I believe it is because in german "do/don't" don't exist, so if you say "nicht die Suppe" it's like saying in english "She eats not the soup (, but the bread)" and one needs the part between parentheses for it to really make sense, otherwise, one writes "die Suppe nicht" as to only negate the action, not the noun.
The woman is not eating lunch was translated by Duo as "Die Frau isst nicht Mittagessen" whereas "The girl is not eating the soup is translated as "Das Mädchen isst die Suppe nicht." Why not "Das Mädchen isst nicht die Suppe"? or what's wrong with "Die Frau isst Mittagessen nicht"
I've read through this entire thread and I still do not understand why 'nicht' is put at the end of this sentence instead of after 'isst'. Even the Duolingo explanation for this lesson said that 'nicht' comes after a conjugated verb. Why why why does it come at the end of the sentence? Someone please explain - this is the one thing that seems to be changing with each example and I have been given NO explanation for it.
I answered: "The girl will not eat the soup." and it was marked wrong. I would like a native's input on this. Is the subtle difference enough that my translation is really wrong? Or has duolingo just not thought of all the possibilities? If my translation is wrong, I would like to know how to say "will not eat" as opposed to "does not eat" the soup in German.
Thank you kyky. :) You made me think of something I hadn't even considered. I wasn't thinking future vs present tense. I was thinking of observing a person's actual actions vs expressing a person's will or desire. Saying the girl "does not eat the soup" could just be a neutral observation - you're at a party and you notice the girl isn't eating any soup. On the other hand, "the girl will not eat the soup"- (you're right, could be future tense) -I was thinking of the phrasing in the sense of "she refuses to eat the soup".
There's no place for subtle differences at this point. Duolingo tries to teach you the language by forcing you to translate everything literally, so that you're aware of such differences and also because this way it is much easier to program to site of course. So just follow course :)