Translation:The man and the woman eat outside the restaurant.
When what you put isn't among the accepted answers, the machine tries to match your input to what it thinks is the closest one. However it often fails miserably at that, like in this case.
So for instance if you just misspell the word 'restaurant', you may get shown a version of the sentence that has 'lady' instead of 'woman', which makes it pretty much impossible to understand what the real error was. It kind of sucks, but that's how it works. :(
Silly question: I was asked to translate this question from Swedish to English, and without thinking, I put "the man and woman" instead of "the man and the woman". I know I should have put "the" before "woman", but I still don't see a difference that changes the meaning of the sentence. Why is "the man and woman" still wrong?
It should be accepted and I've added it now. We want you to try to keep translations as close to the original as possible, but in cases like this, it's perfectly natural to skip the second the in English, but there's no way to do the same thing in Swedish since it's part of the word. So it should definitely be accepted.
However we haven't had time to add this version everywhere yet in similar cases. If you find it missing for other sentences, just report it via the Report a problem button. It's just that everything has to be added manually and there are lots and lots of sentences in the course so it takes a little bit of time.
As a native Swede I would use this phrase to refer to al fresco dining, yes, but only if you're eating in a sort of outdoor area attached to the restaurant you got the food from, not if you're just eating outside in general, even if you happen to be near a restaurant at the moment.
This has happened to me a handful of times, now: I keep writing the correct answer on "type what you hear" questions but the programme gets "stuck" and then I am told I answered incorrectly (even though my correct answer is still showing). I am on a brand new computer of a fast internet connection so I know it's not me. there is no way to report this issue in the options I am given.