Translation:That is their doctor.
Yeah, I was wondering the same. It sounds weird to me too.
Question: Who's that?
Answer A:That's John.
Answer B: He's John
I think answer A is more natural and not weird at all. Which is the better word to use depends on the context (which we are not given in this exercise).
Based on the other sentences in this module, it looks like the classifier 个 is optional after 那.
As I understand it, "ge" is a measure word or classifier for nouns. In 那个是 the 个 is not followed by a noun. To use 个 in this sentence you could say 那个男人是他们的医生，or, 那个女人是他们的医生 - i.e. That man is their doctor, or That woman is their doctor. After posting this message yesterday, the next question had 那个 plus a verb. So more checking in my dictionary. It looks like 那 would be "that" and 那个 would be "that one".
how do i differentiate between 他们 and 她们 . I mean they sound the same.. so i typed 他们 it was incorrect
Sometimes Duolingo doesn't give you enough information to figure out what it's looking for.
Does anyone know if it's 他们 if there is at least one male in the people referred to by "they", like "ellos" in Spanish?
“他” = "he/him" so ”他们“ = "they” (males). "她” = "she/her" so “她们” = "they" (females). "他们“ would be used for a group of males and females. When translating "they/them" and the context doesn't identify whether "they/them" refers to men or women, both "他们” and "她们“ should be accepted.
It's similar to English where you could say "He/She is their doctor." or "That is their doctor."
Considering that Chinese don't have a separate word for 'That' and 'It', I think I can also say "It is their doctors".
Almost. "It" refers to one person only so you would say "It is their doctor".
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It might be a problem with the format you're learning from, but on the PC, it makes sense. Both the written and spoken exercises uses 她们 (tāmen) which is definitely 'they' (feminine/plural).