I recently had a test where I was asked to translate the sentence: "The best thing about Spanish is that you can use it in many places". I wrote, "La mejor cosa sobre espanñol es que puedes usarlo en muchos lugares". My teacher said "la" should be "lo" but I know a native speaker who was pretty sure I was right, althogh she wasn't 100% sure. I don't want to bring this issue up again with the teacher, but could someone tell me who was right?
"La mejor cosa sobre espanñol es que puedes usarlo en muchos lugares".
I would translate "The best thing" as "Lo mejor" (sobre el español es que puedes usarlo en muchos lugares).
But one can also say " La mejor cosa sobre el español es que puedes usarlo (or lo puedes usar) en muchos lugares." (It sounds right to me, too)
Hi, Psyche. Welcome to the forum.
I bet your Spanish teacher was asking you to say "lo mejor" for "the best thing".
I think the sentence is written too much like an English sentence, and that's part of what's causing the problem.
La mejor cosa sobre español es que puedes usarlo en muchos lugares.
Lo mejor de español es que se puede usar en muchos lugares.
When you say " 'la' should be 'lo'", are you talking about the "la" at the beginning of the sentence, or did you mean for "usarlo" to say "usarla"?
La mejor cosa, because "cosa" is feminine
usarlo, because it is a general thing that you cannot name feminine or masculine.
Ok, i'm a native spanish speaker too and to me the only correct way to say it is: lo mejor del español es que puedes usarlo en muchos lugares
From our dictionary:
- el/la mejor -> the best
- el mejor vino de todos/del mundo -> the best wine of all/in the world
- lo mejor fue que -> the best thing was that
La mejor cosa es que... mejor is an adjective
Lo mejor es que.... mejor is a noun.
If I am not mistaken, "La" is being used here for the word "cosa" and "mejor" is describing the word "cosa". Hope this helps and welcome to the forum!!
La mejor cosa is grammatically correct, but certainly not idiomatic, so it cannot be considered a good translation. the only possible here is lo mejor.
And never forget: teachers are always right (teacher talking! )
Your Spanish teacher is right IF she wanted you to say "lo mejor," meaning "that (or the thing) which is best." The natural translation in English would be "the best thing."
However, if one chooses to use the word "cosa," as you did, you must use the article that matches it in the number and gender: la.
"Lo mejor" is is probably the better, more natural translation.