"Are Andrei o portocală?"

Translation:Has Andrei an orange?

December 20, 2016

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"Has Andrei got an orange?" and "Does Andrei have an orange?" are two ways of writing the same thing. Why was my answer marked wrong when most other exercises accept either way of writing it? Duolingo is supposed to be correcting my Romanian, not trying to find fault with my native English!


Why cant it be translated to ''Andrei has an orange?''


In "proper" English you don't ask questions with just your inflection. It's like how the French don't use ne in negation even though duolingo would never let you get away with it. Je sais pas


This sounds to me in English like Don Quixote sounds in Spanish. Outdated.


I would definitely ask, "does Andre have/got an orange?"


"Does Andrei have an orange?" is fine. "Has Andrei got an orange?" is also fine, and would be the preferred way of saying it in the UK, especially informally. "Does Andrei got an orange?" is not grammatically correct.


This is the first time I've seen a Romanian question open with a verb. I've been wondering why they were all statements with question marks until now. This is the more natural form in most European languages. The declarative form plus question mark is usually reserved in English to express doubt, surprise, or a need to confirm what was just said.


I agree Marty I have only seen this two times , but I think it works better.


This English structure is archaic. "Does he have an orange?" is most natural. "He has an orange?" indicates surprise or need for clarification. Apparently Romanian forms questions by simply adding a question mark to a declarative sentence.


"Does he have an orange?" might be most natural for you, but as a Brit I would say "Has he got an orange?" is far more natural - both are correct though. I agree with the "He has an orange?" part; the only time I can think you would use it is to express surprise.


Nobody says 'Has he an orange?'


Someone working on this course doesn't know modern English.


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