Translation:What's your grandparents' nationality?
I am sure i answered this right twice. Both were marked wrong. 1 What are your grandparents' nationalities? It would be are, not is because there are two grandparents and they could have different natioalities. 2. What are the nationalities of your grandparents? Oh well. I will memorize your answer. Is would be right if they were from the same place.
What's your grandparents' nationality? I think there are some structural problems with the sentence. It looks like Duo is looking at the grandparents as 1 unit; a single group. So it would be "what is". But you can't answer the question correctly if they all have different nationalities. So what "are" your grandparents' nationalities would make more sense. If it could be a plural possessive you could answer the question.
Even worse, it's missing from the correct answer when you are asked to select the English words to translate the sentence.
I think they are just dictionary hints and word translations and you have to add the punctuations yourself as you do with "nationality?" E.g "What is the nationality of your grandparents?" is also correct.
There we no words in the word bank for building What is the nationality of your grandparents?
this is an old Duolingo bug, it’s been around for years. somehow it cannot deal with words ending with an apostrophe.
DuoLingo doesn't BOTHER FIXING MISTAKES.
Fixed it for you.
It's a database. They can and must put correct words in the"word bank".
Grandparents' (for plural) or grandparent's (for singular) are correct/acceptable words for this stupid bank. grandparents is an incorrect word.
It's a simple typo. They CAN fix it. But they don't care to. As long as they get good review, and new users, and continued add views, or subscriptions, they find no motive to correct MANY years long bugs.
Many of the errors are EASILY fixed. I'm a programmer. I would know.
With excuses like yours, why even bother trying to make a language app. With your view, it wouldn't be possible to even make this app.
In reality, they need to fix the word bank and/ir question/answer bank to remove typos, and as/remove acceptable answers as needed.
Either way, DuoLingo is wrong here.
In English the grammar is incorrect without an apostrophe.
DuoLingo is missing the possessive apostrophe, which is required in English to make this a valid sentence.
Duolingo never includes punctuation in the word bank, and for some reason, it keeps thinking that ending apostrophes are punctuation marks. (It doesn't have this problem with apostrophes in the middle of a word.)
Speaking of oddly places amorphous..enter notice that they put
o + 'clock instead of
o' + clock ?
The apathy stands for (o)f the - the f the is part of O NOT Click !
They do this in other languages too. It's odd, and infuriating.
Either make a single tile: o'clock OR group the apostrophe with the o tile:
o' + clock
Can someone please explain to me why ' cuál ' is translated into 'what' and not 'which' ?
'cuál' can be either. In this case, we don't normally say 'Which is your Grandparents' nationality' in English. We normally say 'What' instead so that is what this translates to.
Now, (and this is being somewhat overly strict here) if you think about it it is actually English that is odd in this case. The word 'which' implies a choice from a list so by that logic 'which' should be the one used here as the list of nationalities is finite and can be selected from. Language rules aren't always so clear cut though.
Ditto LeeBrowns1's comment. The English sentence is grammatically wrong, making it confusing.
English grammar error, should be grandparents', needs the apostrophe for possession, can't report! Sorry to be picky, I'm an English teacher...
One nationality, therefore "is". "What are the nationalities of your grandparents?" would be correct English if you assume the grandparents are of different nationalities, but I think that would require "las nacionalidades" in Spanish.
Sorry mis wrote my 2nd answer. What is the nationality of your grandparents? Got marked wrong????
Isn't "what nationality is your grandparents" the same as what's your grandparents nationality?
Is there any situation where it would be socially acceptable to ask this question?