There hasn't been any discussion on this one in awhile ... I'll add what I learned: Regardless of whether you are referring to a masculine or feminine noun, use quale for singular, use quali for plurals, use qual only when the following word is e (is). This lesson sentence "Qual e il tuo gatto" is asking about a single cat. For more than one cat, you'd say "Quali sono i tuoi gatti? Here's an example with Quale: Quale gatto e la tua?
I agree. If the meanings are equivalent, they should both count as variations of correct responses. If they are not equivalent, the people developing this item should write the Italian translation for "Which cat is yours?" as opposed to "Which is your cat?" so that students online can understand the distinction.
A very smart remark. But still, I think there is a "consistency issue" here. Both meanings are the same and, normally, Dulingo doesn't make a distinction between the two. More importantly, there is the same example in this exercise where both answers are accepted.
- Qual è il tuo libro?
Which is your book? Which book is yours?
In the same sentence, only with a penguin instead of a cat,
"Qual è il tuo gatto?"
"Qual è il tuo pinguino?"
Duo accepts three different answers:
Duo Question ) Qual è il tuo pinguino?
Accepted Ans' 1) Which is your penguin?
Accepted Ans' 2) Which one is your penguin?
Accepted Ans' 3) Which penguin is yours?
So why doesn't it accept it here?
I've reported this, and so should you.
" ̶q̶u̶a̶l̶'̶è̶" is a fairly common mistake even among italian native speakers. But the proper word is qual è (without apostrophe)
which is ...? = qual è ...?
what is ...? = qual è ...? or cos'è ...?
ᅳ what is your favorite color? = qual è il tuo colore preferito?
ᅳ what is the circle of life? = cos'è il cerchio della vita? http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=877807=14
Most of the time it is simply that the "e" is missing so that "qual" can go before a vowel (as in the above phrase) while "quale" goes in front of everything else. The meaning, "which" or "what" in the context of asking for specific information, remains the same. The exception is that "quale" can be used for "which one" as in "quale vuoi" (Which one would you like.)
Qual è = Which is
il tuo gatto? = your cat?
Quale gatto = Which cat
è tuo? = is yours?
If you find it difficult to understand the subtle difference in these two phrases, change "cat" to "girlfriend", and then imagine that question being asked in a roomful of women. :D
Which girlfriend is yours?
Which is your girlfriend?
Hope this helps.