"Co jste koupili jemu?"
Translation:What did you buy him?
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The flow of a sentence is the only difference. You would not really say "co jste koupili mu" if you were czech (though everybody would understand) because, well, it is not said that way. At the same time you would only say "Co jste mu koupili" and not "co jste jemu koupili", because it is a mouthfull. Often you can use either and it more or less only depends on where you are from.
I had the choice of selecting "koupili" or "koupily" for this sentence. I knew that "koupili" was what they wanted but tried "koupily" since I thought either could be used. We don't know if "you"(jste) are all girls or a mixture of boys and girls. What am I missing here?
Type What You Hear exercises are known to have a problem with the -y variants. If it was not a Type What You Hear Exercise, I would expect koupily to be accepted. Perhaps there was some other error in what you typed. If you reported it, someone can check and get back to you.
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