Translation:At the restaurant, the children's mothers and fathers are sitting.
Shouldn't this be correct "At the restaurant are sitting the children's mothers and fathers"
No. You'd be understood if you said that, but it's a fairly awkward word order. English wants to put the verb after the actor(s) in question.
Thanks it's quite more difficult for me because I'm Spanish and I have to learn Swedish thru English. Have a lingot!
If you said the translated version in America people would understand you, but it would sound Very odd. "The children's mothers and fathers are sitting in the restaurant." makes much more sense. Being lazy we'd even more likely say, "The kids' parents are in the restaurant.", but that's not the best way to learn the Swedish words for mothers and fathers. :-)
Certainly. This is one of the cases where the default English translation is off because it is necessary to aid the reverse translation exercise.
Since children is the plural form, you write children’s in English and not childrens’.
Does "In the restaurant the mothers and fathers of the children are sitting" sound too awkward?
I think it does sound awkward, but not grammatically incorrect. It's not a translation I'd recommend though, so I hesitate to tell you to report it.
For some reason, " kids' " is 'almost correct' here, and the correct one is " kids "... silly Duolingo.
It's mostly due to the structure of the English sentence. While it is more usual to say "the children's parents are sitting at the restaurant", you could just as well say "at the restaurant, the children's parents are sitting" just for emphasis. It works for the Swedish sentence the same way, so you could as well say "barnens mädrar och fäder sittar på restaurangen." Hope this helps!
Great example of V2 that isn't obvious when reading from an English point of view. Is this OVS? Could I also write:
"Barnens mödrar och fäder sitter på restaurangen." S: Barnens mödrar och fäder V: sitter O: på restaurangen
Yes, absolutely, though I do not know if it is accepted - since constructional rewrites tend to not be. As a real-world sentence, it is excellent. :)
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Well in English it should be something like "the children's fathers and mothers are sitting at the restaurant". Or "at the restaurant sit the children's fathers and mothers".
We accept both of those options and many others as well. But like I wrote above, this is one of those sentence where the default needs to be unidiomatic for the sake of the reverse translation option.
The default is perfectly grammatical if you add a comma, though. "At the restaurant, ... are sitting". I'll see to that it's added.
Yes, it's really awkward in English and not natural at all to have the parts of the sentence in that order. But, it' Swedish that I'm learning so I'll go along with it. I have two questions: 1 - is this normal, in Swedish, to start the sentence/thought with the location? 2 - how would you invert this sentence to make a question? Tack!
To be fair, Barnens mammor och pappor sitter på restaurangen would be the most natural construction in Swedish as well. But you may encounter this construction as well. I'd say it sounds the most natural in certain contexts, like a narrative - in which case it works for English as well.
As for making it a question, I'd go with Sitter barnens mammor och pappor på restaurangen?
Tried "At the restaurant the children's mothers and fathers are sitting. I always get that children's is wrong, even though I put children and the 's provided. What am I getting wrong?
You're not getting anything wrong - apart from a comma, which should be irrelevant, your translation is exactly as the default provided. You really should not be marked wrong.
My answer, 'In the restaurant sits the children's mothers and fathers.' may not be colloquial, but I believe it is at least literary. BTW, I find waxing Shakespearean at times helps me with Swedish. Charming language!
mdhein, in your sentence you need to write sit rather than sits. The [plural subject] sit ...
...children's mothers and fathers I will wait for the day I would use this sentence in a real life conversation... are you kidding me?
I really don't find anything weird with this sentence whatsoever. Not likely to be said in practice in its entirety, sure, but "children's", "mothers and fathers", "in the restaurant", etc. are all perfectly common.