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"Eu estaria se eu pudesse."

Translation:I would be there if I could.

July 9, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Misael-Ab

I am a native speaker and I suppose this exercise has an error: it does not accept the omission of the last "eu." In Portuguese we can say: "Eu estaria lá se EU pudesse" and "Eu estaria lá se { } pudesse."

Sorry, I am studying English and I do not know write this language properly.


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

Your English is pretty great (the only thing I would amend is *I don't know how to write), so you can't say you don't write it properly already :)

Your point is completely valid - if you notice something that needs correcting, please use the "Report a Problem" button that shows up below the question box after your answer is checked by Duo (it's directly to the left of the button that says "Discuss this sentence").


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

Why "I would STAY there if I could" is wrong?


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

Stay = ficar (to remain in one place for some time).


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

Thanks. But "stay" was also one of the suggested translations...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Juliet539653

Why isn't it "poderia" instead of "pudesse"?


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

So, should the sentence be :"I would have been there if I could have"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/risalilac6

I thought pudesse was past subjunctive...this seems like future or present subjunctive


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

It's the imperfect subjunctive that refers to a hypothetical present/future situation.


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

Could someone please point me to an explanation of this? DL's 'tips' section does not explain it at all. I really don't know what's going on in this sentence - and it's the first in the new section. Totally stuck.

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