"He has a book and a newspaper."
Translation:Tá leabhar agus nuachtán aige.
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I have the same experience as Kelly7299241. I can’t see what I wrote so that I can see what I got wrong. As soon as I press submit, my answer turns a light grey color which is hard to read and is usually partly or completly covered by the correct/incorrect pop-up window. The same thing happens in all my other courses. I’m using the browser version on an iPhone, not the app.
This is what a wrong answer looks like in the browser on my phone:
I've never seen anything like what you're describing, so I have no suggestion for how you should deal with it. And realistically, the Sentence Discussion for "He has a book and a newspaper" isn't really the best place to look for advice like this - you'd be better off posting in the Troubleshooting forum.
Have you ever encountered "páipéar nuachtáin" in any of your textbooks? How often do your teachers mention the "páipéar nuachtáin"?
For reference, the Corpus of Contemporary Irish contains 8 mentions of "páipéar nuachtáin" and 2 mentions of "páipéir nuachtáin", versus 3,742 mentions of nuachtán and 2,856 mentions of nuachtáin. páipéar nuachta (47) and páipéir nuachta (56) fare slightly better than the clearly idiosyncratic "páipéar nuachtáin".
You should read the Tips & Notes associated with each lesson on the website - click the light-bulb icon in the popup when you select a skill. The sentence structure and the way to say "have" in Irish are covered in the Notes of the first 3 skills in the course.
You can access these Tips & Notes in the browser on a mobile device too, even if you are using one of the various Duolingo apps.
A = a form of the verb bí like 'tá' or bhí'
B = the thing that is being owned/had
C = the preposition ag + the owner
Tá úll ag mo chara, tá ceist ag an dalta, bhí fadhb ag an bhuachaill, . . .
A small complication is that if the owner is expressed by a pronoun, you must combine it with 'ag':
ag+mé = agam, ag+tú=agat, ag+é=aige, ag+í=aici, ag+muid=againn, ag+sibh=agaibh, ag+iad=acu.
You use tá at the beginning of the sentence when tá is the appropriate verb for that sentence - the basic structure of an Irish sentence is Verb-Subject-Object.
Irish doesn't have a verb that means "have", it uses the tá ... ag to express the same idea - tá X ag Y - "Y has X". Therefore tá is the appropriate verb for this exercise, and it goes at the beginning of the sentence.