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Can someone help me, please?

I'm confused at times when using multiple verbs. For instance, do I say, "Quieres ir caminando'" - "Do you want to go walking'"

Also, one more thing -

Where do I put ella in this sentence: "Que esta haciendo ella'" - "What is she doing'"

Thanks!

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updated ABR 28, 2008
posted by clresu

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I would say "Sabes que significa en Español, el nombre Ama". Basically the same as you without using the infinitive.

updated ABR 28, 2008
posted by Eddy
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Looks right to me:

¿Sabes qué "ama" significa en español?

You would conjugate significar, as you have done.

BTW, 'ama' is the third person singular, present tense of amar (he/she loves). "Ama" also is the feminine form of "amo" which means master or boss, as in "Ella es la ama de la cosina." "She is in charge of the kitchen."

updated ABR 28, 2008
posted by CalvoViejo
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Rebeca, or anyone else,

Puede ayudarme (') con dos verbos?

Si digo, "Sabes que 'ama' significa en espanol'" - do I conjugate significar? Or do I leave it in infinitive form?

(My wife's name is Amanda, but we call her "Ama" instead of Mama with our 7 month old boy)

Thanks

updated ABR 27, 2008
posted by clresu
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I find that by staying simple I might say less but I have more chance of it being correct.

updated ABR 27, 2008
posted by Eddy
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Thanks Eddy . . . I tend to forget simpler ways of saying things sometimes. And Scarlet, yes, it helps.

updated ABR 27, 2008
posted by clresu
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Read this:
Te gusta ir a pasear solo? Do you like to go out alone?
Me encantaria verte intentandolo. I would like to see you trying it.
Estaba tratando de explicarle como cocinar al estilo chino. I was trying to explain him how to cook at chinesse style.

I think is like in english just with the diference that we do not write the pronuoun every time, for example:
verte ( ver + te ) "te" is " a ti " ( to you).
intentandolo ( intentando + lo ) "lo" is "that" or "it".
explicarle ( explicar + le ) "le" is "a el" o " a ella".

I hope this help you.
Rebeca

updated ABR 27, 2008
posted by scarlet
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You could also say Que hace ella'

updated ABR 27, 2008
posted by Eddy
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Thanks, Calvoviejo.

updated ABR 27, 2008
posted by clresu
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Quieres ir caminando? means Do you want to go by means of walking? It's a perfectly legitimate construction, but probably doesn't say what you want to say.

Quieres ir a caminar? means Do you want to go for a walk? Also a legitimate construction. I think this is what you want to say.

(I checked with a linguist to make sure of this)

Qué está haciendo ella? is probably the best way to say this. Also legitimate would be: Y ella, qué está haciendo? but this is a much weaker sentence.

Good luck

!Buena suerte!

updated ABR 27, 2008
posted by CalvoViejo
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Thanks for the help!

updated ABR 26, 2008
posted by clresu
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I'm not very good and using terms related to grammar but here is my shot:

Quieres ir a caminar

When using verbs conjugated with -ando, -endo (-ing in English) there should always be a form of "estar", they go together. If you want to say "she is walking" that translates as "esta caminando" and it indicates the person is doing it as we speak. This form can't be used like you are using it here, because you are asking someone to tell you if they want to go do something that they are already doing. So that doesn't make any sense.
Therefore you use the present tense of the complete verb instead. "Quieres ir a caminar'" - Would you like to go and walk'

updated ABR 24, 2008
posted by chicasabrosa
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I think your right about "Quieres ir caminando"

Also, "Que esta haciendo ella" is perfectly fine..sure about that one..

Ive also heard "Y ella, que esta haciendo"?

and "Y ella, esta haciendo que"'

updated ABR 24, 2008
posted by -P---R----