Is there a difference between "I don't" and "I do not" in Spanish? How do I deal with translating contractions?
If I say, "I don't have a best friend, I have five" and want to translate it to spanish, would the translation be different if I type in "I do not have a best friend, I have five"?
Hi Legam, welcome to the forum.
To make a sentence negative in Spanish we usually just add the word "no."
"Tengo muchas amigas" = I have lots of friends.
"No tengo muchas amigas" = I don't (do not) have many friends.
"Me gustan las manzanas" = I like apples
"No me gustan las manzanas" = I do not (don't) like apples.
As for contractions in English, the contraction and the whole words mean the same thing and are translated to Spanish by adding the "no" to the sentence.
Can't = cannot
Won't = will not
Don't = do not
The translation would be the same. There aren't verb contractions in Spanish like in English. Welcome to the forum.
Try it and see!
Welcome to the forum and good luck with your learning.