Isn't the word order a bit funny? "Of course he will eat his rice" should be fine.
Well, it is possible that the owl has some difficulty with the German present tense, which can very well talk about future things.
"Morgen gehen wir los. Gleich nach Sonnenaufgang brechen wir auf. Um Mittag sind wir am Hafen, und dann suchen wir uns ein Schiff nach Italien! "
(All future events. All in present tense. All perfect good German.)
There is no explicit way to tell the difference between "ist" and "isst", but usually it's very obvious whether you're talking about someone eating something or being something.
And if it's ambiguous, like someone is dressing up as food for a play, you would just use different wording to be clear.
It depends how much you're willing to paraphrase. "Natürlich" doesn't quite connote that something is "obvious". But unless you have to stick strictly to the source (or avoid any possible misunderstanding of sarcasm with the use of "obviously") I would say it's close enough to be acceptable.
No, I'm not confusing that! Let me show what I wanted to say in a better way:
The Verb is "essen" (to eat): Er isst seinen Reis.
The verb is "sein" (to be): Er ist sein Reis.
You see that the verb "sein" doesn't require an accusative case. But in the answer that Duo gave to us, the verb "sein" requires an accusative case. I think there is a mistake on it, but I'm not sure. Can someone help, please?
I see. So you saw a sentence that said "Er ist seinen Reis!" and didn't like it because it put seinen in the accusatory instead of nominative. I guess I was a little confused because the sentence I see says "Er isst natürlich seinen Reis." At first glance I assumed you were under the impression that there were 2 verbs in use. My mistake!
You've learned how to say "Naturally, blah blah blah". You've learned how to say "He eats blah blah blah". And you've learned how to say "blah blah blah his rice".
You shouldn't be expecting to learn conversational German by rote memorization of sentences. What you should expect to learn are the pieces of the sentence and the deeper understanding that allow you to compose new sentences you've never heard before.
Thanks Jack I'm doing just that. I do not have anyone to speak with, however I have to travel to Germany next year and I want to be prepared with things I know I will need to say. I am using whatever I can. I'm 72 and I've been doing Duolingo straight for 1043 days. It's better when a person responds kindly to me than telling me what I shouldn't do, but what I can do that will help me. It's true that I will not use this phrase He eats his rice naturally because I never say things like that....I'm studying things that I know I will say to people that I will come in contact within my field. I practice each and every day. Thank you for your response the second time. Sounded so much more friendly.