1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: German
  4. >
  5. "Das ist die Toilette?"

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LiveWithMiracle

"Das ist die Toilette?"

January 8, 2013

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LiveWithMiracle

the translation suggests " this is a toilet? " is correct but when i tried "is this the bathroom?", it was wrong...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GregTrotter

Try "this is the bathroom?" instead of "is this..." Note the word order of the sentence. Das ist = this is, where as Ist das = is this I think it's just Duolingo being a bit pedantic.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gcoid

I don't think so in English if you were asking someone where the toilet was you would say "is that" not "that is" so DL won't allow it because it's not something we'd actually say

Read that wrong turns out DL is being pedantic and won't accept a more grammatically correct answer


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GregTrotter

Yep. We're taught that we start off a question with "is that..." but in conversation, you will hear people say "that is..."and end with an upwards inflection so you know they meant it as a question. You can even hear the inflection on this example, so you know it's a question, not a statement.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Germandy

There is something right and wrong to what you are saying - In general, when asking a question, e.g. to find the toilet, you would ask "Is that the toilet?" - "Ist das die Toilette?"
But when in a different situation, you may use the other question. For example, when somebody tells you "This is the toilet!" and it's in a place where you wouldn't have expected it to be, or you are totally in disbelief because it does not look like toilet to you, you would reply with the question "This is the toilet?" - "Das ist die Toilette?"
So you can't interchange them as you please, same as in English.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moke93

No I disagree. I think if you say "This is the toilet?" in English, it can be a question to make sure of something also. If it's just an unmarked door and you asked - "this is the toilet?", that would be perfectly acceptable.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

It doesn't accept "Is that the bathroom?" either.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonathanCe

is it ok if i translate "Toilette" as restroom??


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slytherclaw

I think Duolingo is going to take a while to accept all the various English words for bathroom/restroom/washroom/etc. It said restroom was wrong. It's just that we have so many words for it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rayhedger

Bathroom or Restroom are correct translations of Toilet in this case.

Learn German in just 5 minutes a day. For free.