This is a handy phrase..
Can anyone tell me why "The problem is that we haven't much money" is incorrect?
Is it still graded as incorrect (5 February 2014)? It is correct British English but Duo may be mostly U.S. oriented. American English uses the auxiliary "do" to form questions and negatives with "have" as if it were a regular verb.
Thanks, guess it seems correct to me although I am in the US because I've read lots of British literature and like to watch British drama.
Still graded as incorrect 25/03/14 even though "do not have" and " have not got" are the same.
I guess most people would say "haven't got" instead of "haven't".
It might be correct in speaking English, but with English grammar, it's incorrect. When you say "haven't", it should be followed with Past Participle, and the senten is called Present Perfect.
Story of my life these past few months.
Why is it el problema and not la problema?
Most of the "ma" masculine nouns come from Greek and, yeah, it's a matter of memorizing them (el tema, el idioma)
Great tip, MattBurnside.
Because it just is. Many spanish nouns ending in "ma" are masculine, it is a matter of learning them
Now I have a way for bargaining
Story of my life
Is there a reason that "The problem is that we don't have very much money" would be incorrect? I know "mucho" is the only word in the sentence, but contextually wouldn't that translation work?
now i can finally talk to my landlord
What implies that is is we? I put I, and it was incorrect
tengo would be used for I, tenemos is for we
Why is this not in the subjunctive?
Because it doesn't need to be.
I will need this phrase a lot when I start college.
ah ... the age old problem since antiquity ...
Can't I use ''what'' instead of ''that''?
[The problem is what we do not have much money] Is that what you mean? No, that's not good English.
I wrote hat instead of that, but c'mon Duolingo, you know I meant that...lol