Spanish Test Nbr. 3 – Lessons 13 – 19

Spanish Test 3 relates to the 3rd series of lessons


Spanish Test Nbr. 3 includes exercises from all topics covered in lessons 13 – 19 (or Compilation Nbr. 3). This quiz has in total 12 questions that require writing the correct answer. Every answer consists of a short sentence, where you are required to begin with capital-case and finish with a period (.).

This assessment has a total of 60 points (each question earning 5 points or less). Once you have completed the test, and hit the “Show Result” button, after a few seconds you will get the result, with the points you earned, and the correct answer for each question.

Like the previous ones, this is a simple quiz, but not necessarily an easy one; I can assure you! I want you to get an honest perception of how much you have learned, and whether you may need to review the lessons or not. Nevertheless, you can take the test as many times as you will, until you get it right!

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1. Please translate the following sentence into Spanish (use the right punctuation mark at the end of the sentence, and only use upper-case when necessary):

That gentleman has an apple (manzana).

2. In the previous exercise we used an indefinite article for “apple”. Please rewrite that sentence in Spanish using a definite article this time:

3. Please rewrite the following sentence in Spanish:

These boys want those things (cosas).

4. Please translate the following sentence into Spanish:

This woman has five books.

5. Please translate the following sentence into Spanish:

This Summer is hot.

6. Please translate the following sentence into Spanish:

We are in October.

7. Please translate the following question into Spanish:

Right now it is raining.

8. Please rewrite the following sentence in Spanish:

This Spring it is cloudy
The Spanish noun for Spring is feminine.
The Spanish noun for weather (clima) is masculine.

9. Please rewrite the following sentence in Spanish (write down the number with letters; don’t use figures):

Today is Wednesday, 3rd of January.

10. Please rewrite the following sentence in Spanish:

We drink coffee (café) and they eat cake (torta).

11. When going to the market, how would you ask?

How much does this (esto) cost?

12. As a reply to the previous question, translate:

It costs 15 pesos (write the number in letters).


  1. i think i just picked up some words which are used in ecuador, where boys are also called chicos and drink are also called domar. domar un café.

    • Hello Siyu. Thanks for commenting here. These words are used I think, in many Spanish speaking countries. And “tomar” for drinnking (not “domar”) is used all around Latin-America. DOMAR, however, is another word. It means: TO TAME. So, it is “tomar un café”, in Ecuador and everywhere else 😉

  2. YAYY! Third’s a charm. I finally learned how to set my keyboard to spanish setting, and I got a better grade! I did this same test three different types and now I got only two or three wrong.

  3. I took this quiz three times, trying to drill into my head este, esta, ese, esa, etc. etc. Very tricky.

    Also I have trouble determining the difference between ser and estar.

    On the third try, the mistakes I made were careless. noun / article agreement and missing accent mark, but taking these quizzes more than once really helps Spanish to sink in!

  4. In question 8 I also omitted the Nosotros and got it wrong but I think I understand why they should both be there. However in question 9, is it really a mistake to add the coma after the day : “Hoy es miércoles, tres de enero”? And finally, I’m not sure if you mentioned it in the lessons (I probably just missed it), but why is there a second question mark preceding all the questions in Spanish? If you put a question mark only at the end wouldn’t it be clear already? Hihi

    Thanks in advance!


    • Hi Sabrina.

      Congratulations. I can see you did well in the Spanish test Nbr. 3. In Spanish you don’t add a coma in that sentence. Spanish usually uses longer sentences than English. Comas are used to divide phrases within a sentence, in order to make the sense clear. However, there are rules for using comas (which unfortunately very few people know well). But in written language you should not use as many comas as natural pauses in spoken language. But also, in Spanish that phrase hasn’t even got a pause in spoken language 🙂

      As for the question marks:

      In Spanish we use ¿? A question sentence must be written between these two signs. One opens the question, and the other closes it. Here I explain why:

      In English and German grammar, you invert the order of subject and verb when you have a question. Therefore, as soon as you see a verb before the subject, you immediately know that you are reading a question sentence. However, the structure isn’t altered in Spanish. The structure is the same for a question sentence as for an assertive sentence. Look:

      – Quiero comer. (I want to eat)
      – ¿Quiero comer? (Do I want to eat?)

      Therefore, in Spanish we need to open the question mark in order to indicate that it is a question sentence.

      Lately, due to the chat-rooms, quick-emails, the influence from English, Spanish speakers are omitting to open the question mark as they type. Many times they don’t even know where to find it in their English keyboards. But academically, you must open the question mark. You will always see it in books, documents, and well written texts.

  5. On question 8. I need some help. The Ser vs. Estar thing again. Wouldn’t this spring being cloudy, be a transitory or temporary thing? Thus being estar.
    On question 10. I don’t completely understand when to use nosotros, ellos, tu, yo, etc when the verb implies it. When does it become redundant?
    I am really enjoying learning Spanish through your courses. I started out just wanting to be able to communicate a basic level when I go down to Mexico annually. Now I am finding the language to be fascinating. Plus your test questions are tough and they really help me to learn. Thanks Joe

    • Hi Joe. I’m just looking at your Spanish test nbr. 3. As for your concern regarding question Nbr. 8, there are some linguistic nuances that may turn this into a more confusing topic. And I believe I didn’t choose the most appropriate sentence for question 8. So, I will proceed to rephrase the answer a little bit:

      Esta primavera está nublado – I will use nublado (ending in “o”) regardless of Primavera being feminine, because what is “cloudy” is not the Spring, but the weather, which is implicit in the sentence. The weather (el clima) is masculine.

      As you can see, Spanish sentences may explicitly omit subjects that can be implicitly suggested. Therefore, sometimes a sentence can have slight variations, depending on the “implicit” subject. If I say “esta primavera es nublada”, nublada refers to the Sprinng. And I chose to use SER because I am talking of the Spring as something more permanent. As if saying that the whole Spring will be cloudy all around. But I apologize for having chosen this sentence that turns a simple thing into something complicated. So, I will change it.

      10) In Spanish we usually prefer to omit the subject pronoun unless it provides any additional relevant information. In the case of question Nbr. 10 se have 2 phrases in 1 sentece:

      1 – Nosotros bebemos café
      2 – Ellos comen torta

      The sentence becomes much more clear if we specify the subject pronouns NOSOTROS ELLOS. This emphasis in the subject adds weight to the sentence. If we simply said “bebemos café y comen torta” it would be gramaticaly correct. But it would sound so weak. Nosotros bebemos café y ellos comen torta has the strenght of a statement.

      Kind regards,


  6. 34 out of 60…I made stupid mistakes!! If i had submitted the answers straight away, then I would have had an excellent score but I went through them and messed about. For some strange reason I put an á on the end of esta, when translating this. I didn´t do that originally but did it carelessly when i was actually checking my answers before submitting! I also forgot to put estamos, a line I have revised a hundred times 🙁
    It was a bit harsh for marking me down for putting a comma in between the date on question 9 though, but they are the rules I guess! One thing Rodrigo, I don’t know why question 2 was marked wrong? Any idea?
    Thanks for this, but I am soooooo annoyed with myself!!! On another day I would have done much better 🙂

    • Hi David. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You are doing a good job. I just took a look at your last Spanish Test Nbr. 3. Your answer to question Nbr. 2 is perfect. There is no error there; and if the quiz marked it wrong, that was a bad processing of your answer. But you got that one right.

      All the best, David. I’ll be here if you have any questions.


  7. I get a lot of the answer marked as incorrect because I do not use the accents, tildes etc. I am in USA and I do not know how to do the accents on the computer when typing. I can do it if i write! Can you from now on put the correct answers for us Americans who have a regular standard keyboard for USA as part of the correct answers? Just asking!! thanks

    • Hi Germain. As for the Spanish test, I understand it is annoying to have to deal with characters that are not the ones you deal with daily in your own language and keyboard. But this is relatively common when learning many foreign languages. As with German, A and Ä, O and Ö and U and Ü are different characters. Same thing happens with a word that has or omits the Spanish “tilde”; it is considered a typo. That is why I don’t think I should modify the Quizzes to ignore the “tildes”. But these, after all, are for personal reference. You shouldn’t feel bitter if you know that you have to have a “tilde” and you just don’t type it on purpose. There is no repeating a year because of the results of these tests 😀

      • thanks for replying! The problem is not that I don’t put the tilde, I can’t. I tried to make my computer also to be able to type in Spanish but it wouldn’t work for me, so if I had to to write it on paper, I would get it right but on my keyboard I can’t make it work to do Spanish charactrs. So that is my issue. I hope this better explain my situation. Gracias senor….

        • I see, Germain. However, I cannot change the test for one student only. If I change that, it will affect everybody. Thus, making the grammar-lessons about “tildes” senseless.
          Look, I have had a similar issue with some German characters (like eszet), and others. I mentions German, because I also speak German. So, I sometimes just copy-paste the special character that I need to use. I know it’s a waste of time, but it can be a workaround to your concern about getting it right in the Spanish Test. For example, you copy any of these special characters: á é í ó ú and you paste them wherever you need them. As I said, I have done it myself for some special characters (including hash, which is not easy to find in my keyboard, and is quite used in English).

  8. i did terribly!!! i gotta definitely work on: this those that these!

    my latin friend, said he would have understood everything i said, but i want to say it properly

    #3, why is it esas and not esos..?
    it said boys so i am guessing it should be esos… and not esas

    We are in October.
    Nosotros estamos en octubre… isn’t this correct as well?

    The correct answer is:
    Estamos en octubre.

    • I tell the same thing to many students. Even if you make many mistakes, the main thing is that you can communicate your ideas. If you can speak well, even better still!

      Regarding Spanish Test Nbr. 3:

      3) “Esas” and not “esos” because it refers to “cosas” (things), which is a feminine noun.

      6) “Nosotros estamos en octubre” is grammatically perfect. But in Spanish the pronoun is redundant in this case, because the subject is already implicit in the verb. We don’t use “Nosotros estamos en octubre”. This redundancy is used sometimes for emphasis; but sounds awkward in natural talk. However, I will include it as a possible answer in Spanish Test Nbr. 3 and give it 4 points instead of five.

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