"There are a lot of stairs in this apartment building."
Translation:Il y a beaucoup d'escaliers dans cet immeuble.
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I feel like a more literal translation of escalier would be "staircase" or "set of stairs" but this is usually an inelegant translation to use in a sentence - you don't really say "he is going down the staircase". In the case of the apartment, I would presume there are multiple sets of stairs and not one big staircase, so I guess that is why we are it is talking about plural escaliers.
The translation is "building" and does not describe apartment building as was asked in the exercise. Is the translation for immueble limited to apartment buildings? I thought it could be any building. Does the French word apartments not refer to the building? I'm confused.
if you reported it, there is nothing else to be done. this is a quiz and new material is being tested. we have been presented with 'immeuble', and it's not unreasonable for duowl to want you to use new material in your answer. it's not unreasonable to think that 'immeuble d'appartements' is redundant. 'bâtiment d'appartement' might be acceptable. https://www.wordreference.com/fren/immeuble and https://www.wordreference.com/fren/appartement and https://www.wordreference.com/enfr/apartment%20building
Because it is not "des escaliers" it is "beaucoup de escaliers", which because two vowels are next to each other shortens it to "beaucoup d'escaliers". you can have "l'escalier" for a singular set of stairs but "les escaliers" for multiple sets, which doesn't get shortened because the s in "les" means there aren't two vowels next to each other.
Why is "Il y a beaucoup d'escaliers dans cet appartement" incorrect? If we're talking about an apartment building, is it really necessary to put "immeuble"? Are there any distinctions between an apartment and an apartment building in French?
'apartment' may be an 'apartment building' in english but 'appartement' might not be 'an appartment building' in french. https://www.wordreference.com/fren/appartement and https://www.wordreference.com/enfr/apartment%20building