I can see no reason why "Fortunately, it's not dead." was not accepted. Am I wrong and just missing something, or is Duo wrong?
Duo is wrong. It's correct to say.
Yes it could be he/it
I agree. One could be referring to an animal or insects.
duolingo is wrong in this one! :(
I think they do not consider animals here
More death from duo
How would one know if its he she or it is not dead.
If it were she it would be "morta"
"it is not dead" is still, wrongly, not accepted.
Because you need to put fortunately.
I also translate the phrase it is not dead , maybe a mascular animal like un cavallo
I am fed up with synonyms proposed in "hint" by Duolingo, which are not accepted. It's perfectly correct to say "Happily, he is not dead".
so what is wrong with "happily he is not dead"?
I have no idea. It seems a possible translation (or DL wouldn't offer it, presumably) and it sounds fine to me as a native English speaker.
È davvero fortunato questo!
"Fortunately, she is not dead."
Fortunately you are not dead if speaking formally ??