"The family is on vacation."
Translation:Die Familie macht Urlaub.
and why macht? is something in english like: the family makes vacation? Is there any other way to say that the family is on vacation?
Why did they just teach me Urlaub and now only accept Ferien? I think DL needs many more 'pop-up' explanations to facilitate learning.
I agree there should be more pop up explanations. Maybe it would make the app slower? Have the people behind Duolingo explained their thoughts?
DUO gives "Die Familie ist in den Ferien" as one of the correct solutions. I wonder if anyone would be so kind to explain why it uses "in den Ferien"? Isn't Ferien neuter? And why the "in" instead of "auf"? I can't wrap my head around
Ferien doesn't have a singular form, it's only plural - die Ferien. In dative the plural 'die' transforms to 'den'.
Is that a typo? Also, Die Familie is treated as singular, given Urlaben is correct, it'd be something like urlabt(?).
this is not an existing verb in German (though it would probably understood as funny way to phrase it)
Duolingo accepted "Die Familie macht Ferien." and also "Die Familie hat Ferien."
So is family always treated as singular in German? Because both 'The family is on vacation' and 'the family are on vacation' could work in English, but Duo didn't accept 'Die Familie machen Urlaub'.
Yeah, I'd say the same is true in English. Family is pretty much always singular.
The plural of family in German is die FamilieN - you wrote the singular form (Familie) in your sentense with a verb for plural and that is why your sentense is not correct.