"老师姓什么?"

Translation:What is the teacher's last name?

November 17, 2017

81 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyVan831969

Dont foget thr apostrophe on teacher's or you will have to do it over. How stupid

May 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JFSwan

I know right.

June 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Emily474304

u kow u can say ikr

November 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rodina960140

Apostrophe = posession No apostropne = plural

There is a big difference in meaning so it is important.

January 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rodina960140

Posting reformatted what i wrote. So:

Apostrophe = possession

No apostrophe = plural

January 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/xkarategirlx

You are correct but i wrote one time with the apostrophe it said wrong then i didnt and it said wrong so i am very confused x

February 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BrianDomin440356

How stupid, haha

January 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/lotte736585

Same

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/cheenesemaster

truu

October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristianG680402

WHat kind of school do you go to, whatever school you go to, the education for english there is not good, the apostrophe shows possession.

October 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Yilanisabel

Yes! Finally, someone who knows grammar.

December 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Emily474304

noy always

November 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MrOolong

In the context of this sentence, you need the apostrophe.

December 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Emily474304

i agree very stupid... I was 1 point away from finishing but ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

November 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jamil_Paul

(From a native speaker)Actually,"老" here is a symbol of reverence. ”老师“ is a single word merely meaning 'teacher' and you shouldn't construe it into two separate words. We Chinese prefer bi-character-words. Accordingly, even if “师” does mean 'teacher' by itself, we still choose “老师“ in a usual conversation. Likewise, we have words like “老虎” meaning 'tiger' and “老鹰” meaning 'eagle' in which “老“ conveys nothing.

June 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Mackers8

It would not accept 'what is the teacher's surname?' ???

April 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew-Lin

Traditional characters: 老師姓什麼?

November 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MayhemSan

Your comment made me realize the lessons are titled Chinese and not Chinese Simplified or more specifically Mandarin Simplified since Cantonese & many others are "Chinese" but not mutually intelligible

November 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ArundeepRa

Except 马 ( ma ) all characters are same in simplified Mandarin !!

November 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/clnoy

There is no 吗,nor 马 in the sentence.

The sentence in pīnyīn is:

  • lǎoshī xìng shénme?
December 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/khonkhortisan

师/師

November 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorik825558

Nope, for example táiwān, 台湾 (simplified), 台灣 (traditional), the forms of ma like 吗, 妈, 马, 码, 蚂 all have traditional characters 嗎, 媽, 馬, 碼, 螞.

October 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DiegoAlvarezC

谢谢

November 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/OlegOlenyev42

So, Is this Lao(老) the same Lao in Lao Tzu(Zi)? Meaning Lao Tzu(Zi) means Master Teacher?

January 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dabvere

It is indeed the same, but 老 actually translates to "old". Hence, Laozi (老子)actually means "Old Master".

February 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Katie514482

I did NOT know that

February 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/YTguy

you didn't?

July 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/agonfiles

Is the possessive always implied in a sentence like this? Aka, would 老师的姓什么 be correct, or is the 的 just not necessary?

May 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KeithWong9

Either use 姓xìng as a verb or a noun. (Bold below are verbs of the sentences)

As a noun: 老师的姓什么? (Sounds a bit awkward but still OK)

As a verb: 老师什么?

January 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dorothy1234

"姓" is a verb, so "What is the teacher surnamed?" should be accepted. "姓" equivalent to "is surnamed" is accepted in other sentences, but not here.

December 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jesus-Smith

Come on Duo… calling me out for a freaking apostrophe? I wrote this on my phone—obviously it's a typo!

April 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JulioFdezPrada

What's your old teacher's last name? Was my answer. Is that wrong? Thanks

February 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/OliverBens7

I'm not sure. 老师 means teacher according to the hints (hover your mouse over the characters and you'll see what I mean), but according to google translate, old teacher is also 老师 so I'm not entirely sure to be honest.

February 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/YTguy

i would say 老老师 or 老的老师

July 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MrOolong

The correct answer should be "What is the teacher's last name?". You've added the possessive pronoun "your" which is unnecessary because that did not exist in the Mandarin sentence. It is just "the teacher". 老师 (laoshi) is a title for teachers/masters of various kinds. I simply wrote "What's teacher's last name?" and it was accepted as correct.

March 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ShiwonChoi

Mine too

March 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MicahLiuba1

Why is 'what is the teacher's surname?' not acceptable?

June 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MicahLiuba1

Never mind, I left out the 'is'! :/

June 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/GemmaSpall

'What's the teachers last name?' wasnt accepted!

June 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/comatosecris

It told me the translation was "what is our last name of the teacher?" which threw me off because it made no sense and I had put "what is the teacher's last name?" but I just kept getting wrong for that reason

February 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/OliverBens7

Where does it say the translation is "what is our last name of the teacher?"?

February 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/1ceIWas7YrsOld

it does. My answer was "what's your surname, teacher?" and duo gave me that weird translation.

March 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ekrem_G

There is no “our” in the question.

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LJeanetteS

Not confused. ..there were no words to place exactly the answer regardless of meaning. My answer was not wrong according to info presented!

June 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Wodja-88

Wat the ❤❤❤❤ no apostophy but wrong

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Cake55555

I like putting emojis on all the sentences! It makes everything cuter!

October 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/makoflauschy

This is correct? "The teacher's name" why the apostrophe

November 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MrOolong

The apostrophe ('s) is one way to show ownership or possession in English.

November 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dragonhuntr

Lǎo shī xìng shén me :)

November 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Darren878057

Its not proper grammar at all? s' is a possesive genitive?

December 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ch0vuu

I got it wrong because I didn't write the apostroph kskdwkdjdo

December 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Yiwen1986

Should be able to use surname and last name

January 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack861149

Too picky

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Vasso277577

uh i put name last not last name

February 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dennis68011

What if i want to ask the "teachers" last name and not the "teacher's" ?

February 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KeithWong9

You mean "teachers' last names"? (There should be an apostrophe after teachers to make it possessive.)

The Chinese translation to it is 老师姓什么

February 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Hardy537511

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh stop that

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PiotrWinia4

F*uck this i had good

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/orenishimo

How would it be written for "what are our teacher's last names" instead of what is the teacher's last names?

March 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KeithWong9

我们的老师们姓什么? Wǒmen de lǎoshīmen xìng shénme

March 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BTSARMY11881

老师叫什么 is what i put 8n english i swear. But is this simplified or traditional chinese.

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JosephMauc

Shouldn't "What is teacher's last name" also be accepted?

March 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MrOolong

"What's teacher's last name" was an accepted answer for me. The definite article is implied in mandarin from what I understand.

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ekrem_G

You left out “the” as in “What is the teacher’s last name?”

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jesus-Smith

Seriously Duolingo, fix the apostrophe thing already. Most of us learn on our phones... I think our bad habits can be forgiven.

August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Emily474304

yessssssss

November 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Angel509

Really?

December 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Chimdi829498

Really

December 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Brian747056

Need apostrophe teacher's option

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/zromsa

Needs corrected to count without the apostrophe

August 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SooperMikey

Get over the grammar stuff. Im not trying to learn English..

October 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MrOolong

This is a Chinese course designed for English speakers...

November 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SooperMikey

Seriously...get kver the apostrophe. Aa bad as some of these alternative translations are, seriously?

October 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/chonglamprecht

You may also say 教师 instead of 老师

October 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/martin1490

Jesus, what a joke that you need to put the apostrophe. Clearly if you type the words, you understand it.

November 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Katie514482

Hey,what does each symbol stand for?

February 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/OliverBens7

You can find out by putting the mouse over the characters in the sentence. But just to help you out:

  1. 老师 - Lǎo shī - Teacher
  2. 姓 - Xìng - Surname
  3. 什么 - Shén me - What

So literally translated, 老师姓什么?would be "Teacher surname what?" which you can then translate to "What is the teacher's surname?"

February 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ph516503

Sorry for asking a really basic question, but how do you know which combination of characters forms a particular new word? For example, 老 means "old" and 师 means "division" (at least according to google translate) so how does one know that 老师 means teacher and not the individual meanings of the words (i.e. "old division")?

The characters all seem to be equidistant so I'm not seeing anything which indicates that particular characters should be combined to form a single word.

February 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JosephMauc

Context, usually.

March 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Z2NIlDtw

True....

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AnyeCheng1

Hi

December 23, 2017
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