I am a bit upset at the fact that I changed my correct answer to an incorrect answer based on a hint given. I just finished taking a quiz and the question was:
Sus padres ________ bastante delgados.
Their parents are quite slim.
(HINT: Their parents have always been slim )
I knew the answer was "son", however I changed it to "tienen" based on the hint given. Imagine my dismay when I got the question wrong after knowing the correct answer and changing it because because of the hint.
I understand you got confused with the verb "have" in the hint, but that hint was necessary to call the students attention towards the verb "ser" - The hint musn't be taken as a literal translation, unless it is explicitly saying so - We had to give that hint to justify the use of "ser" as opposed to "estar" - ser referring to an essential/permanent characteristic (this is the case) and estar referring to more subject to change descriptions:
They are thin. (seen as a permanent characteristic)
They are thin. (seen as a result/ subject to change)
I hope this clarified it.
I think that " lazy" could also be a temporary state . Perhaps after a late night! but not as a permanent characteristic. This is why I used " estar" in this case .
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