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Old March 28, 2010, 05:54 AM
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I am looking at the following example sentence:

English: He wears old clothes.
Spanish: Lleva ropas viejas.

At least that's what the workbook says is the correct answer. Is "ropas" supposed to be plural? When does one use "ropa" and when does one use "ropas"?
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Old March 28, 2010, 06:38 AM
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I am looking at the following example sentence:

English: He wears old clothes.
Spanish: Lleva ropas viejas.

At least that's what the workbook says is the correct answer. Is "ropas" supposed to be plural? When does one use "ropa" and when does one use "ropas"?
Wear = lleva (carry) or viste (dress)

Ropas = clothes
Ropa = clothes

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Old March 28, 2010, 07:29 AM
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Wear = lleva (carry) or viste (dress)

Ropas = clothes
Ropa = clothes

So, when does one use "ropa" and when does one use "ropas"?
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So, when does one use "ropa" and when does one use "ropas"?
Anytime you refer in English to "clothes"

Now, speak English to me, and I"ll show you what I mean.
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"Ropa" is the usual and general word, but when you want to put an emphasis on the pieces of clothing the person is wearing, you say "ropas". Still, the plural feels either too literary or archaic for some of us.

"Lleva ropa vieja" would be perfectly understood in all contexts.
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I agree with Angélica. In fact, I would say I never use the plural.
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Thanks, all - I wrote my answer to the exercise in the singular, but the answer key had the plural. It just didn't sound right. This is very helpful.
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I agree with Angélica. In fact, I would say I never use the plural.


In Chile es customary to say:

Esa ropa vieja que traes puestas debieras botarlas a la basura.

Or

Esas ropas viejas que llevas puestas debieran estar en el basurero ya.

Esos trapos viejos que te gusta tanto usar se ven tan mal en ti...
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In Chile es customary to say:

Esa ropa vieja que traes puestas debieras botarlas a la basura.

Or

Esas ropas viejas que llevas puestas debieran estar en el basurero ya.

Esos trapos viejos que te gusta tanto usar se ven tan mal en ti...
Es que el charco es muy grande y algunas cosas tienen que ser distintas a la fuerza. Ahí está la gracia.
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Es que el charco es muy grande y algunas cosas tienen que ser distintas a la fuerza. Ahí está la gracia.
Increiblemente lo que parece natural a unos, no lo es para otros.
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