you don't have to use 'somos' For e.g. "We men drink" can only be written as "Nosotros hombres bebemos"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deepak_Chopra

    Gracias, been looking for an explaination for Somos


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LindaSippl

    Gracias I was so confused when to use Nosotras or Somos.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bluejay188

    Why can this not be somos son ninas?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
    • 2297

    "Somos son niñas" is "We are they are girls".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bluejay188

    Why can this not be "somos son mujeres"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sosakanera

    Somos is when you are talking about "we" (obviously something including yourself) and son is when you are talking about "they" [ellas/ellos/ustedes]

    Example: nosotras somos mujeres / we are women

    Or

    Ustedes son niñas / you all are girls


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/venyell

    Why cant it be vosotros ??


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/roman.ostr

    "Nosotras somos mujeres" sounds like some spell in Latin for summoning a demon.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JBW.

    OFF TOPIC: How do you make your comments italic? Can you do it in the mobile app?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    With underscores, asterisks, or double asterisks.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JBW.

    Oh, thank you...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/charm22

    Can you leave Nosotros out and still be correct?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sosakanera

    Yeah usually the word conjugation will tell you which pronoun its referring to


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ganesh.sampath

    when to use nosotras and when to use nosotros. why is the answer not "nosotros somos mujeres" ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LittleWing1

    @ganesh.sampath - re: when to use nosotras and when to use nosotros. why is the answr not "nosotros somos mujeres" ?

    ¡Hola Ganesh! I found this information very helpful in regards to remembering which words to use when translating "we, nosotras and nosotros".

    Over time, English has dropped a lot of noun classifications that other languages still maintain.

    In English we (male and/or female folk) do not make the distinction between the first person female plural and the first person male plural that some other languages do. We just use "we".

    Even if we should know some information regarding the collective group's gender it is not packed into the pronoun "we".

    If it was, then we would have feminine first person plural pronouns like, "we-lassies" which would take the meaning, "we female folks" and then the first person masculine pronoun, "we-laddies" which would take the meaning "we male folk".

    And then to make matters really weird, instead of coming up with a whole new, unique word for the first person pronoun for a mixed gender group of male and female, what if instead we just re-use the masculine first person plural pronoun instead.

    That would really make English confusing. But that is exactly what is going on in Spanish.

    Nosotras is the first person feminine plural and you can think of its meaning as, "We female folk". Nosotros can mean either, "We male folk" or "We male and female folk".

    You may have noticed that there is no neuter or genderless form of "we" in Spanish like, "We it folk". That's because Spanish doesn't have a real neuter gender class.

    Another consequence of Spanish's tendency to make nouns fit into a gender class it that when we translation from Spanish to English some information that was known and may have been present in the form of a first person plural pronoun like, nostras (we female fokes) gets lost when we translate into English.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mattie_wilkins

    the a in nosotras is feminine


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rafaelpadi8

    Speak spanish with me , my skype is : rafaelpadilla1621 , im from PERU


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    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GO_1_DIRECTION

    i dont get it because it says nostoras and i put nosotros


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Denji95

    "Nosotras" because women are speaking: Nosotras (feminin) somos mujeres (=women)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rnereida

    When I put nosotros somos mujeres, it said i was wrong. it said that the real answer was nosotras somos mujeres..what?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TamaraKY

    the answer does not have nosotras in it! Just somos mujeres, but why is it somos not somas? Somas is the feminine isn't it?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaxGonzale16

    Verb conjugation has nothing to do with gender


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/no14

    NOSOTRAS SOMOS MUJERES!!!!!!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnamHafsa

    Why NosotrAs Why not NosotrOs What is the diffrence


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sajadjamalvatan

    What is the difference between Nosotros and Nosotras?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raina99

    Why "somos"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/primary.An

    What is the difference between "Nosotros" and "nosotras"? ....


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/divine998

    Can someone explain why "Nosotras estamos mujeres" would not work?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ank201012

    From what ive looked up somos is permanent and estamos is temporary... So unless theyre getting a sex change in the near future its somos... I messed this one up too i put estamos.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ank201012

    Had to look it up, was bugging me lol


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sosakanera

    Not a word in Spanish I don't think


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aliciaangelina

    Can someone explain the difference between ser and eres wich is which a sois and vosotros ????


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aliho2424

    Why not somos damas


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skipslesey6

    WhT is the difference between somos and son or does is even matter?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YerrinShin

    Spanish is hard for Koreans...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MrTastyHackZ

    what is wrong with what is put nosotras somos mujeres


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yosoylouise

    With my small tablet its really hard to type, or click anything without clicking the wrong one


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CedricLee1

    Would "somos mujeres" also work rather than "Nosotras somos mujeres"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mira0sa

    Why its nosutras mujeres not nosotros mujeres


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/peeeytza

    why is nosotras wrong? i answered nosotras mujeres .. and why is it wrong?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Imranabbas3

    What is the difference between nosotros and voisotros?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Santi_Minstrel

    Nosotros is 'we', whereas 'vosotros is an informal addressment of a plural you used in Spain


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/isachapron

    Awsome thanx guys.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/isachapron

    I wrote nosotras sonas mujeres. Instead of somos. Whats the difference.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BossMo1

    Why we didn't use ustedes son mujeres


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dean.j.how

    Sois isnt accepted?!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    "Sois" is you (vosotros) are. The correct verb conjugation for we (nosotr@s) are is "son."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pearlbd

    Why do I need to use Nosotros at all when I can just say "Somos hombres"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    You're right, you don't need to use "nosotros" here, but you do need to say "mujeres," not "hombres."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NevilleMit

    Sooo how many of you put NOSOTROS instead of correctly spelling NOSOTRAS lol......


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kyasias

    How when I had this question you let me pass with Nosotros now you won't let me through with Nosotras! !


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kadiyah

    Because you that's not that right conjugation for ''we'' or ''nosotras''.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adamant822000

    How would you know to say "Somo" or "Nosotros"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    Here's how I would think about it:

    "We" = "nosotros" or "nosotras" We're talking about women, so we clearly should use the second one.

    "Are" could be translated various ways (eres, es, somos, sois, son), depending on the pronoun. The translation that corresponds to "nosotras" is "somos".

    "Women" = "mujeres"

    So we have: nosotras somos mujeres


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristinaV274363

    It tells you the first word by capatilizing it


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JaimeSmalls

    Why do we have to use somos rather than just nosotras mujeres?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    Nosotras mujeres. = We women. (sentence fragment)

    Nosotras somos mujeres = We are women. (complete sentence)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jason161578

    Why is "Nosotras eramos mujeres" incorrect? From what I can tell, the conjugation of "are" would be "eramos".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    Ser is an irregular verb.

    nosotros somos = we are

    nosotros éramos = we were

    Full verb conjugation: http://www.verbix.com/webverbix/Spanish/ser.html


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jason161578

    Thank you. Very helpful.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/komalkankaria

    Why is that when i write 'nosotros' it tells that I'm wrong, but does show up in the meaning of the word. :/


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LambaInsaan

    Why not "nosotras es mujers"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    Aside from the minor typo (it should be "mujeres") the problem is that "es" means "is" not "are." You need to use "somos" to match "nosotras."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/komalkankaria

    Oh now i know why, 'cause its feminine so, nosotras.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/todimu

    Why is it "nosotras somos mujeres" and not "nosotros eres mujeres"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    I refer you to the rest of this sentence discussion; this question has already been asked and answered many times.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/321Tony123

    Can't you just say, "Somos mujeres" to shorten it up?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kraenzlein12345

    can someone clarify the difference between es, eres, somos and stuff


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    I am = yo soy

    you (singular, familiar) are = tú eres

    you (singular, formal) are = usted es

    he/she is = él/ella es

    we are = nosotros/nosotras somos

    you (plural) are = ustedes son

    they are = ellos/ellas son


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/samueltamb1

    Is somos & estaras the same thing?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scottrichins

    why isn't it just somos mujeres and get rid of the nosotros? I just did another sentence a little earlier and it left out the nosotros.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    Both "somos mujeres" and "nosotras somos mujeres" are perfectly fine translations of "we are women."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kylaholder12

    This is easy to remember I am 12 and I speak español and le français fluently altough my german and hindi, portugese need a lot of work


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    Yes, it can be hard, but don't give up! When you really start being able to think and live in a foreign language it's so much fun you'll never want to stop learning languages; it just takes a little persistence to get over that first hump.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jayonc

    i keep on forgetting what verb to use when it comes down to that


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/binarytrance

    My conclusions till now: Nosotros somos means: we are. Somos means: we are. Can both sets of words be interchanged?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    Basically. There is already enough information in the verb to tell who the subject is without using a pronoun, so in standard conversation and writing it is left out most of the time. You are already familiar with how, In English, you wouldn't say:

    John and I have a cat. John and my cat eats fish. One day John and I opened a can of fish and John and I called the cat. When John and I saw that . . .

    No, you would say:

    John and I have a cat. He eats fish. One day we opened a can of fish and called the cat. When we saw that . . .

    In Spanish, you go a step farther and even leave out the "we" (I've highlighted all the verbs):

    Juan y yo tenemos un gato. Come pescado. Un día abrimos una lata de pescado y llamamos al gato. Cuando vimos que . . .

    So you see that the subject is mentioned just once. Generally, you should use the subject pronoun whenever you need extra clarity or want to contrast one subject with another, and leave it out otherwise.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/purpleslupl

    Does "Nosotras somos ninas" not mean the same thing as "somos ninas"? When do you use nosotras and not use it?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timstellmach

    You really only need "nosotras" there for emphasis or style (e.g. "ellos son niños, pero nosotras somos niñas.")


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ajoym101

    I thought it was "Somos mujeres" but changed it to "Somos son mujeres". My first geuss is usually wrong, but this time it was right! :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/poppyreese

    how come nostros somo mujer and somo mujer meean the same thing


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saransh_311

    it is showing somos mujeres as we are women but i think it is nosotras somos mujeres


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    Either is fine. Just saying "somos mujeres" is more common in everyday speech, but if extra clarity is needed, you add in "nosotras."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ruthajewole_x

    Why is it somos mujeres not nosotros somos mujeres


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timstellmach

    "Nosotros" is typically omitted in this sort of thing, because it's redundant with the conjugation of "somos."

    In any case, if it were present, it would be "nosotras" here because that particular pronoun does have a distinct feminine form.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kristinavdbyl

    is saying ''Nosotras somos mujeres'' the same as ''somos mujeres'' ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timstellmach

    Yep. "Somos" is unamniguous, so "nosotras" is optional.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/madeleinem566551

    I translate from Spanish to English in the microphone and I know I am not saying it right but it says I am


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DarkLightStar

    when do you use "son" and when do use "somos"? I'm confused here :(


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    Just like in English, the subject and the verb have to match. In English, we only have three possibilities, "am," "is," and "are," but in Spanish there are a few more:

    to be = ser

    I am = yo soy

    you (singular, familiar) are = tú eres

    you (singular, formal) are = usted es

    he/she/it is = él/ella es

    we are = nosotros/nosotras somos

    you (plural) are = ustedes son

    they are = ellos/ellas son

    Don't despair, though, "ser" is a highly irregular verb (which you will just have to memorize), but most other verbs follow a much more orderly set of endings.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Why_do_you...

    It won't hear me correctly


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Poweratsea

    How do you pronounce "Mujeres"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell
    • m =m
    • u = oo (a very pure sound, no diphthong)
    • j = hhh (fairly strong sound)
    • e = long "a" sound (as in faith, but no dipthong)
    • r = flipped r
    • e = same as above
    • s = s

    So, something like moo-hay-race, but if you can't do a flipped r, it's better to put a d in than use an English r, I think. So you could say, moo-hay-dace.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeremyLezama

    somos mujeres is the answer, so you do not need to say nosotros again?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timstellmach

    No, you can leave it out because it's implied by "somos." (But if you left it in, it would be "nosotras" to match the gender of "mujeres")


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JHMayfield

    Can you also say: estamos mujeres?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timstellmach

    No.

    "Estar" is used to describe conditions and locations, not identity. You use "ser" for that.

    As a rule of thumb, when you see a form of "to be" between any two noun phrases in English (e.g., "we" and "women"), that's probably a statement of identity that will use "ser" in Spanish.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xxbeatrinaxx

    Sooooo "We are women" is Nosotras somos mujeres or somos mujeres? What's the difference?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    I'm getting lazy. I'm just going to quote one of my answers to another person above:

    Here is the present tense of the verb ser:

    I am = yo soy

    you are (singular, familiar) = tú eres

    you are (singular, formal) = usted es

    he/she is = él/ella es

    we are = nosotros/nosotras somos

    you are (plural, familiar, used only in Spain) = vosotros/vosotras sois

    you are (plural, used everywhere) = ustedes son

    they are = ellos/ellas son

    As you see, the verb by itself already provides enough information to tell who is being spoken about in almost all cases. As such, you can often leave out the subject pronoun entirely. In fact, it is very common to do so in normal conversation. Usually the subject pronoun is only put in for emphasis or for extra clarity. (It is also generally left in when using the formal "usted", to avoid confusion between that and "he/she") So, either

    • Nosotras somos mujeres.

    or just

    • Somos mujeres

    should be correct


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kquig

    we are women= somos mujeres


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hubbard.M

    why is it somos mujeres and not nosotras somos mujeres?????


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/around.nafisa

    I'm confused. The choice given was "Somos mujeres." There's no "Nosotras". Was there a mistake or is the sentence okay?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timstellmach

    The sentence is okay. "Nosotras" is optional, since "somos" is unambiguous as to who the subject of the sentence is.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlyLowell18

    I will fallow everyone who fallows me!!!!!! :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/keavaa

    Why do I keep running into things like "I am not a boy" and "We are women" I'm guessing this was made for female audiences now


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timstellmach

    No, that's just the world not revolving around you personally.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndreaRobi18

    I'm confused on when to use nosotros and somos


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    Given that your question has been asked and answered here already, I am going to assume you just got bored of scrolling down through a cluttered thread. Next time you might want to try searching the thread using ctrl + f or the equivalent, so you can get to your question quickly, then if you still don't understand something, ask for clarification. Anyway . . .

    • nosotros/nosotras = we
    • somos = are

    The confusion comes because in Spanish, each person has their own verb ending. You would never say "they is" or "she am" in English, would you? It's just like that in Spanish, except that there are enough verb forms that you end up not even needing to mention who the subject is most of the time, because just the verb is clear enough. So you can say,

    • Nosotras somos mujeres.

    or just

    • Somos mujeres.

    And either way it is clear you are talking about "we".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hopesolo67

    i think it should be "Somos Mhjeres"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kwey3

    Why doesnt somamos mujeres work?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timstellmach

    Pretty sure there's no such word in Spanish as "somamos." Not sure what you mean.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DannyBeatzMusic

    I said Nosotras somos mujeres and they wrote it "Nosotros somos mujeres". wtf. lol


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MinaNabil4

    I always get confused between somos and nosotros


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SilverFlute

    'Nosotros somos mujeres' should not be accepted...only 'nosotras somos mujeres'? Unless they are transgender, of course.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UtkarshGup17

    Difference between somos n nosotros.......


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sydthekyd6

    When do you use nosotras and when do you use somos?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell
    • nosotros = we
    • somos = (we) are

    I put (we) in parenthesis, because the endings of Spanish verbs are so specific that you can often leave the subject out entirely and still be entirely understood. In fact, it is normal to do so.

    (Sort of like how we would never say, "Jason went to the store and Jason bought a bag of lemons. Then Jason made lemonade. Jason thought it was too sour, so Jason added sugar." Instead you would say, "Jason went to the store and bought a bag of lemons. Then he made lemonade. He thought it was to sour, so he added sugar." In Spanish you would go even farther and not even keep saying "he/él.")


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Himmel.

    Why not "nosotras mujeres" ??


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    That would mean "We woman" . . . You need a verb before the sentence makes sense.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/paigemoore0

    how come there are lots of the same words that mean different things


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timstellmach

    That's the case in every language I'm aware of. It's something people take for granted in their own native language.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/valhunters

    "nosotros somas mujeres" or is it "somos mujeres"?.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timstellmach

    "Nosotros somos mujeres" and "somos mujeres" are both correct.

    "Somas" is not a thing.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/valhunters

    Nosotros somas mujeres or somos mujeres?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

    Both, valhunters, if you spell "somos" correctly..


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bboy.Tony

    Whats the difference between "mujer" and "mujeres"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bboy.Tony

    Whats the difference between "mujer" and "mujeres"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell
    • mujer = woman (singular)
    • mujeres = women (plural)

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chelsea114863

    It didn't even give me Nosotras. My answer had to be Somos mujeres, with the options I was given. Why was it ok to drop the Nosotras?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    So, I'm assuming that you got tired of scrolling through a cluttered thread, as I know this thread is super long, but your question has already been answered several times. I'll quote one of the answers for you, and I recommend ctrl + f to help you find the rest if you are still confused.

    There is already enough information in the verb to tell who the subject is without using a pronoun, so in standard conversation and writing it is left out most of the time. You are already familiar with how, In English, you wouldn't say:

    John and I have a cat. John and my cat eats fish. One day John and I opened a can of fish and John and I called the cat. When John and I saw that . . .

    No, you would say:

    John and I have a cat. He eats fish. One day we opened a can of fish and called the cat. When we saw that . . .

    In Spanish, you go a step farther and even leave out the "we" (I've highlighted all the verbs):

    Juan y yo tenemos un gato. Come pescado. Un día abrimos una lata de pescado y llamamos al gato. Cuando vimos que . . .

    So you see that the subject is mentioned just once. Generally, you should use the subject pronoun whenever you need extra clarity or want to contrast one subject with another, and leave it out otherwise.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chelsea114863

    Thank you for the reply Laruthell! Unfortunately as I am on a phone, I don't have the option of ctrl + f. Any comment I see only goes down for about 20-30, then won't load past that. So no, I do try to scroll fully through the thread I can see before requesting assistance, although I do appreciate the time you took to copy and paste this answer for me. Thank you again for the help!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    Wow, that's a serious shortcoming of the phone app, then! Thank you for explaining. I've never used it, so I hadn't realized.

    For perspective, at this point there are 355 comments, many of them asking the same few questions over and over again . . . unfortunately, that still doesn't mean those same questions are all answered in the first 30 comments . . . hmm . . . that's a thought, actually. Maybe someday when I have some free time, I can go remind myself of what the most frequent questions are and put some comment answering all of them up near the top . . .


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sauduskk

    Hey laruthell, and I would like to help you in that!

    Though how can this be done? I mean there should be a FAQ section at the beginning of each such statement/question, and then the comments section should begin.

    Maybe, developers only can do this. #ideas


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    Hmm... yes, it could be proposed to the developers or course contributors.

    In the mean time, the practical thing to do is as follows: Reply to the top comment.

    I saw this done once on a thread in the German for English speakers course. There was a question that kept being asked over and over, and finally someone posted a summary of the answers in reply to the top-most comment in the thread. That comment didn't even have anything to do with the question, but after that, people stopped asking.

    So on this thread, for example, you could reply to doritosguy12, and topics would probably need to include:

    • Difference between somos and son, which both translate to "are" but mean different things. Or basically a brief conceptual introduction to Spanish verb conjugation so people know what to pay attention to as they keep going through the lessons.
    • Difference between nosotros/as and somos.
    • Why you can (and should) leave out the subject.
    • Why it has to be "nosotras" rather than "nosotros".

    And maybe a few more things. I'd have to search through the thread, but off the top of my head, I think those are the questions I have answered the most frequently.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Daniel155478

    It didnt let me use nosotras


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RandeepSar

    When to use 'son' and when 'somos' ?? I am confused.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timstellmach

    "Somos" = "we are." "Son" = "They are" or "You (plural) are" (except for the informal plural in some dialects, which is "sois").


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maddy206799

    I said nosotras somos mujeres clearly several times but was told i was wrong and cannot get past this point!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaydenand

    this cant understand me its annoying asf


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BTSHI

    How will I know to use somos or eres? I'm confused


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    How do you know when to say, "is" or "am" in English? Just like in English, the subject and the verb have to match. In English, we only have three possibilities, "am," "is," and "are," but in Spanish there are a few more:

    • to be = ser
    • I am = yo soy
    • you (singular, familiar) are = tú eres
    • you (singular, formal) are = usted es
    • he/she/it is = él/ella es
    • we are = nosotros/nosotras somos
    • you (plural) are = ustedes son
    • they are = ellos/ellas son

    Don't despair, though, "ser" is a highly irregular verb (which you will just have to memorize), but most other verbs follow a much more orderly set of endings.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael207198

    Ughhh i love spanish but its killing me


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/john614301

    When do I use son and somos


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaylaYehya

    Why is it so improtant to have somos ? What does it mean ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XUT58txH

    How do I tell the difference between "we" and 'THEY'


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MFairhurst

    Se puede decir, "Mujeres somos"? A Duolingo no le gustó


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rachelfe86

    Why is women señoras and meujers in this sentance?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PrintempsaParis

    Don't you find Duolingo has been ruined now by all the ads and aps they push?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MollyTaylo890465

    I think I'm getting that "somos" is used for "we" (self inclusive) and "son" is for "you" (self exclusive), correct?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mike2813

    "somos mujeres" also worked for me.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lindseykonich

    Why does, "Nosotras somos mujeres" work for "We are women."? When "Somos hombres" works for "We are men."? Why isn't Nosotros needed?

    Also, why is nosotros turned feminine when somos is not?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

    In Spanish, subject pronouns are null.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

    "Somos" is a verb and thus doesn't "turn" feminine ever. It is the subject pronouns that change gender according to how the verb is conjugated.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
    • 2297

    It is the subject pronouns that change gender according to how the verb is conjugated.

    Er, what? The subject pronoun is what it is, depending on who or what we're talking about. The verb conjugates according to whether the subject is 1st, 2nd, or 3rd person, singular or plural.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maryam456488

    And when we want to talk about a group of men and women what word must we use?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdarshSahu

    Gracias Mi Amigo


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tony75834

    Shouldn't it be "nosotras somAS mujeres" because it's taking about an all female group?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
    • 2297

    No. Verbs have nothing to do with gender. That's only adjectives.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marlon.nor

    Where the hell did somos come from


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/19awall77

    Isnt eres = to are? I put nosotras eres mujeras and got it wrong


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    The subject and the verb have to match. In English, we only have three possibilities, "am," "is," and "are," but in Spanish there are a few more.

    to be = ser

    I am = yo soy

    you (singular, familiar) are = tú eres

    you (singular, formal) are = usted es

    he/she/it is = él/ella es

    we are = nosotros/nosotras somos

    you (plural) are = ustedes son

    they are = ellos/ellas son


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/percy060399

    Why is it nosotras somos mujeres not somos mujeres or sois mujeres?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LindaSippl

    Why is it Somos mujeres & not Nosotras son mujeres? I'm confused.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrittanyEd11

    Hola, quema estas senoras, senors, une senritas?Tu un oblie inglis une espanol.

    Translation :hello, how are you women, men, boys and girls?I speak english and spanish.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    Um, in Spanish, "quema estas señoras" means "he/she/it is burning these ladies" . . . I don't think that is what you wanted to say. . . I don't know what language you were trying to write in, but in Spanish you might say some variation of the following,

    ¡Hola!, ¿Cómo están ustedes, señores y señoras? Hablo un poco de español e inglés.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Divina_

    why is it Nosotras not nosotros??????


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timstellmach

    "Nosotros" is used for all-masculine or mixed groups. Since we know here that the group is all women, the feminine "nosotras" is required.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mskycc3

    If you can say "his husband" (in another lesson), then why can't you say "Nosotros somos mujeres."?

    It's grammatically correct as far as I can tell. You're just saying that these guys are actually women.

    Is this course pro-gay, but anti-transgender/gender identity?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    I could be wrong, but I should think that if you identified as a woman, you would want to identify fully, which means that you'd say "nosotras" when describing yourselves, because women say "nosotras" about themselves and you're a woman. (Whereas "su" is a completely gender-neutral pronoun which could mean both "his" or "her" indiscriminately.)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaximusGlunt

    or maybe ellas son mujers


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kaitmcr

    Couldn't it also be " Estamos mujeres"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

    It cannot be "estamos mujeres" unless you are a group of women getting a sex change.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
    • 2297

    That's not how the distinction between "ser" and "estar" works. It's not as simple as "temporary vs permanent".

    https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/ser-vs-estar
    https://www.realfastspanish.com/vocabulary/ser-vs-estar


    https://i.imgur.com/gBqHbOS.png


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stephanTho4

    Nosotras somos miujeres


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MyrtheHerm

    Why is somos niñas incorrect?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

    "Niñas" = "girls."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LindaSandh

    why is is somos not son?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BlesingEbi

    Whats the difference btw "nosotros" & "nosotras"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Preston9916

    What is the difference between son and somos?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnthonySal366080

    Whay somos instead of son? And how are people still confused about os/as? Masculine/feminine people! Covered in basics 1..


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

    "Somos" means "we are." "Son" means "they are."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JenniferC.418876

    I don't know where you are all getting other words, like ser, tros, tras, etc.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bobbythekid21

    When it comes to woman i mix up my spanish and dutch.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lunasahyou

    Why is it ( nosotras somos mujeres and not nosotras son mujeres


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sohumsak

    Why not Nostotras eres mujeres?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bmcg123

    I put " somas mujeres" and it said it was right but with a typo, would it be the correct way of saying it?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

    You spelled "somos" as "somas," which is incorrect.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Egill857061

    That one got me to say "wut?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AshleyRyan7827

    I put "nosotras somos mujer" and it said that its suppose to be "nosotras somos damas."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Toby280897

    Why is "we are women" translated with "damas" rather than "mujeres"? That's confusing.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

    "Damas" means "ladies." In some cases, "ladies" can be a synonym for "women." Also, if "nosotras" is plural, then "mujeres" needs to be plural.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmmaToms1

    The app wont let me past this point however i can see no error


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christakwon

    Tu eres una mujer vs Usted son mujer ??


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kasbela

    Why is wrong if you leave out somos


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

    Sentences aren't sentences if they have no verb. Rather, they are a sentence fragment.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/David485162

    When somos? When no somos and why?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
    • 2297

    Ser is an irregular verb:

    Pronoun Conjugation
    yo soy
    eres
    él/ella/usted es
    nosotros/nosotras somos
    vosotros/vosotras sois
    ellos/ellas/ustedes son

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alexa796853

    Woman is singular o plural?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
    • 2297

    woman ~ singular
    women ~ plural


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DesmondZack

    So much S at stake.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ndl6er

    why not Nosotras somos las mujeres??


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kaelarpenn

    Exactly, it should be nosotros son mujeres.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/primary.An

    What is the difference between "Nosotros" and "nosotras"? ....


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/osamahelk

    agree this is correct


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonathanEv13

    That confuse me


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RichardBrewley

    When can I know when to use " somos" or " son" in a sentence?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gabracadabra

    What is the difference between nosotros and nosotras?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaYa_shz

    What do we say for " we are girls" ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ramia.lind

    Nosotras son ninas


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HannahCalaman

    nosotros/nosotras. What is the difference?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    nosotros = we (masculine or mixed genders)

    nosotras = we (feminine)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/averrryyyyyy

    When can you use "Nosotros" vs. "Nosotras"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    "nosotros" = "we (all male, or mixed genders)"

    "nosotras" = "we (all female)"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    nosotros = we (all male or mixed)

    nosotras = we (female)

    Since the sentence is "we are women" it is clear that "we" is female.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/49haley

    It doesnt really explain the difference between the two


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    The difference between what? There are a lot of comments on this thread. Read through them, and if you still don't find the answer to your question after all that, then ask again, but please be specific, or we can't help you.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rafaelpadi8

    Speak spanish with me , my skype is :rafaelpadilla1621 , im from PERU


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MohammadBo8

    Why is it "nosotras somos mujeres" and not "nosotras eres mujeres"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    Please read the other comments. This has already been asked and answered.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cho0seKing

    Why isn't SOMAS not acceptable when they asked the same question and i had to translate SOMAS MUJERES into this exact sentence, its all feminine here right???


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    The word "somas" does not exist.

    Verb endings in Spanish do not change to reflect gender, only singular/plural and first/second/third person.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joshuastlouis

    I dont see the problem with my answer


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

    What was your answer? Maybe I can find the problem.


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      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/espanol321321

      it says nosotros somos mujeres is not correct


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

      In Spanish there are two words for "we"

      nosotros = we (all male, or a mixed group)

      nosotras = we (all female)

      If everyone is a woman, as "somos mujeres" clearly shows, "nosotras" is definitely the one to use.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SebastianPage

      Why cant be son than somos


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/timstellmach

      "Son" is used in the third person - when neither the speaker nor the listener is among the subjects of the sentence. Because the subject here is "we," it requires the first person plural form of the verb, which is "somos."


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KalliRoss12

      idk please help me


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/keavaa

      I got this question in the food section


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Malikm330

      Hi guys I am milk no kidding thats my real name dont jugh


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abby320970

      I don't understand


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OliviaUnge1

      This is really difficult


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kri_kan

      When is mujer reffered as mozas, it gave me an answer as "somos mozas".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KingSavage36906

      Do you people even talk about the question?!?!?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/u8PHwdL4

      I chose two options and it said I was wrong, they both were right.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lunaria1000

      Why is it wrong when i say mujeres


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ParisTheLoris

      "We are women, we are free, we are bringing an end to the patriarchy!"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NatalieSto792618

      Can someone please explain somos/somas?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell
      • somos = (we) are
      • somas = does not exist

      There are many related questions and answers already here in this thread, so if you are still confused, poke around. (And of course, if you have other questions that are not answered in this thread, ask them.)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ErinMoulds1

      This is hart to rember


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alex_fierro

      WE ARE WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE ARE STRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/David485162

      I got lucky again.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vanoula

      why is it "nosotras somos" and not "nosotros somos"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Denji95

      A group of women are speaking. So you must use "nosotras" because it is feminin. Men can not say: Nosotras somos mujeres (=women). Men are "hombres".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rafaelpadi8

      Speak spanish with me , my skype is : rafaelpadilla1621 , im from PERU


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pawansharm14

      See in hint wat comes is ____


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/casy4

      why do yall have so many words for are?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/casy4

      Why is there so many are' s


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/007shana

      So somos is for we all and son is for you all ???


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laruthell

      Yes, that's right!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jewely0

      no one knows... google translate or real words...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PercyJackson213

      Tu el hombre. Get your facts right duo


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jillfaith1

      It is so hard to remember "mujeres." Why couldn't the word be more simpler?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Haydenflake

      Apple means dude right


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Haydenflake

      How was your weekend been doing it is not the best thing for me and you


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PercyJackson213

      Tu el hombre. Get your facts right duo


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/catrina2003

      What does that mean?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dgvelling

      Okay just asked my mom about this and she said it should be "semos" not "somos". No clue.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Santi_Minstrel

      semos?? That is not proper Spanish.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TortioMorp

      Dang I put nostromos not nosotras


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KierraSlayss

      this literally makes no sense.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonathanEv13

      That confuse me


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/magdalena2005

      give same more time


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cheshire178

      there is so many ways you can say one word. why does it have to be like that?!?!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ColinBrawn

      i don't understand


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1066274739

      Give lingots pls

      Learn Spanish in just 5 minutes a day. For free.