Translation:Which bag is yours?
What is the difference between 包 and 袋？ is one a classifier and the other is the actual noun for bag?
袋: bag, sack, pouch, pocket, handbag, plastic bag, etc.; 包: bag, sack, packet, wrapper, backpack
Both of them can be a noun.
As classifiers/quantifiers, They can be synonyms for soft rectangular sacks that serve as a product's packet, e.g. rice sacks. But they also differ in many places. The intuitive impression in brief: 包 is more of “wrapper, pack, packet”; 袋 is more of “pouch, pocket” (usually made with soft material and a unsealable/sealable opening, e.g. plastic bags, paper bags, rice bags).
It may not matter in this course. 袋 usually refers to ones which are soft and can be restored after twisted.
Wow, really? Thank you! I thought this sentence meant "which handbag is yours?"
Just “usually”. ;-) 袋 and 包 can be synonyms sometimes. 包 can also be a handbag, because there are two translations for it despite various materials and shapes: 手提包 shǒu tí bāo, 手袋 shǒu dài. Women often call handbags “包包” (cute?). Other examples are backpacks (背包 / 背袋), sacks (麻包 / 麻袋), sandbags (沙包 / 沙袋).
Yes, 那 Nā/ㄋㄚ and 哪 Nǎ/ㄋㄚˇ both look and sound quite similar, which doesn't help
Both correct. Re “那个包是你的？”:
- I think a better (and more literal) interpretation/translation should be “That bag is yours?” (please note the question mark & your intonation)
- Conversely, “Is that bag yours?” should be “那个包是你的‹吗›？”
- Yes, I mean the nuance is roughly the same in both Chinese and English. And of course a proper intonation & context allow you to convey the same meaning no matter you're saying “那个包是你的？” or “那个包是你的吗？”. However, the listener may not think so, especially when the sentence is written down instead of spoken out. Now whether to include 吗 at the end is up to you.
- Context & intonation bring a lot of confusion to the discussion. Honestly, I don't know how Duolingo should solve this problem. There is too much inconsistency in the course.
'Which bag belongs to you' is considered wrong!!! Wonder what English language is Duolingo using?
"Which is your bag?" still not accepted. Reported 25th November 2018.