"Ella tiene la edad máxima."
Translation:She has the maximum age.
Wait, what? I guess I have heard (and said) things like "She's got x" before, but age isn't really an owned thing in English. If they really want it to be "She has" I have no idea why they would want this.
Can you maybe give an example of this used in a sentence?
I answered you elsewhere, but the short answer is I don't there's any good reason to insist this should be "she has" and reject "she is." I believe that's currently a Duo error.
It's not required at all. There's just some confusion over Duo's proposed correction, which offers "she's" as a replacement for "she is." If you start with "she has" everything should be fine, though many users seem to bristle at the idea of saying "she has" in this context.
Thus, the main issue is Duo's rejection of the verb "to be" in the English translation. We know that Spanish sometimes uses tener where English uses "to be" (e.g., tengo hambre - "I'm hungry", tiene cinco años - "she is five years old," etc.). For some reason, that translation doesn't seem to work here. Many of us believe that is wrong and that Duo should accept "she is the maximum age."
Yeah, I realized later that was what the issue was. Users are bristling though, because in English age isn't really a thing that you have so much as a thing that you are. I would actually argue that it isn't merely that Duolingo should accept "She is the maximum age" but that it specifically should not accept "She has the maximum age". While, if someone said that I would understand what they meant, I would be a little confused as to why they said it that way.
For the English learners who think the stuff we say here will help them!! :-)
Spanish uses tener for age (just as French uses avoir), but English uses to be. "She has nineteen years" is not the form in English, we say "She is nineteen years old", or, more likely, "She is nineteen".
This is where Spanish gets confusing compared to English. For age they use the word "tener" (to have) as in 'you have years of existence', not 'you are years of age' like in English. It literally translates to "she has the maximum age" but in English it means "she is the maximum age." like to qualify for the kids menu or be too old for a kiddie ride or something.