Un beso grande a Annie y dile que nos tienen como locas trabajando .

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I received a reply to an email in spanish that I sent to a friend in Uruguay. She is a school principal there and is passing a message to my wife who is a teacher in the U.S. This is the only part of the message I don't completely understand (They know how bad my spanish is, and take it easy on me I think). I am pretty sure that it means: we have to be crazy to work, but I can't figure out the structure at all. For instance, why tienen, which is 2nd or 3rd person plural'

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updated SEP 28, 2008
posted by The-Steve

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thanks, I figured it out 5 minutes after I posted it. I understood what form of what verb it was, but since she is a latin american, it could have been 2nd or 3rd person. then i realized she was referring to the "them"that are always pushing all of us around, and a light bulb went on over my head. thanks again

updated SEP 28, 2008
posted by The-Steve
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A big kiss to Annie and tell her that they have us working like mad.

Tienen is the 3rd person plural of the verb tener - to have, which is why you use the word "they".

updated SEP 28, 2008
posted by Eddy
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I think I just got it. "They have us working like crazy people" Am I right'

updated SEP 28, 2008
posted by The-Steve