Preterit - Salir: I already know when that movie came out, (it) was in 2003

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Fairfax, VA
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Jan 26, 2011
Feb 9, 2018 at 10:48am

"I already know when that movie came out, (it) was in 2003."

In the Fluenz Spanish program, the Spanish translation is, "Yo ya sé cuándo salió esa película, fue en 2003." The verb "Salir" is placed before the subject "esa película". Is this inversion to emphasize that the year (when that movie came out) is the essence? Will this translation be correct also?

"Yo ya sé cuándo esa película salió, fue en 2003."

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Sep 25, 2016
Feb 12, 2018 at 8:03am

In the tutorial of Level 3 - Session 19, Sonia reviews indirect questions. "They can be embedded inside another question or a statement." In Spanish the verb remains after the question word, whereas in English the order is a bit different.

In the sentence you refer to, *cuando is your question word, and the verb *salir must follow directly after it. There is a similar example in the tutorial.

This indirect question:
Cuando salio esa pelicula?

All together:
Yo ya se cuando salio esa pelicula.

Cuando sale el autobus?

All together:
Usted sabe cuando sale el autobus? (This could also be a statement since it is Yes/No)

So you really have three separate phrases put together

Yo ya se - I already know
Cuando salio esa pelicula? - When did that movie come out?
Fue en 2003 - (It) was in 2003.

Keep in mind that "fue en 2003" is a separate phrase to further clarify the statement. It has no impact on the first sentence and could be removed completely.

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