"The students study Latin literature."
Translation:Discipuli litteris Latinis student.
Dear the moderator,
I mistakenly answered "Discipuli litteras latinas student" (accusative rather than dative) but it's marked as correct with typo. While I think it should be marked incorrect instead. There is no option for reporting this; therefore, I am writing to inform you.
Me too. But, why introducing dative (if that is what it is and should be) in the exercises, without having mentioned it in the grammar info. And then making it worse by accepting the accusative ending as a typo!! I would prefer to have all the new things in every new chapter of exercises introduced and explained in the grammar info. I have not found any help in the grammar info about this dative following the verb studere. Is it with or without purpose introducing new grammar in the exercises that is not mentioned in the grammar info? Someone?
For what it's worth, I am experiencing the same situation. I have not been presented with any information to study in preparation. I have only been quizzed over and over. This actually works pretty well, until I got to declensions. I'm having to look up information from whatever other sources I can find just to understand what the word endings are about. And I'm not doing so well all of a sudden.. I didn't even know what declensions were until I found the information on my own. Up until this point I have been really impressed with this app. These mentions of info I apparently am assumed to have read before taking the quizzes makes me think the app is not complete, and I should be doing this at least in part online? I assume I go to duolingo.com? I just don't know. And it's frustrating.
I discovered a solution to my problem, and while I don't wish to clutter these fora, I feel I should add what I discovered: I had been using Duolingo entirely via the mobile app, and that seems to have prevented me from having access to the "Tips" sections, wherein declensions are discussed (or, indeed, any other preparatory material). I am pretty certain I didn't just overlook it.
I have to conclude that, at least for Latin, the app is not complete and a desktop/laptop is required to access some of the content. I would have been okay with that if I hadn't spent so much time and stress wondering why I was suddenly doing so badly. I very nearly stopped using the service altogether.
I should also point out that, other than this very disappointing and frustrating experience, everything else about the app was impressive to me -- not the least of which is the fact that it got me to learn as much Latin as I did with it and by Jove (heh), I do plan to continue.
To Petronus Felis - thank you so much!!! You've just explained/solved my situation entirely. The entire time, on 7 languages, I've had to learn everything through the tests alone - I've only ever used it on the phone app - it has been disheartening at times because I saw my progress slowing down here and there and now I understand that everyone is helped by tips and coaching notes!? I was having to memorize everything. I'm going to have to find a computer......But why is it like this? Why is the mobile version lacking all that vital stuff? Could someone from Duolingo answer that please?! Xx
I do not think Dative case should be taught in the Accusative lesson. Particularly for people who use the "make harder" option and are expected to produce the sentence without help from a word box. It's quite baffling that many of the questions in this lesson use the verb "studere," with no explanation of the fact that this implies a Dative case (or even what Dative means, for people not familiar with noun cases). This creates unnecessary confusion and distracts from the goal of this lesson, which should be memorization of Accusative noun forms.
Dative vs accusative.
As explained elsewhere on this page, "studere" takes the dative rather than the accusative because it means "to dedicate oneself to".
Here is a plain-English overview of what the cases are and how they work:
Latin cases, in English
Adjectives must agree in gender, number, and case with the nouns they modify, but they have their own declensions. Sometimes you get lucky and the adjective just happens to follow the same declension as the noun, but that is not a guarantee.
Discipulos is the accusative and we need the nominative.
The goal is to get to the point where you don't have to guess.
In English, "study" is a transitive verb and "Latin literature" is the direct object.
In Latin, "studere" means "to dedicate oneself to" and therefore takes the dative, not the accusative.
Please read the other comments for more details.