In what instance would one ever use such a sentence in English? Maybe if your last name was ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ and you asked your father "Hey dad, why is our last name ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤?" and he replied "The last name is what it is".
After thinking of various possibilities, I translated the above, looked at it, said this is stupid, clicked the button, was SHOCKED that I was correct. I do not appreciate having to take time with nonsensical sentences that are of no value.
No, but if the sentences don't make any sense, like this one, then they are much harder to understand/translate. Duolingo should be able to come up with some sentences that are entertaining without adding an additional and unnecessary challenge
Well, maybe because in English the majority of surnames are neutral. In my country, for example, many people unfortunately bear surnames that this sentence could apply to. It's like living in Shire - or even worse.
Another strange sentence translation. I mistyped so got it wrong and duo's CORRECT sentence was "the surname is what it's". When I was teaching I would have berated any of my students for that sentence!
Can a native speaker explain to me why quello is part of this sentence? I would have thought the phrase "..is what it is" would simply be "è che è". It's obvious I am missing something, well, obvious, vero?