I want to say :

"Also, I am considering whether I should get a new or used one."

I figure I can say :

"También, estoy considerando si debería obtener uno nuevo o vieja."

Is this correct? I use this app and it is telling me that I have to use imperfect subjunctive.

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    Just a minor question: why did you replace "used" for "viejo"? I guess it depends on the context, but just because something is used, it doesn't mean it's old. You can also say "uno nuevo o (uno) usado" or even "uno nuevo o (uno) de segunda mano."
    – Yay
    Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 18:02
  • I was thinking old. Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 19:19
  • @munchschair According to Yay's comment, if you intend to mean old, then viejo can be used but if you mean usado the word you need is used.
    – Schwale
    Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 19:23
  • see should in spanish the last use matches yours. Commented Feb 29, 2016 at 12:58
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    @Ustanak — I think you misread the site. They aren't saying that deber imparts the meaning of "should", but that deberia specifically does. What they are saying is in agreement with your own answer. I just provided a source. Commented Feb 29, 2016 at 16:24

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Looks good, but one minor point: be always careful with gender agreement.

  • ... obtener uno nuevo o viejo or ... obtener una nueva o vieja. (Context will decide whether you use the masculine or feminine gender.)

However, debería is not often used as a conditional, it's actually an advice or the right thing we believe we can do.

  • @Yay Al principio no me gustó tu edición pero después de leerla un par de veces se ve más estandarizado a lo que se dice usualmente cuando se introduce un consenso.
    – Schwale
    Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 18:02
  • En efecto, yo siempre he visto "concordancia de género/número" traducido como "gender/number agreement". De todas formas, ya sabes que si no estás de acuerdo siempre puedes deshacer un edit :)
    – Yay
    Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 18:06
  • Haha, no te preocupes, está bien, la idea es dejarlo para que los nativos entiendan mejor.
    – Schwale
    Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 18:07
  • Did I use deber correctly here? Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 19:21
  • @munchschair Yes, should = debería.
    – Schwale
    Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 19:23

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