Well, I've learned a bit more about German in the last two weeks. I think what is really happening in this sentence is that the impersonal pronoun "es" is being left out. This happens fairly often in German. An example of this would be the sentences "Es ist mir kalt" and "Mir ist kalt". They both (literally) mean "It is cold to me.", but in the second, the subject is an implied "es".
I'm not a native German speaker, but I did some googling and my impression is that "Klasse" represents the group of students as whole. Almost like in English how we would said "I'm in the 3rd grade class" or "this is my graduating class" whereas "Unterricht" seems to be more of the actual teaching like how in English we would say "I have math class" would be "Math Unterricht", so I would view Klasse as the classroom, group of people, or your grade level whereas Unterricht I would view as the schooling, lesson, or a class in a subject.
Here are some of the sites I looked at to determine this: http://www.linguee.de/englisch-deutsch/uebersetzung/class.html https://hinative.com/de/questions/1206 https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grundschule
- You have the verb in second position. It is conjugated properly for number and tense (plural and present).
- It is common to put the temporal adverb/phrase first.
- The direct object is Akkusativ, masculine, and singular, and so the article should be declined to end with -en.
- You have capitalized the noun.
Unterricht has not a plural. 'Heute ist kein Unterricht' means: There is absolutely no class today. But one can say, for instance: "In der 5. Klasse ist heute kein Unterricht." Or: "In der letzten Stunde ist heute kein Unterricht." The same is: "Die letzte Unterrichtsstunde (period of 45 minutes and 15 minutes break) fällt heute aus." Short version: "Die letzte Stunde fällt heute aus."
You're right - I forgot it is both singular and plural. I think the sentence as is could still be talking about only one class, though, depending on the context. For example, if you are talking to a friend about the math class you have together and you say "Heute ist kein Unterricht" it seems to me that would be clear you are only talking about the math class but you might still have other classes that day.
So I'm not sure why the above was marked wrong then. It should probably be reported.
Yes. Die Eule would like us to demonstrate that we understand the one-to-one words where feasible and sensible. Here, "Today there is no lesson/class/instruction" works just fine, and so is the best choice for getting the software/app to accept your answer as correct.
At the same time, your translation is--although stilted and unnatural--a legitimate way of expressing the same idea. Use it whenever you want, so long as you understand that it doesn't fit within the fairly narrow delineations used by DuoLingo and don't mind answering more questions to get through the lesson.
Not "das Unterricht" but "das Unterrichten" is a correct noun. The verb "unterrichten" means to teach and to give lessons. Each verb in the infinitive form can be used as a noun in German. Then it gets the article "das". For example: Das Unterrichten macht ihr Spaß - she enjoys to give lessons (or teaching).
Once again a new word is presented to us with no gender. https://www.duolingo.com/dictionary/German/Unterricht/f5979f989530e97ff9857524f7d2154b
Idiom. In English, use "
There are . . . " or "
There is . . . " with the verb conjugated for the number of the predicate object (i.e., singular vs. plural). E.g., "There
are no class
es [plural] today" or "There
is no class [singular] today."
Also, die Eule did not reject you, only your answer.
If, in fact, DuoLingo chose to translate "Heute ist kein Unterricht" using poor grammar as "today, is no school", it would still not contradict the fact that one class can be cancelled without making the entire day no longer a school day.
Regardless, are you saying that you see something other than this at the top of these comments?
yes. i see today, is no school. and saying i have no class today is analogous to saying i don't have school today. so either way it should be accepted. so yeah you haven't given any reasons why my solution isn't accepted and "today, is no school" is. both of your answers i feel are debatable and i hope duolingo finally fixes this.