"This food is good."
Translation:هٰذا الْأَكْل طَيِّب.
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I have a perpetual problem here with words using the superscript alif: my keyboard does not have it, so I cannot put it in my answer. According to the wikipedia article on superscript alif, most Arabic keyboards don't have it. This question requires "this" (hatha) in the answer: if I hover the cursor over "this", I get three different spellings, one with superscript alif, one with noting, and one with the short vowel. If you put in either of the others, it is rejected. So, what am I supposed to do? I can fudge it by going to the word bank, but I want to learn how to type this stuff on my own. I got in touch with the duolingo staff about this, who said that something would be done, but as far as I can tell nothing has been done. What do you people do about this? And do you think that this is good enough?
Compare German "Essen." The same word is used for both "eating" and "food" by some Arabs. In Arabic, infinitives in general are much more heavy-duty than their English counterparts, and it's very common to also use them to refer to the object of the process, or the result, rather than just the process itself.