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Weekend Workout - My new couch (A1)

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Weekend Workout - My new couch (A1)

Hello,

In this workout there is a sentence - 'I have a new couch' the spanish translation in the answer and the complete text at the end it 'tengo sofá nuevo',  should it be 'tengo un sofá nuevo'?  I did notice that the lessons recommended for this section did include the lesson for indefinite articles.
Thanks, but now my wife wants a new sofa :-(

Asked 1 week ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Paul

Both with and without "un" are correct. Kwizbot accepts both as model answers.

The reason why we drop it here is because sometimes this kind of sentence becomes a kind of formula/expression. If you are not very specific about the actual thing (in this case a new sofa) we tend to drop it. This also happens when it is information that sounds as "news" for the listener:

Tengo sofá nuevo. (I have a new sofa)

Tengo trabajo. (I have a job)

¡Tengo noticias! (I have news)

This new sentence would use the article because we are being more specific about the object:

Tengo un sofá nuevo que se convierte en cama.

I have a new sofa that turns into a bed.

Here it'd sound odd if we omit it.

Saludos

Inma

Weekend Workout - My new couch (A1)

Hello,

In this workout there is a sentence - 'I have a new couch' the spanish translation in the answer and the complete text at the end it 'tengo sofá nuevo',  should it be 'tengo un sofá nuevo'?  I did notice that the lessons recommended for this section did include the lesson for indefinite articles.
Thanks, but now my wife wants a new sofa :-(

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