Great! We appreciate reports. However, having said that, please don't report when plural apostrophes are marked as incorrect, because that is a bug in all of Duolingo and not something we can fix in the Swedish course. :( It's terribly annoying and we are very sorry about it, but we have literally hundreds of reports about it already, and we can't do anything at all about it.
Äpple is a slightly irregular ett-word that gets -n in plural indefinite as opposed to the normal ett-words that don't change.
Äpple is a very regular ett-word. All ett-words which end in a vowel have -n for plural indefinite and -na for plural definite.
the girl's apples would be flickans äpplen (one girl owns the apples)
the girls' apples means flickornas äpplen (the apples belong to more than one girl)
r + n merge together to create what is called a retroflex sound. There's a good comment about those by Joel__W here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5522768$comment_id=6393661 – wikipedia also has a good article with sound clips https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retroflex_consonant
It's a bug and it's been reported, but we have no idea how long it will take to get it fixed.
girls' is correct here, actually. But Duolingo still tries to correct you for it.
Well, you know how you put 's after a word to show that it owns something? For instance: "the girl's apple" means there's an apple and it belongs to the girl.
When there are more than one of something, and the word ends in an s, you move the ' to the end of the word instead, to show that there are multiple owners. So that's why you get "the girls' apple", so you know that there are more girls than just one.
Can someone please provide the different words in swedish for the girls' and the girl's?
- the girl's apple = flickans äpple
- the girls' apple = flickornas äpple
It should not. It's girl's for one girl, girls' for more than one.
I had choice of two wrong answers. "Girls book" or "girls's book". I took one that indicates possessive.
You didn't get a third choice? That's really odd - especially since there is no book in this sentence.
I'm not having any issues with apostrophes at all. The platform seems to be working fine
Got a little confused here. I thought the translation should be "The girls' apples" as displayed here, but the words I could choose from only included "girls" (without apostrophe) and "The girls apples" was accepted, which is not correct as far as I know.
Yeah, I absolutely get your confusion. Unfortunately, Duolingo's system is pretty crap with plural apostrophes, as evidenced by the many comments on this here. :/
It is not. Please refer to the many other comments on that issue.
I understand that it should be written as girls', but when that option isn't provided, I think girls's is closer then girls.
Unfortunately, we cannot control how the system chooses to display options. If it happens again that you don't get enough alternatives to construct the correct sentence, would you mind getting a screenshot? I'd love to have something to send to the developers.
Why do I see no comments when the counter says there should be 43? Anyway, why no apostrophe to signify the possessive in the English answer?
There are actually loads on comments about that in this very thread. Unfortunately, the Android app often doesn't load the comments for whatever reason - but if you have email notifications on, you should be given a link to the thread so that you can read the replies. :)
the app showed me the real answer is 'the girls apples' without the ', isn't that wrong?
I agree. Unfortunately, there is a bug with plural apostrophes. Please see the many other comments on that issue.