from the test Preposition "sin" (without) - General use (prepositions)

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from the test Preposition "sin" (without) - General use (prepositions)

you hear - oyen but can hear is pueden oir, no?

Asked 11 months ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Garry

Yes, literally "you hear" would be "oyen", but when we use the perception verbs (oir, escuchar, ver...) in the present, in English it implies the modal verb "can" while in Spanish you don't need it; this is why some of the translations are using in English "can"; this is to make it sound more natural.

For example:

¿Me escuchas? = ¿Puedes escucharme?

Do you hear me? (odd) = Can you hear me? (more natural)

Here is a lesson that talks about this difference in Spanish and English, have a look.

Saludos

Inma

from the test Preposition "sin" (without) - General use (prepositions)

you hear - oyen but can hear is pueden oir, no?

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