"How is your cat?"
Translation:Wie geht es eurer Katze?
I completely agree with you. I got it wrong, too. I think Duo has gone completely out of control and crazy. I just cannot believe Duo can make this kind of simple, basic mistake. I really love to hear from the person who wrote this question and answer. This is just disgusting !!
Hello Elena. Yes, "Katze" is singular and "Katzen" is plural.
But in this sentence "eurer" doesn't refer to many cats it refers to many owners of one cat.
You can trust me on this one, because german is my native language and english is my foreign language.
Here are all 4 Versions:
"Wie geht es deiner Katze" - "How is your cat" (1 owner, 1 cat)
"Wie geht es eurer Katze" - "How is your cat" (2 or more owners, 1 cat)
"Wie geht es deinen Katzen" - "How are your cats" (1 owner, 2 or more cats)
"Wie geht es euren Katzen" - "How are your cats" (2 or more owners, 2 or more cats)
I'm so happy I only have to learn english and not german ;-)
Hallo Bitterlemon Yes you should be happy because Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache! And My question is here: How can we distinguish between those 4 sentences you wrote, when duolingo asks us to translate following sentence to german: 'How is your cat doing?' So you tell me, Why Duolingo Disagrees with 'Wie geht's deiner Katze?' as a translation of 'How is your cat doing?' ?
Simple answer: Without additional context you just can't.
Because of this DuoLingo just has to accept both answers:
"Wie geht es DEINER Katze" and
"Wie geht es EURER Katze"
DuoLingo is able to do so. It just has to add "Wie geht es deiner Katze" as a valid solution.
Here is an example with context:
"Yesterday I saw Elena and Ben. I asked her: How is your cat doing?"
German - Example 1:
"Gestern habe ich Elena und Ben gesehen. Ich fragte sie: Wie geht es EURER Katze?" (This version would be correct if you know that Elena and Ben are a couple for 5 years, the cat is 3 years old and it belongs to both of them.)
German - Example 2:
"Gestern habe ich Elena und Ben gesehen. Ich fragte sie: Wie geht es DEINER Katze?" (This would be correct, if the cat belongs to Elena ALONE. Ben is her new friend, but she has the cat longer than him ;-) )
So: Whenever you see "you" or "your", you have to ask yourself if you want to adress one or many persons. Then you have to choose the right german version.
I hope it helped a little.
What, specifically, is "this error"?
Please be as specific as possible: what do you observe and what would you have expected instead?
What do you mean with "there are two right answers"?
And which sentences do you have in mind with your "both" in "both are correct"?
There are currently 12 different accepted answers for translating "How is your cat?" into German. Any of those 12 should be accepted. (Though, of course, only one answer at a time.)
Did you type a sentence that was rejected? If so, what was the entire sentence?
@Mizinamo If I may say so, many comments here were about "Wie geht es deiner Katze". My understanding is this comment was saying the same thing. I reported "Wie geht es deiner Katze" about three months ago, and waited. Thank you for accepting it now. On the other hand, @gea123gea ,it is not always logical to compare two different language courses.
As far as I can see, "Wie geht es deiner Katze" should have been accepted for at least three months - that was the time of the last change and that sentence seemed to be accepted.
It was doing tricky things with endings, though, so I rearranged the alternatives a bit and perhaps that has helped.
"Wie geht es eurem Kater" translates to "How is your tomcat (or male cat)", and would work if one was asked to translate "How is your cat" into German. 'The tomcat' = 'der Kater', so the dative of 'your tomcat' would be 'eurem Kater'.
Interesting usage of 'Kater', per dict.cc: Puss in Boots = Der gestiefelte Kater The Cat in the Hat = Ein Kater macht Theater Felix the Cat = Felix der Kater
'Der Kater' is also the term for 'the hangover'!
Kater is a male cat, a tomcat.
It's also used colloquially as a word for "hangover".
The neutral word for "cat" (if you're not specifically saying that it's male) is Katze, and the word is grammatically feminine -- so if you use that word, it would be Wie geht es deiner Katze? with the feminine dative ending -er on deiner rather than the masculine dative ending -em.