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"No vamos a esperar a papá."

Translation:We are not going to wait for dad.

October 19, 2013



Why is 'daddy' even suggested when it's not accepted?


and the second suggestion for me was "scoff!" (including the exclamation mark). Can anyone explain that?


The owl is just messing with you.


It should, Reported.


I always put 'daddy' when it says [padre/papá] and it seems to work. Makes me giggle too.


Maybe "daddy" is closer to papi. Maybe some native speakers can help? What's the difference between padre, papa, and papi?


None. Except for that "papa" means potato.


El papá del papa come una papa = The Pope's dad eats a potato.

This may be a useful sentence for remembering all the papa words, since:

El papa (masculine, no accent): The Pope

El papá (masculine, accent): The dad

La papa (feminine): The potato

(Correct me if I'm wrong, native speakers.)


I said "we are not going to wait on daddy" it took it for me. maybe it has a glich or something.


I think if you call him father , dad, daddy, pop or papa all should be accepted , you cant really confuse any , its just the author of this sentence in duolingo that isnt very open minded


would "We aren't going to wait ON Dad" work?


I think you would use "servir" for that, and the meaning would be completely different. Unless of course using "wait on" the way I would use "wait for" is a regionalism I'm not familiar with.


Where I live (Alabama), it is common to use "wait on" if you are delayed in leaving because someone who is going with you is not yet ready. "My sister is always slow getting dressed so we have to wait on her." (This does not mean help her get dressed.)


Hola camillab8, in the southeastern U.S. waiting ON, and waiting FOR are interchangeable. Unless you are specifically meaning to serve someone, in that case it would be to wait ON. :-)


Same situation in my part of the Midwest.


Yep - I'm from Ohio and I didn't even think twice about saying "we won't wait on dad." But, I can see why DL would want to avoid confusion with serving someone.


I think it should. That's the answer I gave but DL said it was wrong :-(


It never accepted wait on dad from me


Can someone explain why we can't use "on" instead of "for" in this sentence? It said I was wrong, I don't understand why. I'll report anyway.


A Spanish audio book explained "esperar" fairly well to me.

They said esperar usually means "to await"

You wouldn't say "we are not going to await for dad" You would say "we are not going to await dad"

Then the 'a' becomes the notorious personal 'a' after the verb.

My girlfriend (Spanish teacher) explained to me that the 'por' in this case is usually used to replace "because of", then used the following example:

We're about to eat lunch, Papá is coming home from work, but Carlos is already home, just messing around and not coming to the table.

"No vamos a esperar 'a' papa"

"We are not going to await papa" - whose intentions are good, just can't get there in time.

"No vamos a esperar 'por' Carlos"

"We are not going to wait because of Carlos" - whose intentions are just messing around, so we're not waiting because of him.

Hopefully that helps someone...


It offers on as a definition in this case.


It didn't for me. Said it should have been "for", which is what I almost used, but when I clicked on the a it said "on", so I changed it and then it showed as an error. Most annoying.


Can I replace 'a' this with 'para'?


No, the only A you can probably change is the second one "No vamos a esperar por papá." and keeps its meaning.


Doesn't "esperar" mean "wait for", so "por" would be unnecessary?


I just don't seem to understand why the "a" is necessary in the sentence. I've had this is several other sentences and I guess that I just don't understand. Could someone explain and/or give me some reference to study. Gracias


Are you talking about the second "a"? It's called the personal "a". When the object of a sentence is a person, it's required. It's just something you have to get used to in Spanish. There are many articles about it, here is one of many: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/persa.htm


The a in vamos a is just like the to in going to.


thanks for the info. I guess it's just something that I'm going to have to remember and program it into my brain.


For any non-native English speakers, "Dad" should really be capitalized in this sentence, because it is being used as a name.


I wrote "We are going to wait for potato"...


Señor Cabeza de Papa?


Why doesn't it require "lo" or "le" in front of "vamos" ?


Hi, I'm just wondering if this sentence means the same thing as the sentence DL gave: No le vamos a esperar a papá. If so, is one more appropriate/correct than the other? Thanks!


Why is there no le required in tge spanish sentence?


The "Another Correct Translation" was the exact same thing as my answer?


"I am not going to wait for potatoes" was not the right answer... ;) These little marks over the letters makes a huge difference in Spanish.. and hard to remember, when you are learning Spanish from English, and Danish is your native language... But I do, but I doo (Goodmorning Vietnam!) I doo make progress not just in Spanish, but also in English this way .. Thank you, Duo... :)


Can you say "No vamos a esperarlo a papá"?


Daddy is same as dad


It won't accept "padre" only "papà."


Use padre/madre with father/mother and mama/papá with mom/dad.


Papá dad gets rained on á (See the a get rained on) papa potato does not get rained on


I answered:"We aren't waiting for daddy." Why isn't my answer acceptable?


Your answer is in present tense, not future tense.


I was correct in saying we are not waiting for papa instead of we will not wait for dad!


Julie, not unless you were not going to wait for a potato ( potato uses no accented "a," Dad uses accented á.


i put "we are not going to wait ON dad" and it marked it wrong. I feel like it should be considered an english equivalent


Did anyone else try "wait on" instead of "wait for?" It counted it wrong, but the former is just as common, at least where I live.


I did, and I agree, Dou should mark it correct!


I said "we can't afford to wait on dad." It marked it wrong!!!


Accents are the difference between waiting for Dad and waiting for a potato. Use them people!!


Let's not wait for papa.


Dad with a capitalized D


I used father and got the question wrong. That's ridiculous


¡Cría cuervos!

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