"We are eating and they are drinking."
Translation:Wir essen und sie trinken.
How can we tell which "Sie/sie" should be used and/or translated from/to?? I still can't get this correct ☹
There are 3ish forms of "Sie" (formal you, she and they). The verb that goes with it will give you a hint which is the one being used. If the verb, as in this example is "essen", then look at the "sie" - if it is capitalised "Sie" (in the middle of a sentence), then it's the formal you form. If it isn't capitalised "sie", then it's they. If the verb form is "isst", then the "sie" is she.
Because German doesn't need it.
German just has one present tense, so you don't have to remember the distinction between "is eating" and "eats" (present continuous versus present simple) -- you just use e.g. wir essen, regardless of whether it's a repeated action or one that is taking place right now.
That is indeed correct and is also the default or "best" translation -- the one I see at the top of this comment page on the web version of Duolingo.
I think theres a programming issue with the app? Ive gotten this question wrong a couple of times despite my answer matching the correct one?
Because German doesn't need a helping verb to form the present tense.
We just say Wir essen or sie trinken.