"저는 할아버지 생신 케이크를 삽니다."
Translation:I buy a birthday cake for grandfather.
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"I buy (my) grandfather a birthday cake" should be another accepted translation. Literally zero difference in meaning
Yep. And I think it's a better translation. For grandfather would need a different structure in Korean
I tend to disagree due to the presence of a clearly visible genitive case in your solution. Sometimes it is just necessary to be as close to the original as can be in translating, especially if learners are supposed to entertain a certain awareness and eye for those slight grammatical differences. With your solution, another reading would be possible as well: "I buy the birthday cake from grandfather." So the meaning is not exactly all the same. Eventually it will all boil down to didactics in such scenarios. I reckon your translation right in a way, but not the best option. There are "false negatives" around in this Korean section which are waaaaay worse. Here I can at least make a tiny argument in favour of this variant's rejection (be it sufficient or not). Cheers!
that's the problem with this course in my opinion. it flips between intended meaning and literal translation too much and it's confusing.
Me three. In fact the Korean looks to me like it should mean rather "I buy a birthday cake for grandfathers." Or maybe "cake for grandfathers' birthdays." What's 부모님 생신 케익? Anniversary cake for parents?
"I buy grandfather a birthday cake" should also be accepted. Please flag!
Where in the korean sentence does it say it's "FOR" grandfather? is it implied? Cause to me the sentence basically says "I buy a grandfather birthday cake "
No the "for" is not implied; it literally says, "I buy (my) grandfather's birthday cake" (since the genitive case 의 can and very commonly is omitted); the meaning is reinterpreted, which I am not a fan of; I'd prefer they either teach a sentence or pattern that better reflects this "for," or give the meaning as it is most directly understood.
I guess i'll have to look at tips andnotes on duolingo website. I also wondered about ,지.
I buy the birthday cake for grandfather
Is that really false ? Generally you don't buy a lot of birthday cake...
The articles in English are really confusing here given there aren't any in Korean. I would assume a translation with or without any articles should be accepted since it changes nothing in Korean.