Translation:There are meat, vegetables, and fish in the hot pot.
There is meat, vegetables and fish in the hotpot
This sounds more natural to me.
It's strange that on another question everybody disagreed with me for wanting "there's" to be accepted as an alternative to a question that only accepts "there are" because the object of the verb is plural. But for this question there's already at least two people before me who want it to accept "is" with a plural object.
it's because fish and meat are mass nouns which can't be plural . I think what happens is that a lot of people find that any list which includes a mass noun will make it so that the whole list should be treated as a single mass noun.
Compare: *There is meats, vegetables and fishes vs. There is meat, vegetables and fish.
"There is vegetables and meat" vs "There are vegetables and meat". Both sound wrong to me. Is there actually any correct answer when mixing plurals with mass nouns?
Both "meat" and "meats" are valid plurals of "meat". I think confusion arises because "meat" can both refer to pieces of meat (in which case "meats" is invalid) and types of meats (in which case "meats" is valid).
"Two meat" is never correct. "Meat" is never plural. It's a mass noun and a singular noun.
"Fish", "sheep", and even "biceps" are singular and plural though.
I don't have any reference links for this, but my language sense is telling me that there should be 'is', because the first on the list is meat, as someone pointed out here already.
The first item in the list ("meat") (which is nearest to the verb) can have a meaning that is either singular or plural in the singular written form, so both "is" and "are" should be allowed here, but only if "meat" is placed first in the list, IMO.
"There is meat, vegetables, and fish in the hot pot" Still marked wrong as of 2019-04-09. Reported.
Is or Are? Both can be viewed as right and dictionaries will show debate between grammarians. For a list using the existential noun "There....." if all singular nouns/mass nouns in a list, use 'is'. If all plural nouns, use 'are' If mixed, technically it should be plural, but we often take the first noun in the list to determine the verb form in informal English, which, of course, makes it correct as well. Consider how a sentence with a conjunction might be treated: There is water and apples. There are apples and water
I think it is bad practice to try and mix singulars and plurals in a list with an existential subject (ie "There"). It is best, in this case, to say "In the hot pot are meat, vegetables and fish." That way it satisfies the rules for using a plural 'be' for a list.
Phrasing - "In the hotpot there is meat, vegetables and fish" ought to be accepted too.
I've had a lot of problems with my answers not being accepted simply because of construction. I put "Inside the hot pot there is meat, vegetables, and fish," and I think this answer should be accepted.
I'm in the same boat. But, I keep telling myself this is how the course gets better
Same story with me. If it's any consolation, there were way more of these problems last month when it was in alpha!
This is why we're all here helping out Duolingo to fix all the problems in the beta course so they can release it as a finished course.
Me too. It's why they have held off so long on doing a Chinese course I think. It doesn't correlate well.
"The hotpot has meat, vegetables, and fish" is what I put.
It feels like a guessing game at this point.
I would probably end the sentence with "in it" since that's also perfectly natural English and translates the 里 in the Chinese version.
"There is meat, vegetables, and fish in the hot pot" should also be accepted. Though you are technically talking about a plural list, it is way more natural in English to use "is" there.
I felt this too but couldn't quite figure out why it felt right. I think it's because two of them are, or can be, mass nouns - there is some meat and there is some fish. The fact that there are some vegetables complicates it though :/
I also agree with this. When speaking, people often speak like this. Writing it though, doesn't comply with grammatical rules. When listing plural items, they should all agree. Ex. There are meats, vegetables, and fishes...but this sounds weird when we say it out loud because we're just stating general categories of ingredients that are commonly found in the hot pot dish. I also think "hotpot" should be accepted as well.
One detail that may be lost on people is that this exercise is, I believe, the first to demonstrate the ideographic comma (頓號) (、), which is different from an ordinary comma (，) in that it's only used to enumerate or separate list items.
I'm not sure that's the point of this question. Because when answering it on a phone where instead of typing the answers you select them from some tiles, there is no tile for comma, ideographic or otherwise.
Is "hotpot" a food you eat, or a pot that is hot? From another exercise I imagined it was something you make. If so, and if these are the common ingredients, it makes "the" optional.
It's a dish, also known as steamboat. You get the ingredients raw and cook them however you like, although there's actually an order: meat and seafood in batches, then vegetables, also in batches, finally noodles and egg(s).
I would say it should be there. Even though hot pot refers to a dish, the dish includes and actual pot that is hot. And it seems to me that the sentence says that the ingredients are in that actual pot, so I'd say 'the hot pot'.
Since Chinese has no definite articles, I think "In a hot pot" should also be accepted.
Or "There are vegetables, fish, and meat...." Don't ask me why, just sounds better.
When I was in China, my friends there did not use an article for hot pot: they said I'm going to eat hot pot, or there is meat and vegetables in hot pot. These were people who spoke English well. It sounds strange to see this translation of "meat, veggies and fish in THE hot pot."
You can use "the" when you're referring to a particular hot pot that is already established in the conversation.
The English answer provided is just wrong. Thera are meat, vegetables and fish... This is a list, so 'are' is not grammatically correct.
"In the hotpot there is meat, vegetables and fish" is apparently unnacceptable :) :) :)
I got mine wrong for putting vegetables, fish and meat, it sounded better to me
Way too many alternatives that are acceptable, so please convert it to a blocked word exercise instead of a translate
'There are meat' makes no sense; 'there are fish' means multiple entire fish.