"What country is she from?"
Actually, Mandarin doesn't have a question word for where. 哪 means which.
However, you can combine 哪 with other words to get new question words:
哪一个 / 哪个 which one
哪国 which country
哪里 / 哪儿 which place (where)
I struggled with this exercise. The drop down hints suggested different words.
To me is's more like "What's your nationality" [You are what country person?]
It seems a lot less like it's "what country is she from" and more like "what is her Nationality?"
China is very homogenous and racially driven, because of this the concept of nationality is very much tied to race and the country of origin. If you ever immigrate to china, it is unlikely most people would acknowledge you as "Chinese" nationality, even if you live there for 50 years and undergo naturalization. In their eyes you will forever be a Loawai.
I got it right (using the word bank) and am happy with that translation but I would more naturally have written 她是从哪国来的？
I’d love to know if that would have been right too.
I'm not sure if it would be acceptable, but I do know that if it were, you wouldn't need 是 because you have 来 already.
I'm confused as to why 吗 isn't used to indicate a question. Is it because 'which' is being used instead?
Yes. （Edit: As you say, the sentence already has a question word: 哪。)
And because 吗 is for a yes/no question. e.g. 她是加拿大人吗？是。
As opposed to an open ended question. e.g. 她是哪国人？她是加拿大人。
How come we can ask tgis question without using 吗 but that we must add the character when asking about a group?
you find that there are many many ways of asking a question in chinese without using ma, once you learn the proper grammar..sofar i have not seen any explination on this site that explains how to use grammar
I'm not agree with you answer. In Chinese language the character 吗 means yes/no question. Becouse the character ? is not required.
Ok. It seems someone may have had an explanation as to why 吗 is not required here to make it a question, but WilliamNoT2 disagreed and the explanation was deleted. :( Could someone elucidate on when to (and not) use 吗 at the end of a question?
ma indicates a yes/no question. Which country is she from? is not yes/no. Instead the sentence already has a question indicator in it. In this case 哪 which?
My advice is to look at other resources. Duolingo is great, but it really only will get you so far. If you don't quite get it the way they are teaching, try other sources as well as this.