"Oni jsou zvířata!" -- So I thought "Oni" is for masculine plural, while "Ony" is for feminine plural and "Ona" is for neuter plural. Since zvířata is the plural of the neuter zviře, why isn't this "Ona jsou zvířata"?
The only thing I can think of is they are referring to a group of men as animals, as opposed to identifying a group of animals as animals. Is that what's happening here?
Just "They are animals" as well.
"These" would be rather "tito", "tyto", "tato"
Zviřata sounds like Russian зверята zverjata, but that means amimals' offspring. Wrong friends of the interpreter. ;)
It seems a little early in the lesson to pull a "fasty" re. ONI and ONA in relationship to an implied neuter noun. I mean, I follow the logic, I simply disagree that this "trick" should happen this early in the lesson plan. Especially if you're JUST learning the Ony/Oni/Ona difference.
I feel your pain, having been just as confused as you are. But try to think of it as a learning opportunity, rather than as a trick. You'll feel better! :-)
Please do NOT SCREAM.
Oni is masculine animate, ony is masc. inanimate or feminine.
I think they should. But I came across something similar when I wrote 'kids' , and it was marked wrong because the "correct" answer was 'children'.