"The beer is weak, the bear is strong."
Translation:Das Bier ist schwach, der Bär ist stark.
"The" in "The beer" has a hover-tool-tip that recommends "der"
No! The hints never recommend anything!
As you have seen, they are far too unreliable for that.
They are "hints", not "suggestions", let alone "recommendations".
The system tries to show the most relevant hints near the top, but it easily gets confused, especially when one occurs twice in the same sentence but has to be translated differently each time.
You still have to learn German! You cannot merely piece together the topmost hint.
Learn nouns together with their article -- learn der Bär and das Bier, not just Bär and Bier.
They could also include things like:
- Read through the comments before posting a question that's been asked (and answered) 37 times already.
- Copy and paste (or take a screenshot of) your answer into your post before you complain you were unfairly marked wrong.
- "Me too" and "Agreed" and "Thanks" count as clutter. Stop it.
- Try an online translation dictionary (like dict.cc or CollinsDictionary.com or Pons.com or linguee.com) before asking how to say "tall" or "eat" or other easy-to-find words.
- Translate.Google.com is NOT authoritative.
- German-to-English (and vice-versa) is not always simple word-for-word substitution. Sometimes (usually) grammar changes.
- IT'S AN ESZETT, NOT A BLOODY "FUNNY B"!!!!!
- Don't use all caps in your comments. (Unless you really mean to yell.)
How's this for an absolute truth: DuoLingo does not always provide the correct word as a hint. That's not abusive, that's simple fact.
And your calling out something as abusive is rich when you quickly resort to childish and unimaginative name-calling. But, if that's your strongest argument, I guess I can't fault you for bringing what passes for your A game.
Dulingo often suggests the incorrect form of "the"
Duolingo does not "suggest" things.
The hints are meant to jog your memory. You are responsible for selecting the correct form based on the gender of the noun (which you have to learn and memorise) and the case you need in the sentence.
Here you have Bier which is neuter and Bär which is masculine.
So you need das Bier and der Bär.
This is something you need to know.
The hints for "the" should have both das and der -- and you have to know that "the beer" is das Bier and "the bear" is der Bär. The fact that das is higher or der is higher is not a "suggestion".
The word "the" occurs twice in this sentence; in "the beer", it has to be translated das Bier, in "the bear"; it has to be translated der Bär.
Duolingo isn't smart enough to know which "the" has to be der and which has to be das, so it will show both der and das for both of the "the"s, in the same order.
You cannot rely on the topmost one to be "the right answer" -- they're hints, not answers.
So as long das comes up in the list of hints, it's fine.
Ah but it is. It's not that hard of an addition to check the words immediately surrounding the sentence, as proven by such logic in other courses. There's already enough of a database to determine if the user's input is correct, adding that same data in the hints is easy as pie. They just haven't got around to it yet in this specific course because there's a fucktonne more languages and courses to check.
I just report it and move on. Literally no reason to get into the comments over it. The comments are here for discussion as to the actual lesson, not technical issues.
why does Duo not put the correct word first in the tips?
Because it doesn't actually understand English or German.
So when it sees that the word "the" occurs twice in the English sentence, it's not smart enough to know which one goes with the der (Bär) and which one goes with the das (Bier).
So it simply puts both der and das into the hints for "the" and trusts that learners will be able to select the correct one.
They're hints, after all, not "suggestions" or "recommendations" or "answers".
Are you smarter than a computer?
if it was the apples , would it be 'den Äpfel '?
No; it would be die Äpfel -- as the direct object, you need the accusative case, thus you would use the plural accusative article die.
den would be masculine accusative (wrong number/gender) or plural dative (wrong case).
You seem to be misunderstanding what is being taught here. Die Eule is teaching vocabulary, grammar, and short (idiomatic) phrases. There is no intention for you to memorize the sentences as pieces to plug into conversations. Study (understand) how and why the sentences are composed, and then create your own, relevant sentences.
I put the same correct answar you put down .
Then it was marked correct.
Do you have a screenshot showing your answer and Duolingo's response? If so, please share it with us -- upload it to a website somewhere such as imgur and post the URL of the image in your comment.
Just complaining here, without proof, does not help anybody. It won't result in bugs getting fixed and it won't help you or others learn.