"Is it bad, or dangerous?"
Translation:Est-ce mal, ou dangereux ?
"mal" il also a noun and an adjective. As an adjective, it means "wrong, evil". "Mauvais" means "bad" without necessarily a moral judgement. It might be bad morally, or not (such as being a poor grade, which doesn't make you an evil person).
"Mauvais" would be the only option if talking about food or smell, probably as an extension of that rule (food and smell are not inherently evil, even when they are unpleasant).
With a context that pre-establishes the subject as feminine, it would work. As a stand alone sentence, not really (who is "elle"?). So it's a bit of a grey area whether Duolingo should accept it, I guess. Your sentence isn't wrong if the sentences before it establish the context for it.
Here is a clarification article on mal vs mauvais: https://www.thoughtco.com/mauvais-vs-mal-1368877 Il est vs c'est: https://www.thoughtco.com/french-expressions-cest-vs-il-est-4083779
I think I am a pretty reasonable person and I did not for one second think it was the correct spelling. For such a common phrase the T was so much an eyesore that I could not make the mistake of missing such a glaring error. Besides, in what world are mistakes allowed to be marked correct?
Hi: There is no 'ce' in the word options to select. I can't skip it or get another question to pop up. There is actually no way out as I can neither skip or plug in right answer given the choices. Please fix as I do not know how to proceed. Please advise. I have come this far and have never encounter this problem. Quite annoying.