yes, you're right when you say the italians do not pronounce the "h". Very funny, when they try to talk about their "Hobby". But grammatically and written should be right both: "Cos'hai in tasca" and "Cosa hai in tasca"! third possibility would be "Che cosa hai in tasca"! my opinion... give my lingot back ;-)!
Although I think it is grammatically correct, it sounds off. I don't know how to explain it, but I would use "nella tasca" only if I specify what kind of tasca. Example "Cos'hai nella tasca dei pantaloni?" but if it is obvious which tasca I am talking about, then I'd just say "Cos'hai in tasca". Source: Italian native speaker.
Maybe since it's "in tasca" instead of "nella tasca", a more literal translation is "What do you have in pocket?", with no article, kind of like "in hand" (i.e. "With his sword in hand...."). Thus, maybe "nella tasca" means "in the pocket", and "in tasca" is a phrase meaning "in [the subject's (tua, sua, mia)] pocket".
I can relate to your explanation giuliap, it's common to see a friend approach with a shopping bag/rug sack and ask 'what's in the bag', as part of every day usage it's a given that we're talking about the bag the person possesses. If we meant otherwise we would specify, 'that bag', 'the girl's bag', 'his bag' etc...
"Never seen this before! How can duolingo do this to me?"
This is free, crowd-sourced language learning software. There is no test. There is no grade. You get out of it what you put into it.
Stop complaining that it's too difficult or out of order. If you get one wrong, it tells you exactly why and how you should say it next time. Please use this as a learning experience and move on. It is far more beneficial for the website to point out mistakes now, than it is for them to accept incorrect answers in the interest of preserving users' self-esteem.
I beg to differ. For me, "Cos'hai" came up in this listening comprehension exercise before it was introduced in the written form. This has nothing to do with self-esteem. Getting it wrong did not feel like failing because I did not have a real chance in the first place. It was just frustrating. This frustration could have been avoided easily by changing the order of the questions. Same learning experience with less frustration, how can you not see this as an improvement?
Also dicouraging people from complaining counteracts Duolingo's core principle of crowd-sourcing. Arguably, whining in the forum is not the right way to express constructive criticism and, more importantly, to effect change. But seeing other people's complaints here promted me to write to Duolingo and ask them to consider changing the order of questions. Maybe an already good course will get even better. No harm done.
Fair points, but it appears the order of the questions and their format (listening vs. reading) is somewhat random. I'd assume this implementation is intentional, which means that duolingo is trying to stimulate learning by mixing the different language comprehension skills (reading / writing / listening / speaking) and the vocabulary in an unpredictable order. I find this much more effective than a rigid approach which would in time become very predictable. If the only time you've ever heard "cos'hai" is immediately after a reading exercise involving "cos'hai," how likely are you to pick it up in conversation, where it most certainly will not be preceded by a description of its meaning? So yes, I think reshaping the course to become more predictable, less random, and less frustrating would be harmful in the long run.
I can't think of a situation where I would say "what do you have inside the pocket". I would more likely say "What do you have in your pocket?" or "What's in your pocket"? Source: Native American English speaker.
In this particular case, in the Italian sentence "your" is inferred and a sentence containing the Italian possessive adjective "your" while correct is considered "off" or awkward by those who know better than me. I'm glad to know that.
There is no 'your' in the Italian. So it translates as 'What do you have in pocket?' which does not make sense. But it makes sense to say "What do you have in my pocket?" and "What do you have in his pocket?" ("What does he have in my pocket? He's got his hand in my pocket")