"There are flies there."
Based on the DuoLingo course and the comments I've seen from native speakers, your statement is not entirly correct. According to one Russian, "есть" is required in some phrases, prohibited in some and optional in others. And DuoLingo specifically taught us that "здесб есть яблоко" is the Russian translation of "there is an apple here". My question is, why does Duo require "есть" with "here" but prohibit it with "there"?
есть corresponds to "There is/There are". есть мухи там or what he wrote should be fine. Report it.
"Есть мухи там" sounds a bit like master Yoda's style :) "Там есть мухи" sounds more naturally :)
But in Russian, order of words often doesn't matter as long as you have the endings correct
Actually.... that isn't true. I am a native speaker and you cannot just put them in random spots. There are actually special rules for this.
To me it seems as though там мухи does not encompass the second "there". This sentence clearly specified more than just the existence of flies, but rather location as well, does it not?
I'm not very advanced in Russian, but my understanding is that the first "there" in "there is," which is like the Spanish "hay" does not need to be used in in Russian in the present tense (In fact, kpferdeort, below, says it ISN'T used, not just that it doesn't have to be used), and that the second "there" is clearly given by "tam."
Why can't the answer be "Мухи там" if Russian doesn't have strict word order?
In android version, I think it should actually give the hyphen option, for, as far as I understand, the phrase would be wrongly hand-written in without it (in my tab it doesnt let me write in every question, most is a "select the right words and word order from a list" kind of answer
I'm just a learner, but I suppose you don't use a hyphen, or an em-dash, to imply existence
Здесь is here. Там is there. This sentence says there, not here, so you use там.
The grammar works differently, if you say "Here are flies here" I guess that won't make sense. So that's why you say "There are flies there"
For two reasons: 1) в там doesn't exist in Russian 2) мухи instead of мухы
You'll be saying "The fly is there" Duolingo wants the wording to be different
Mistake: two words of "there". In the begging of the sentence and in the end.
It's not a mistake, that's a correct sentence in English. "There are" means "exists" and the second there indicates place (where)