https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete

Incorrect answer accepted as correct in Oggetti Astratti 2

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In a question where we have to select the correct translations, the correct English answer was, in my opinion, incorrect.

Q: La polizia vuole sapere il significato dei simboli. A: The police wants to know the significance of the symbols.

I believe that this should be "the police want to know ....". Using 'wants' in this context sounds so wrong to my ears as a native English speaker with a C2 level of fluency.

3 anni fa

7 commenti


https://www.duolingo.com/matfran2001
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You're right. You must report it (there are still a lot of errors in the majority of the courses, we have to report any error we may catch to make them improve the courses).

3 anni fa

https://www.duolingo.com/pierluigiboschin

In italiano polizia e' un nome collettivo (che contiene piu' cose) ma al singolare "la polizia vuole...", ma in inglese e' considerato plurale quindi "the police want..." Ciao

3 anni fa

https://www.duolingo.com/Rompip
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Sono d'accordo. There are other similar examples in various sections of the tree. It all depends on whether you are referring to the singular collective noun or the plural members in it.

3 anni fa

https://www.duolingo.com/Moomingirl
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You are correct. I hope you reported it as incorrect.

On a similar note, I've been involved in discussions with Americans over the correctness of "The family want...." v "The family wants....". Depending on where you are, you can make an argument for either being correct.

However, as you say, in this case I believe it can only be "The police want...". If they want to use a singular option in the course then it would have to be "The police officer wants..." But that would be "Il poliziotto vuole..."

3 anni fa

https://www.duolingo.com/EdoardoStella

Correct

3 anni fa

https://www.duolingo.com/giorgioQuenn

WoW! Your note is valuable......A lot!

3 anni fa

https://www.duolingo.com/giorgioQuenn

Like in another phrase, in my humble opinion: The people wants. Incorrect! The people want: Correct!

The person...wants. The people...want.

3 anni fa
Impara Inglese in soli 5 minuti al giorno. Gratis.