"The wolf is eating."
I'm having trouble with the "ест" and "едят" could someone give me a brief explanation on when do I use each?
Click on the conjugation and scroll down to present tense lower than the participles to see which Russian pronoun uses each: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D0%B5%D1%81%D1%82%D1%8C#Russian The first is used with singular 3rd person pronouns (he, she, it) and the second is used with the plural 3rd person pronoun (they).
Can anyone explain why I can't say ест волк? I thought order didn't matter in most cases.
Ест волк. Your sentence is possible but it would emphisise "the wolf". You can say so if you answer the question "who is eating"? The wolf, the dog or the bear, may be?
If you answer the question "what is the wolf doing?" The answer would be "Волк ест".
I typed the absolute same words but am getting the "almost correct" response.
The same happened to me. I don't have a Russian keyboard, therefore I first wrote 'volk est' and it was marked incorrect; then I tried 'volk ect' (in case the letter s was a problem) and that too was marked incorrect. However, the second time their suggestion was the exact answer I used the first time. Now I am all confused!
The trouble with using the Latin version of the Russian letters is you have to know that the Russian 'е' actually makes a "ye" sound. It is better to Learn the Cyrillic letters as they are often different from the Latin letters enough that you will often be guessing what to put when using the Latin letters. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8256103 You don't need a physical Russian keyboard in order to type in Russian. Windows offers software that allows you to install "keyboards". Go to Control panel, in Windows 7 click on Region and Languages, then Keyboard and languages, Change Keyboards (don't worry you will keep the one you are used to), Add, then click on the Russian (Russia) - Russian, You can assign a Control key + number to each keyboard you use and you can switch easily between them.