https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ionasky

Chair of teacher, books of pupils, shoes of Rehema etc

I have to say that while this construction helps with the word order in kiswahili is is very, very poor English

The possessive just is not done like this in English - the teacher's chair, the pupils' books, Rehema's shoes. In English when we say 'something of something' we mean made out of, so 'chair of teacher' means you literally made a chair out of a teacher, their bones maybe. Some of the sentances are correct but lots are not - I am reporting it everytime I see this format but just wanted to warn non native english speakers generally not to copy this format.

April 2, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luscinda

It would need the definite article, wouldn't it - the x of y. But no, this is not how we would expect to express possessives in English.

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ionasky

Yes, In some instances putting 'the' in front might salvage it as in 'the throne of the queen...' or 'the hair of the dog' but only occasionally. You still would not ever say 'the shoes of Billy' for example.

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr.Quizzical

What skill are the possessives in? I will take a look at that skill.

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John M.

The possessives seem to be spread out throughout the course, but it seems (at least to me) that they are mostly in the lessons having to do with noun class e.g. Ki/Vi, M/Mi etc.

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EileenRaff2

It is frustrating. There are so many such instances. I report each time but fixes seem to be taking a very long time. I know it's in beta and also free so try to be patient, but today I had to abandon the weather module as it won't let me pass without both wrong usage and spelling and that was a step too far.

April 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EileenRaff2

Even more dispiriting is that on a number of occasions when a correction is made, it is wrong in a different way. The team really needs someone with decent English language skills. I prefer to try to help rather than just complain so volunteered to proof-read but didn't get a response.

April 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EileenRaff2

Yaay! I went back into weather after a cooling off period. It let me get through without having to write 'lightening and thunder'. I noticed that lightning was spelt correctly more often also. I have reported all the wrong instances. It's nice to see progress. I am grateful to whoever made the corrections. We are getting there!

April 10, 2017
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