ok so how do we figure out whether son means 'these are' or 'they are' when it is used without the subject.
http://www.spanishdict.com/conjugate/ser "Son" is the conjugation of ellos/ellas/ustedes with ser. So I would think "they" before I think of "these" since "ellos/ellas" = "they". There are spanish words for "these" (estas, , estos). That is just what I think it could all be horrible wrong though :) Also it is possible "they" and "these" can be used interchangeable in many places in English.
It's always "they are" rather than "these are" because to have "these" in the sentence you need to have it explicitly stated - estos (ie Estas son palabras de su portavoz"). The question is whether it means they or you plural (ustedes). Of course, with this sentence it is definitely "they" because we know that it's talking about "words." If there is ambiguity, Duolingo typically lets you answer either way.
i think so. The tacit/implicit subject should be "these/those", since this phrase would be expressed only either before or after a quote. Having in mind that English mostly needs an express subject, not like Spanish.
"The words are from his spokesman." Why was this marked wrong? I'd like feedback. Gracias
"The words" would translate "Las palabras"; when no subject is given, then it is "They (ellos/ellas) or you (ustedes)". the sentence would not make sense to say "you words", so it has to be they.
Any reason why "They are words of her spokesman" is incorrect. Am I missing a gender indicator?