I am passing by the hotel = accepted. But, honestly, I don't know why the por is needed here. Is it an idiom? Gracias
There can be "passing the hotel" or "passing by the hotel"
"están pasando el hotel" or están pasando por el hotel"
¿Y cómo irías a sabiendo de eso? Tal vez estoy teniendo un carrito de golf. (Not particularly perfect Spanish, but it fits the lesson).
I heard the 'pasar por' could mean 'stopping by.' I tried that translation, and it was marked wrong. Can anyone tell me if I've been misinformed, or if Duo just doesn't have this translation (or if I remember incorrectly)?
Yes, you are well informed. We do use "pasar por" to mean "stop by" as in "Paso por Walgreens y voy a tu casa." - "I'll stop by at Walgreens and then I go to your house."
But in this case it doesn't work like that, normally it has that meaning when it's "paso por" if it's me, and "pasa por" if you're telling someone to stop somewhere or you're telling them that someone will stop somewhere and then go somewhere. I'm not very good explaining but if you need more clarification just ask. :)
It actually work in all tenses
Paso por la tienda y te busco. - I'll stop by the store and then I pick you up.
Pasa por la tienda y buscalo. - Stop by the store and pick it up.
Pasé por la tienda y después lo busqué. - I stopped by the store and then I picked him up.
Pasaré/voy a pasar por la tienda y después lo busco. - I will/am going to stop by the store and then I'll pick him up.
So I'd say it doesn't work with progressive verbs.
What if you're on the phone with someone and you want to tell them "I'm stopping by the store (right now) and then I'll head home"? Wouldn't that be "pasando por la tienda" or would you say somethig else in that case?
I am no sure, but according to wordreference:
Buscar a alguien: : look for, search for ( intentar encontrar) (search for, seek) Recoger a alguien: ( Pasar a por alguien) :Pick up, collect in vehicle)
It seems odd to me that "I am passing by the hotel." and "I am going through the hotel." both make the Owl happy? If I said that to someone, how would they know where to find me? Must be a lot more "context" to meet up?
I have a similar opinion, as passing by a hotel and going through it are very different movements. Knowing the difference if any, could be very important!
Well I put "walking" by the hotel [by accident, what trips me up is i'll make a translation that has the same gist but not the same exact meaning] and it accepted it. Since pasando = passing, i'll assume they're just accepting other verbs that one might use that have the same gist meaning, if not literal meaning... however, this is a case where they actually shouldn't be doing that
I could see accepting it, but not as the "best" translation. I often click on discussion to get the "best" translation when I'm not sure mine is perfect...
Me too. I've been spending a lot of time lately in the discussions and am learning a lot from them.
The 'por' translates to 'by'. So the complete translation becomes 'I am passing BY the hotel.' My guess is they want the complete translation even though your version means almost the same thing.
Surely the very fact that the given translation is "I am driving by the hotel" must mean that at least in some situations "pasando" can be translated as driving? No?
It can be. We do this in English too. Imagine you're driving to your friend's house while talking to them on your cell phone.
Your friend: "Where are you?"
You: "I just passed the hotel."
Clearly your intended meaning is you just drove by the hotel.
"Pasando" = "walking" now? And "driving"? C'mon, don't hold back, DL. Give us all the possible meanings of a word so we can learn the language.
"Pasando" is simply to pass, the detail is you need context, with context you know if you're passing by in a car, walking, on a train, bike, etc.
In one of the "choose the correct ones from these three", I checked driving and, after thinking a bit, omitted walking. It was counted wrong. So, walking is not accepted only in this one exercise. The next person that can, please click the problem button and check "my translation should be accepted".
Not a NS but I'll give it a shot: Está pasando/sucediendo cerca del hotel And I think I see what you're getting at. . . Pasar in this case translates as 'to happen', but the 'by' (which also means 'close' or 'near' in this sentence) gets translated into 'cerca de'. . . For the sentence in the lesson, the propositions that we use in English with 'pass' (by, through) are included in the verb pasar and further clarified through context. . . Am I getting this??
I put "I am going by the hotel". In other words, I am going to stop there while I am out doing other things. This was accepted.