When I did this exercise it was word selection to form the sentence, and carteras according to Duo is taken to mean both purse AND wallet, but the word selection answer seems to be wallet. So perhaps in a sense, both are correct?
"How many wallets do you have?" was accepted as a correct answer from me today (March 27, 2018).
How weird! Computer programs shouldn't work that way. Are you using an app on a phone or tablet or are you logging into the website through a browser?
If you are using an app, have you checked to be certain that the app has installed the latest updates? Also is your OS up-to-date on your mobile device?
The algorithm is influenced by how many and how often people "vote" on whether an interpretation is correct or incorrect. That's why an interpretation fluctuates between being correct and incorrect. Eventually, the majority opinion of native speakers predominates. Point is, just keep reporting.
Maybe you're stretching the rubber band too far.
Seriously, I think that as enough people report alternative translations, then they will be added to the database.
I imagine a mugger asking a woman this as she pulls out her seventh purse from out of nowhere.
Harumph! I protest my "wrong" answer. In New England, purses are "pocketbooks." Sure, it's old-fashioned but it is still in use. So, like I said, Harumph!
Did you report it? We use that in the Southeast as well. As you say, old-fashioned but used.
To all the people like me, who think that "pocketbook" is not an archaic word, I say "Report it!"
In a previous sentence I wrote purse as a translation of cartera and it was correct. Now I wrote handbag and it says it's wrong. Weird.
I reported it anyway.
It translated as purses but I call a purse un monedero. Is this because I have been learning Castilian Spanish?
The trouble with Duolingo is it is American Spanish and NOT Castilian as the Spanish use!
That's because there are more Latino hispanics than European ones, making castillian less useful.
"How many purses do you've"? Don't use it non-natives. Not correct. Reported.
Quiza si tú tienes a una amiga que va de compras mucho. "Hoy compro otra cartera nueva!" "¡Díos mio! ¿Cuántas carteras tienes?"
FULL DISCLOSURE: Native English speaker - US, Southern Appalachian dialect. Other uses of English may vary. Advice about Spanish should be taken with a grain of salt.
Please fix! It is 'do you have'......NOT...'do you've' ...we don't end a sentence like that in english.
Because "purses" is not uncountable noun, but countable.
"How many" refer to multiple items, while "how much" refers to a part of one whole item.
It's a contraction of "you" and "have." If you were offered "How many purses/wallets do you've," that would be wrong and should be reported.
I wrote "how many purses do you have" and it marked it wrong. said I used the wrong word and underlined you"ve which wasn't in my sentence???? huh
I was wrong when I didn't put".....have you "got". You don't need "got "
[How many wallets have you?] would be unusual in US English. Is it correct in UK English? Here we would say "How many wallets do you have?" or "How many wallets have you got?"
I'm not sure if your question was rhetorical or not, but that would be unusual in UK English too