Why is "Are you the artist?" marked wrong? (as in, that's a nice painting, are you the artist?)
Жил-был художник один...
It's a beautiful song. I wish I could've understand the lyrics.
Because Вы can be either plural or polite singular, shouldn't both 'Are you an artist?' and 'Are you artists?' be accepted?
The second one is "Вы художники?". The noun also has to be plural then.
Ah, of course! Thanks!
And could it be "You are an artist?" For example, to express surprise on hearing the news?
If I said <<художника>> would that be a woman artist?
художница is a woman artist
If вы is plural how is it not artists? And as a result isn't the use of artist not used with вы, but only with ты, except in the case of вы being used respectfully.
Вы is also the polite form of "you" (like vous in French, it can be both).
It marked me wrong for saying "Are you artists." I guess I should've been clearer.
Are you artists? - Вы художники?
Stupid me. That makes a lot more sense. Thanks.
Why is "You are an artist?" not accepted?
A question in English should start with "Are you..? " and not with "You are..?"
No, actually, both are acceptable forms of a question in English, although phrasing it this way is more casual.