Why isn't it The child has turtles?
the child would be barnet. Also, barn is ett-word, so in plural definite form (the children) all ett-words (that ends with a consonant), ends with suffix -en.
I'm a learner too, so I hope it is correct and I hope this will help you :)
how to know it is "the children" not "children"
Because barn has the article ett, in the plural it stays as barn.
Ett barn= a child
Barnet= the child
Barnen= the children
So how long does it take to be able to use all these plurals fluently in everyday speech for non-native speakers?
Impossible to give a general answer. With practice, time and patience, one will learn eventually.
That lies, the statement ‘the children have the turtles’ is quite right!
No, that would be Barnen har sköldpaddorna.
Thank you! It is correct.
How do you say sköldpaddor? I tried over and over, but still no possitive outcome. Are there more people with this problem?