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sportyguy209
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May 2, 2018 at 10:10am

In lesson 12 "Match the words" there are two examples that are a bit confusing to me.

"¿Cuál es su nombre?" and "¿Cuál es su oficina?" The correct answer provided "What's her name" and the second correct answer provided is "Which one is his office." Shouldn't the correct answers be: "What's his/her name" and "Which one is his/her office" since su can be used for either one?

zac.hilliker
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May 3, 2018 at 4:06am

In the matching sections, they always use a specific gendered pronoun in the answer instead of "you/his/her." You are correct, but the answer/choice given will always be gendered, formal, or plural. I look at the left side, think of the answer in my head, then look for the answer on the right. I always end up thinking "his/her/your/their" and looking for one of those pronouns, since "su" is used for his, her, your (formal), and their.

sportyguy209
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May 3, 2018 at 8:59am

What I have been doing is trying to translate the left side text and then looking for it on the right. So, in this case, since there is no specificity, I default to the masculine choice. In teaching, I think it's important to be as accurate, clear, and consistent as possible, so I would suggest that this be addressed either with specificity on the left or options on the right. :-)

zac.hilliker
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May 4, 2018 at 4:05am

I agree. It's a bit annoying.

Sonia Gil
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May 11, 2018 at 5:50pm

Hola!!! You are correct the answer could be his/her.. The idea of just using His or Her in matching is that when you are confronted with scenarios and you must speak, chances are your brain will think the way you do so in English (ex. What is her name?)--- so we are slowly "training" users to make those links...

ojosdeverdes
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May 13, 2018 at 9:25pm

Sonia, why would we naturally think "What is her name" in English any more often than we would naturally think, "What is his name" in English? Both genders should be accepted.

ojosdeverdes
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belleplaine, mn
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May 14, 2018 at 6:21pm

@sportyguy209, that's a rally good idea. Have to try that. Thanks.

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