I am taking a Spanish class on Coursera. I can't get the following question right, any idea why? I feel my answer is a legit sentence.

Given the pattern:

Ellos / acabar de / llegar / casa

I am writing:

Ellos acaban de llegar a la casa.

However, it says it is not correct: enter image description here

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    ...llegar a casa?
    – Traveller
    Mar 24 '19 at 17:38

In fact, your answer could be valid provided that the sentence does not refer to their home, but to a house.


Ellos acaban de llegar a la casa [que tienen alquilada].

You can omit the part between brackets if you already know by context that the sentence refers to a rent house. But if the sentence refers to their home, the article is omitted:

Ellos acaban de llegar a casa.

  • I don't think it matters if the house is rented, rather if it is "home." "They just arrived home," vs "They just arrived at the house."
    – aris
    Mar 25 '19 at 16:20

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