the verb tenir has loads of meanings. it can also mean to keep which duolingo doesnt seem to think. tenir a - to value/care for. tenir de - take after or resemble. tenir ce que - anxious/eager. se tenir - to hold oneself, behave, hold position.
When I hover over the word "tiens" it says "take" or "hey there." Why was my answer "What do I take" wrong?
You're right, seems that the suggestions are misleading... the 2nd was "take THIS" which --I think-- doesn't fit here.
I used "hold" (the third one) and it worked it seems
the suggested answer of "what do I am holding?" is just rubbish as well. I tried "what is it I am holding?" - wrong! why?
I think it should be "Qu'est-ce que je tiens?" -> Que (what) est (is) ce (it) que (that) je (I) tiens (am holding)? = "What is it that I am holding?"
Duo accepted that for me.
How what you know if it was qui est or que est? I thought it was asking who am I holding?
Ooo, I thought I knew and started writing out an answer, then I did research and found out I was over simplifying it. Here is what I learned: http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=286335
In the phrase "qu'est ce que" the "qu'est" is a "que est." Other phrases will be "qui est," but that phrase does not become a compound word.
Specifically, what "que" and "qui" mean depends on where they are in the opening of the question: " _ _ est-ce _ _ ...?"
When "qui" is in the first blank spot at the front of the question, it refers to a person. When "que" is at the front of the question, it refers to a thing.
When "qui" is in the second blank spot, it is the subject of the answer, whether or not the subject is a person or a thing. When "que" is in the second blank spot, it refers to the object of the answer, whether or not the object is a person or a thing.
Now I need to go practice some questions. Qui est-ce qui veut jouer "Questions" avec moi?
Why would I ask someone what I am holding? I hate when this sentence shows up because my brain always wants to say "what are you holding?" because that is something I would actually ask.
So how does one ask "What do I hold?" As in "what should I hold?"