What is the difference between "buying" and "prchasing" ? DL saying purchasing is wrong here.
In addition to mizinamo's answer, "to buy"/"kaufen" explicitly means paying money for it, while "to purchase"/"anschaffen" only means getting it on some way. Quite subtle, but that's why "buying" is a bit more accurate here than "purchasing".
(Nevertheless you should report it)
I feel like "The boys are buying tomatoes" should be correct. I understand it says "die tomaten" but i still think it should count.
No. "tomatoes" can be any tomatoes, whereas "the tomatoes" refers to some specific tomatoes.
As an ESOL teacher I'd debate this for natural speech, very seldom would there be a need to specify THE tomatoes. It would be self evident and understood.
And similarly in German, Die Jungen kaufen Tomaten would be a more frequent sentence than Die Jungen kaufen die Tomaten, because you seldom talk about particular tomatoes.
But since Duo did give you a sentence about specific tomatoes, the translation has to match that.
You're not only supposed to produce idiomatic English, but the result also has to mean more or less the same as the German.
What is the difference between "buy" and "shop".. Can't it be, the boy shops the tomatoes? Pls clarify
Also to shop means you are looking for what you want to buy, but it doesn't mean that you actually paid any money for anything. For example: I went grocery shopping yesterday, but I came home with nothing. Shopping is more that action of looking for something to buy. Or "I am shopping for my wedding dress" means you are looking around at different stores for a wedding dress to buy.
I wrote Der in the beginning, and i'm wondering why it's not accepted. Please clarify this.
That means that they buy tomatoes in general, any old tomatoes.
But the German die Tomaten with definite article means that you are speaking about specific tomatoes that you have been speaking about before or which are obvious from context, so should be translated as "the tomatoes".
The English plural of tomatos has no 'e'. The plural of potatoes has an 'e'. The message tells me that I have a typo when I spell tomatos correctly. It would be useful to correct this for future users.
The English plural of tomatos has no 'e'.
Yes it does. Please get a better dictionary if yours says that "tomatos" is correct.