"How many red purses do you want to buy?"
Translation:¿Cuántas carteras rojas quieres comprar?
Agreed. I have reported this, too. I have encountered it in several exercises on DL. With no context, the formal AND informal should be accepted, but almost always (for me) the formal translation is not accepted. I was taught in Spanish class in school many years ago that if you don't know, you automatically go with "usted."
"bolsa" is the word I learned for purse many years ago. I am in the USA, and the Spanish I have learned is Mexican. It seems Duolingo is geared more toward Spain. Which is okay, but I get marked wrong when I use a word like "bolsa," and it should be accepted. Even Google translates purse to bolso and cartera to wallet.
If there is some way to know if "you" is formal or familiar here, will someone explain it to me? I have been marked wrong for using "usted" in situations like this, and others have been marked wrong using tú. Duolingo is on the whole good, but this lack of context in english is quite frustrating when it can be specific in spanish, and answers are graded as incorrect when correct.
the correct answer displayed when I answered this question was " cuantos portamonedas rojos usted quiere comprar". Have never seen the word "portamonedas" used in DL before...Have noticed a few bizarre words given as the correct answer recently - not sure whats going on here....
No. "Usted" is just the formal word for "you" used when addressing a stranger or an acquaintance. The informal word "tú" is used for people you know. The verb forms used change accordingly to match the form of "you" (tú/usted) you are using even though the English translation would be the exact same for both. But it has nothing to do with whether or not it is a question. Often a question is worded the same as a statement in Spanish, thus why they have a question mark at the begining.. so you know what kind of sentence you're reading. So you don't use certain words to "make it a question" unless its a "who/what/when/where/why/how many" question, of course.
Hope this helps!