"Můj dědeček nemá vlasy."

Translation:My grandfather does not have hair anymore.

March 27, 2018

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I was given this as the "correct" response: "My grandfather has not got hair anymore." My answer, "My grandfather has no hair anymore" was not accepted. I think mine is more acceptable than yours! '

March 27, 2018

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No need to shout.

Translations on Duolingo need to be as exact as possible.

'My grandfather has no hair anymore.' is better translated as Můj dědeček už nemá žádné vlasy.

March 27, 2018

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I wasn't shouting, and there's really no need to make comments like that on a language app comment page. I was simply commenting that an "acceptable" answer supplied by the program is at best grammatically awkward! I still think mine should also be accepted. Plenty of Czech syntax and grammar is not translated "exactly," so I'm not buying your argument.

March 27, 2018

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Although I'm a native US English speaker, I'd say that "My grandfather has not got hair anymore" is a perfectly acceptable translation. I don't think you'd hear that phrasing very much in the US, but I'm pretty sure you'd hear it quite often in the UK.

It's absolutely true that there are plenty of ways to convey the same meaning between one language and another and that one-to-one literal translations aren't always, shall we say, "ideal." Still, I'd say the main translation given above, along with the "has not got" translation, are pretty much exact translations of the Czech original without being weirdly literal.

Disclaimer: I'm learning, too, and this is just one person's non-expert opinion... :-)

April 9, 2018
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