"Innen gibt es einen Fernseher und ein Sofa."

April 17, 2013


Duolingo claims "televisor" is correct but ''television" is wrong. Is this British English?

April 17, 2013

No, this sounds more like Startrek-English. Please report it, it should read 'television'. See here:

April 17, 2013

I've reported it.

April 23, 2013

Fernsehen is not neutral?

April 25, 2013

'der Fernseher' = 'the TV set'

'das Fernsehen' = 'the television' (in general)

Colloquially you can also use 'das Fernsehen' for a TV set. (I wouldn't use it)

April 25, 2013

This might be because I'm not a native English speaker, but do you have to repeat the indefinite article (a) in English in an enumeration? I usually tend not to, but Duolingo insists it should be 'a TV and a sofa', rater than 'a TV and sofa'. Or would dropping the article in German also be acceptable, but is the answer wrong because it is explicitly included here?

May 23, 2013

There isn't a hard rule, but it's usually preferable to use the article for each item in a series to show they are separate items rather than one multi-tasking thing.

OK, "a TV and sofa" are presumably two separate things because we aren't familiar with a combination. "A camera and phone" sounds like one cell phone, however, whereas "a camera and a phone" would seem to be two separate devices.

You might say someone is "a teacher, philosopher, and member of the thought police," but say "A teacher, a philiosopher, and a member of the thought police walk into a bar . . . ."

May 24, 2013

In German, you can't drop the second article.

May 24, 2013
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