Obviously one to many uisge-beatha.
How do you pluralize that? We seem to have a few hyphenated terms. Taigh-beag, now taigh-seinnse. Does the pluralization come of the first part (uisge and taigh) or the second. Seems like is should be the first part. We pluralize "court martial" as "courts martial."
Terminology isn't always used correctly. In particular most people don't realise that there is a word for a pub with rooms - inn. Most people know that Mary and Joseph were hoping to get a room at the inn, but have not made the connection to an inn having rooms by definition as lots of places that people just think of as pubs (that may or may not actually have rooms) have inn in the name.
This is relevant because the meaning has changed. Faclair.com gives the new meaning ('pub') on the left hand side and the old meaning ('inn', 'change-house') on the right. Taigh-seinnse is actually an attempt at saying change-house in Gaelic, and it refers to where you could stop on a long journey, and, if necessary, change horses. So a taigh-seinnse would always have had rooms in the past.
Usually when people report this it is due to an unseen typo, but I think something else may be happening here, as you are the second person to report this in two days, and someone had a problem on another very similar question, three days ago.
Duolingo diagnostics are very poor, as there is no way to see now exactly what you wrote and what it claimed was the correct answer. If you are using a computer or certain browsers on a phone you can copy and paste your wrong answer and their corrected answer into a post. This is not possible on the app or other phone browsers. So the next person this happens to, if you can, please paste the two answers in here so we can examine them.
But even without that, do you remember exactly what you wrote and its correction? Again, the next person with this problem may be able to answer, especially when I suggest what we are looking for. The questions are
- Did you write a' cadal or a cadal?
- Did it say you should have written nam chadal?
On the other question I referred to, the difference between the two answers was only one letter per word, and that counts as a typo. But here the difference between a' (or a) and nam is two letters, so that counts as an error.
Basically we are in a mess due to two different opinions about correct Gaelic. Why this fault has only come to light in the last few days is not obvious as they have been accepting both versions for ages. One possibility is that they have bowed to pressure and are in the process of removing the a' cadal from the system. That will be messy as it is simpler than the 'correct' version and therefore taught at a much earlier place in the course.
But for the moment, we just need to wait until you or someone else confirms what the 'corrected' sentence is.
I didn't write anything, this was an exercise where I had to click on the right words. Understandably Duolingo has computer glitches, just as in last week when after working hard to maintain a 261 day streak, Duolingo insists that I missed ONE day, and so set me back to ZERO!
I really don't care about the streak, I'm just here to learn, and I can keep track myself of how many lessons I have done!
Well do you recall if the tile had a or a', and if it had cadal or chadal, or if you had a choice. Because if it made you use chadal then you have to use nam. The problem is that the writers have to allow both structures, in case it's a writing question, then Duolingo picks one at random if it's a tiles question, ignoring the fact that one of the options may be stuff that has not been covered by this stage of the course, and is only included because some people might use it. Even if you had covered it, it makes very unfair questions, as you may be forced to use one tile very similar to what you wanted, and then that changes the whole of the rest of the sentence.
What Duolingo needs is an option for the writers to mark some answers as preferred, and others as acceptable but not preferred. Then in needs to use only the preferred ones for the tiles and for the wrong answers in a 'choose the sentence' question.
Thanks for the suggestion. I had the exact same problem, and when you first get that red error at the bottom of the screen, it includes the correct answer while you can still read your own answer at the top. I compared word-for-word twice, and I was absolutely correct, though I did click the hyphenated choice. After reading your post, I instead clicked the separate words instead of the hyphenated choice, and it was accepted. So, again, thank you.
Yes. I have seen one of the mods saying that, so it's official. However I have never had that problem myself, so I can only imagine it is a fault on one of the platforms. But I definitely agree that if you are having any problems then avoid tiles with hyphens. There always seems to be the alternative provided, with two separate words.