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'Haben Insekten eine Lunge?'

This sentence in the German Body 2 skill is mistranslated as 'Do insects have a lung?' but there's no way to report it. If you click on the report button, there's only three options, and none of them are to report an unnatural English sentence.

I've noticed that a lot - why does it happen?

This is the discussion on that sentence: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/11107946

June 30, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

But "do insects have a lung" is a good translation of this sentence. Why do you think this to be mistranslated? Maybe "do insects have lungs" is more appropriate in some way, but the given sentence is nevertheless correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SeanMay4

For the reasons I wrote above.

But also bear this in mind: 'Eine Lunge' doesn't just mean 'a lung', it means 'lungs' or 'a pair of lungs', too.

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/12696243/Die-Lunge

Imagine a picture of some people. Each person is wearing a hat. Which sentence is correct?

  1. The people have hats.
  2. The people have a hat.

Imagine a language in which there were no plurals and the literal translation of the equivalent sentence is 'The people have (a) hat.' But it's the same picture - multiple people, multiple hats. The correct English translation would still be 'The people have hats', even if you could form a grammatically correct, word-for-word translation from the sentence in the other language.

Additionally, very few animals have a single lung - some snakes, the lungfish. The vast majority of animals have two lungs.

Do mammals have lungs? Yes, they do.

Do mammals have a lung? No - they have two lungs. Each.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Priit_

What is wrong with the sentence translation?

Haben insekten eine Lunge

Do all types of insects only have 1 lung


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SeanMay4

'Eine Lunge' doesn't just mean 'a lung', it means 'lungs' or 'a pair of lungs', too.

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/12696243/Die-Lunge

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