The three Germanic languages are already starting to get mixed up in my head. I like to repeat the sentence after the speaker and I said: Een jongen ate den Apfel.
neither A boy eats Apple or The boy eats Apple is accepted. I cannot get past this sentence. Very annoying.
I've tried "A boy is eating the apple" and "A boy eats the apple". Neither are accepted, though the correct translation given is "A boy eats the apple". Reported, but I, as well, can't get past this sentence to end the lesson.
It sounds like it was a multiple choice question, in which case you have to select all correct answers.
We have: De- words (the) · De stoel (the chair) · De aap (the monkey) Het- words (the) · Het kind (the child)
You can place "een" (a/an) before all the words · Een stoel · Een aap · Een kind
But: ·HET stoelTJE (little chair) ·HET aapJE (little monkey) ·HET kindJE (little child)
So if you make a word "smaller", it becomes a het- word
Well that is actually similar to German, where words ending in "-chen" or "-lein" (diminutives) are neuter, such as "das Mädchen"
Congugation of eten:
- ik eet = I eat
- jij/u eet = you eat (singular)
- hij/zij/het eet = he/she/it eats
- wij eten = we eat
- jullie eten = you eat (plural)
- zij eten = they eat
Ate is past tense, that would be at (singular) or aten (plural) in Dutch.
So, the issue here is with English. 'eats' can mean 'does eat' OR 'is eating'. Ik eet or de jongen eet has a specific meaning: it is happening now.
"I eat apples" (Ik eet appelen) in English can be a declaration (I am known to eat apples), and if we add a definitive article - I eat THE apples - it becomes ambiguous. It sounds strange to a native speaker but it is technically not improper grammar and carries the same meaning as 'I am eating the apples.'
Better example of this in action: I sleep. ("And now I sleep.") It is ambiguous and could also mean that you do (at times) sleep, depending on context, but does not sound so strange as "I eat."
The app is inconsistent with punctuation. If there is not punctuation present and you place it on the end of the sentence, it is correct, but if you do not place it when it is present, it is incorrect.