Translation:How much does a serving of rice cost?
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As usual their Chinese is fine and they lack as usual flexibility in their English. Don't let it get you all balled up, even if they are ripping your heart out over it. You get a hard for every bit of review you do, so when you make a mistake or four or five mistakes, but before you get down to your last heart, just do a little review. Don't enter a new lesson without at least three or four hearts.
I am with all of you (perhaps other Australians) here. I would suggest that it is very normal for Australians to ask 'how much is one (a) serve of...' and that asking in such a manner is by no means impolite, blunt or demanding (no offence taken Celticfiddleguy). Duo, please update to permit this response so that it reflects another dialect of 'native' and colloquial English. Tbh, asking 'how much is one serving of ..." sounds much less natural - even for a highly educated, socially aware, polite and seasoned Aussie diner like myself ;). If in doubt about the colloquial Australian usage of 'serve', follow the link to an official Australian Government website which repeatedly uses the term 'serve' to describe a serving of something - https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/food-essentials/how-much-do-we-need-each-day/serve-sizes. Thanks Duo!
I think "a serve" is perfectly correct. Maybe it's an Australian thing. https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/food-essentials/how-much-do-we-need-each-day/serve-sizes
"what does a serving of rice cost" was marked wrong. I think they accept serving - they have in prior answers. What they seemed to reject was "what does.." instead of "How much does.." To me as a native English speaker "What does it cost" is as natural as "How much does it cost" so I reported it.
This is one of those particularly annoying examples where it's mostly about trying to guess which very particular sequence of English words Duolingo wants you to use, when any number would amount to a perfectly serviceable translation. In English, one almost never asks how much something 'costs' in a restaurant; one simply asks, 'How much is it? Thus, 'How much is a serving of rice?" - which is currently rejected - should be accepted.