Does the addition of 'mat' sound as weird in Swedish as it does in English or is it required in this sentence?
I've always felt that äta mat sounds a bit stupid, but that's just my personal opinion.
Why do we need the 'mat'? Would vi äter nu be acceptable? Perhaps it doesnt specify that it is food that we are eating, but it is acceptable in english, so thought i would ask.
Vi - you ; Ni - we - Esperanto
Vi - we ; Ni - you - Swedish
My mind doesn't like it.
This word order sounds formal in an odd way. It isn't totally grammatically wrong, but it's unnatural enough not to be an accepted answer.
nu is a time adverbial and those typically prefer to go at the end or start of a sentence. The kind of adverbial that typically does go in that place [= between 'äter' and 'mat' in this example] are sentence adverbials (the kind of adverbial that modifies the whole sentence or says something about the speaker's attitude to the whole sentence) inte, 'not' is a typical example, which would go there: Vi äter inte mat.
if I put 'nu' at the beginning of this sentence, then would it be 'nu ater vi mat' ?
It isn't necessary like in Jag lagar mat, you can definitely say Vi äter nu (and that sounds much better, in my opinion).
In the 'select the right words to form the sentence' exercise the word 'food' want an option - is that intentional, or just a quirk of Duo?