Translation:How many stars are there in Great Bear?
When I did this lesson, the correct answer was, "How many stars are there in Great Bear."
I reported it because I think the answer should be, "How many stars are there in the Great Bear."
If there is a town called Great Bear, then how many people are there in Great Bear would be correct, but in English, constellations have to be preceeded by the definite article.
I could be wrong, but I don't entirely agree with constellations having to be preceded by the definite article. You would hear "Betelgeuse is a star in Orion" rather than "Betelgeuse is a star in the Orion".
A more direct comparison with "Polaris is in Ursa Minor", but "Polaris is in the Little Dipper". It's more dependent on the constellation itself, rather than a rule for all constellations
There are all sorts of people. I, for one, enjoy learning about new things, googling pictures of lörtsy, Ursa Major, stories about the hedgehog groom. This is the fun part of learning a language, and the fresh eyes with which you can look at the world and think about whether it is tässä or täällä.
Orion is the proper name of a human figure. And the Latinate names are more like proper nouns in that they are the name of a specific thing. With proper nouns, you generally don't use an article in English. For example, you don't say "the Steve", it's just "Steve".
On the other hand, the words "great bear" and "big dipper" are just an adjective and a generic noun. You need either an indefinite (a/an) or a definite article (the) with these nouns.
Hello. As a person who has learned two other languages (mostly) fluently, I am yet again challenged by learning Finnish. The teachers (I am also studying Finnish outside of duolingo) present it as a language that follows rules to a rigorous degree, but this concept repeatedly falls apart with examples like this particular statement...it is a language based on common conceptions of reality. I was not raised in Finland, so I don't know about this bear constellation. I find Finnish magical, but I don't want to lose points because I don't understand nature in the same way. I am also really starting to feel this way about the partitive case. It's use is predicated on a conception of reality that I am finding hard to grasp. Ideas of 'wholeness' vs 'parts'. I am willing to surf this out, but it is interesting to have to grasp entire concepts of reality in order to have proper grammar. geez,