I got this one correct, but I was wondering if anyone thought the speech engine read this poorly. It sounds more like a statement than a question.
No, it's fine. There's no need to change the intonation. You can tell it's a question because the subject and the verb are inverted.
Although the structure of the sentence indicates it is a question, I agree the intonation doesn't match it. The last word of the sentence should certainly be higher in intonation to indicate it is a question.
That depends on the gender of the noun "dein/e" appears with and the case. For instance, "dein Auto" ("Auto" is neuter, "das Auto"), "dein Schuh" ("Schuh" is masculine, "der Schuh"), "deine Bluse" ("Bluse" is feminine, "die Bluse"). However, "deine" is used with all plurals, non-regarding gender: "deine Autos" (neuter), "deine Blusen" (feminine), "deine Schuhe" (masculine).
Yes, though it would be
So, you have both:
Sind deine Schuhe weiß?and
Sind Ihre Schuhe weiß?.
Are your shoes white?
The former is the informal, the latter the formal address. Note, that
Ihre must be capitalized to mean (the formal) you.
"Ist dein Schuh weiß?" "Schuh" is masculine and in this sentence in nominative case, so the matching declination is "dein."
Why do we use 'sind' instead of 'bist', since 'deine' is the possessive form of 'du'?
"sind" agrees with "Schuhe". It doesn't matter if it says "meine", "deine", "seine", "ihre", "unsere" or "eure".
If the verb here agrees with "Schuhe", I take it that I know it is not bis since it is plural, but how do I know to use "sind" rather than "seid"?
In what person are we talking about the shoes in this sentence? "Seid" is 2nd person plural of "sein". If it was 2nd person plural, we'd be addressing the shoes directly. We'd be saying, "hey, you shoes, are you white?" - "Seid ihr Schuhe weiß?" - "Are you shoes white?"
But that's not the case. We are talking to someone else (namely the owner) about the shoes. So, the shoes are in third person plural. They, the shoes: Sie, die Schuhe.
Here are the conjugations of "sein" (to be):
So it must be "Sie sind", and since it's a question, the word order gets reversed:
"Sind sie weiß?"
"Sind deine Schuhe weiß?"
Cause the subject is actually "Schuhe", not "Du". "Are your shoes white?" Is the question, not "you are shoes white"
Why cant it be, 'is your shoe white?' In the dropdown menu the singular shoe is an option
The drop down menu gives for plurals often also the singular, I think. Anyway, 'Schuhe' is plural and 'Schuh' is singular, and 'sind' is plural.
I dont understand, why is "Sind deine Schuhe weiß", and now ""Sind deine Schuhe weißE" since schuhe ist plural?
Actually, you can say "Sind deine Schuhe weiße?" This could be loosely translated as "are your shoes white ones?" Or, more explicitly, "Sind deine Schuhe weiße Schuhe?" - "Are your shoes white shoes?"
So, here, "weiße" is specifically used as an adjective that goes with a noun (Schuhe) and hence matches its declination (weiße Schuhe). However, colloquially, the original sample sentence is much more commonly used and is perfectly fine. Both versions are grammatically correct, though.
Using the hover over "weiss" I see that "weiss" means "white" -this is what i learned and it also means "knows" and "know." That is very confusing.
What is this ß thing?
"ß" is not a "B" or "β" (beta)!
"ß" is used after long vowels and diphthongs (ai/eu/au/äu), and "ss" is used after short vowels.
In order to to type the "ß" character on a touch device, press and hold the "s" key and select "ß".
If this doesn't work, go to your keyboard settings on your device and enable the German keyboard.
On the website version of Duolingo, you can use the on-screen button below the box where you're supposed to write your answer
Alternatively, you can type "ss".