"The salad has carrots."
Translation:सलाद में गाजर है।
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IIRC prior to the recent update, that was indeed given as the English translation. And people used to complain that it sounded unnatural in English.
What seems to be going on here is that in English (at least in US English), we tend to only very rarely use "carrot" in an uncountable way while Hindi uses it that way more often. So, "The salad has carrots" is a more idiomatic translation.
Since this is one of those cases where an exact literal translation is possible, and since that translation is valid and in some situations better, I'd argue that both should be accepted. They can always show "The salad has carrots" as "another possible answer", hinting that we should use the idiomatic translation instead.
On a related note, I get exposed to a question "Fish and tomatoes are tasty" because I'm also doing the English-for-Hindi-speakers course to get more coverage. The debate here over "carrot" vs. "carrots" is nothing. There's open warfare over "fish" vs. "fishes." :-)
I think in Hindi you can use a singular noun to represent a class of nouns, e.g. you say "carrot" but it means "carrots". The issue here is that no one says in that way in English; we'd say "There are carrots in the salad." So at a minimum, the English phrase doesn't work.
If there's a grammatical rule that says "when you refer to a group noun, use a singular item of that noun" then maybe our Hindi plural translations are wrong, but the English should certainly use plural.
As i understand it, Carrot is masculine and therefore is written in the same form in both singular and plural. However the is, are form HONA if i remember it right is still the expression for a singular noun. Is it then the salad in singular? Maybe, BUT how shall i know that there are more than one carrot in the salad?
Well, "salad" is the object of the preposition में in Hindi, so "carrot" is the subject. Given that the sentence says "carrots", I don't see why the plural form of होना can't be used. Unless...Hindi always uses the singular for "carrot" (like we say "fish" or "rice" or "watermelon" in the singular in English -- singluaria tantum).