"The girls are a little sad."
Translation:Las chicas están un poco tristes.
The posts are marked "1 month ago", which seems to be Duolingo's relevant form of timekeeping.
Because that isn't the convention.
If I understand it correctly and when both verbs are the equivalent of the English "to be", "ser" usually indicates permanence while "estar" indicates "at the moment".
To wit: "Yo estoy en California" (because although I've lived here for 35 years, I could be in Arizona in a couple of hours). But "Yo soy de Florida" (because no matter where I roam, I will always be from Florida).
A lot of these usages become matters of convention; so even if I somehow know I will remain in California forever (let's say I'm locked up for life without parole), the verb for current location remains "estar".
IIRC, it's the same with adjectives. Some have come to use estar or ser according to custom and we just have to memorize them (which is why it is GREAT that DL now gives us so many more drills).
I don't like the way I worded some of the above. In sentences regarding location, forget about permanent v. temporary.
"Estar" is always used to indicate current location, even in a question where that location is unknown. "Yo estoy en California. Tú estás en tu habitación. Él está en la clase. Nosotros estamos en el sótano. El ratón está sobre la mesa. ¿Dónde están ustedes?" Etc.
"Ser" is used for place of origin. "Yo soy de la Florida." (The "la" seems to be optional now.) "Ella es de España." And so forth.
"Las niñas" should have been accepted. If that was the only error, you should report it.
I am having trouble trying to make everthing plural that comes after the subject and verb. I put unas pocas tristes. Help please.
Not everything that comes after subject + verb is SUPPOSED to be plural. In this case, "a little" is an adverb that modifies the adjective. Nothing plural about it. The girls are a little sad. = "Las chicas son un poco tristes."