"Philadelphia and Rome are cities."

Translation:Philadelphia et Roma sunt urbes.

August 28, 2019

18 Comments


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

... urbes sunt sounds more like it.

August 28, 2019

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

Strongly agree.

August 28, 2019

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

Same tbh

August 28, 2019

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

urbes sunt is also an acceptable form

August 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/david.megginson

With a different exercise, I tried something similar to "Philadelphia Romaque urbes sunt", but Duo didn't like the "-que" for "and".

August 29, 2019

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

Yes. -que needs to be an acceptable alternative. So too alternating word order.

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/david.megginson

They're pretty good about accepting suggested alternatives during the beta phase (they've accepted >15 of mine already), so I'll start using -que in some answers and then clicking "My answer should have been accepted." That's a good way to contribute as beta testers.

August 30, 2019

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

Too many American examples

August 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/david.megginson

Yes, especially since the Romans were actually in Britain, so British examples for English speakers would make more historical sense.

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RachelHill709913

Does reporting "My answer should have been accepted" let the creators know what my answer was? I am noticing a lot of errors with word order.

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/david.megginson

Yes, it does. I've never seen the interface (not being an editor or developer for DuoLingo), but I imagine it groups together the suggestions after normalising for case, punctuation, whitespace, etc., something along the lines of

23 people have suggested "urbes sunt". [Accept] [Reject]

I'll also guess that the DuoLingo quiz engine wasn't written with flexible word order in mind (it was designed for analytic languages), so for Latin, they have to do it the hard way add every possible word order separately. Eventually, we'll get most of the alternatives for most of the questions down, if enough of us keep reporting, and the editors keep up with their reviewing, but it is forcing them to do things the hard way (it would be better if DuoLingo had a design option for "accept these words in any order").

September 3, 2019

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

Actually, DuoLingo does offer other languages where word order changes emphasis e.g. Russian so it is probably down to the course constructors putting in one answer, knowing that others will be picked up by Beta users.

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Az.0

Duo doesnt take "urbes sunt" as acceptable answer.

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gsp732649

wrote: Philadelphia et Roma urbes sunt--and duo marked it wrong. no intellego.

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gsp732649

non intellego. #$&#@%+autocorrect!

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FilippoDai2

why it doesn't accept Philadelphia Romaque civitates sunt

September 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/david.megginson

I reported the same thing with a different question. I think -que isn't high on their list of alternatives to accept, but fingers crossed that they'll get to it.

September 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rolf122048

"sunt urbes" or "urbes sunt" are both correct, but normally, one is taught that the verb should come last.

September 20, 2019
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