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Correct answers given in Genitive section are missing apostrophes in English.

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There are German sentences like the following that are to be translated into English: Das ist das Haus meiner Gro├čeltern. Ich bin der Sohn meiner Eltern.

The 'correct' answers given by Duo to these type of sentences are wrong in that they do not include an apostrophe to indicate possession: That is my grandparents house. I am my parents son.

Both of these sentences are grammatically incorrect and should be: That is my grandparents' house. I am my parents' son.

Please see point 1C on this page: http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/apostro.asp

June 11, 2017

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Vereschagin
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In another thread (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/223373) we've been told this is a software bug. If enough people report it as a bug, maybe it might get fixed. You can report software bugs here: https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

June 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannibal-Barkas
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This is a point where I totally agree with you (and Heike). If this site is about language then it should be correct in it's usage. At least there should be a hint about the correct spelling, even if it might accept incorrect spelling - as long as the correct sense is being transmitted.

June 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ortharthe

Since you asked for hints - the second-to-last word in the second sentence should be its, not it's :)

Otherwise, you are 100% correct. How anyone can justify grammatical mistakes in a language course is beyond me.

June 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannibal-Barkas
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Thank you for your help ;-) I am glad that English, unlike French or Spanish, does not know accents.

June 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth528513

Yes, it aggravates me that when I write it CORRECTLY, I am marked wrong!!!

June 14, 2017
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