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May 25, 2017...
But seems it is not just the Portuguese version:
I cannot tell what other languages might also be having this problem. However, this is a site bug, not the course at fault here so reporting will not help here.
I did however file an official report a couple months ago via the support page Luis linked to in his comment (along with the usual report button) and so far have heard nothing back.
The bad part is there are people who do not really know better (who do not read the discussions either) and will think they were wrong (that DL must be right) which will perpetuate more errors in everyday life, especially for those who are also learning English here.
Maybe we just need the learn the Portuguese word for "zen" here. :)
The course creators can do nothing. It is a sitewide bug affecting all English translations that have a possessive "apostrophe" at the end of the word.
From my last comment on this thread, there are several other languages that have the same sentence and if you read their discussions, they are just as frustrated.
These are just a few:
"The girls' apples" is one of the correct sentences (the sentence that shows up in the discussions is always the sentence we consider the best at translating a given Portuguese sentence). I've personally completed the lesson and I got that sentence right.
If for some reason your question wasn't validated, you can always send a bug report to our team and let them know: https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
P.S. We've received several wrong reports of people who placed their apostrophes in a wrong fashion [either by leaving no space between the two words (girls'apples) or by leaving the apostrophe alone between them (girls ' apples). Please make sure you don't make a similar mistake in this or any other sentences.
I am denied access to (20 March 2017) https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/requests/new This problem is still as stated in this discussion 2 years ago. Just correct answer, the girls (sic) apples, to standard English.
The sentence translation that shows up at the top of the discussion is correct. The DL solution for the exercise that shows up when we enter the translation correctly is not correct (the DL answer is missing all apostrophes, for zero possessives in the sentence) and we are told we are "almost correct" (for including the possessive) and that the answer should be, "The girls apples." (sic)
Seriously, it is not us, and if so many people are "wrong" then maybe it's not everyone else...
I used the android app on a Samsung tablet. It puts the spaces automatically. Seriously, Its the Brasilian I have trouble with. I DO know how to write English. I DO know where to put apostrophes in English. Its was correct when it failed my answer. Anyway, why is it testing my English punctuation when I am trying to learn a different language?
Yes. If we are not referring to a specific thing or situation, the sentence would use indefinite articles, if the articles are needed. Languages do not always agree on when to use definite article, indefinite articles, or no articles at all. We need context to know which articles to use. But DL doesn't give a context, just isolated sentences. So it is hard to learn them in DL.
Yes, the plural of ônibus is just ônibus. The same is valid for lápis, cais, grátis and other words that I can't remember now. However, when the word that ends in -s has the stress on the last syllable or it is a stressed monosyllable, -es is added to the plural form.
- freguês - fregueses
- país - países
- gás - gases
- mês - meses
- deus - deuses (Is it a stressed monosyllable?)
Exception: cós whose the plural form is also cós.
What app are you using? I use my laptop computer and Google Chrome. On the screen that shows the correct answer, there are 2 buttons on the bottom left. One says Report and one says Discussion. I click on the Report button, and it gives me a list of kinds of problems to report. I click one of them and also describe it in the field for notes. It may be different for other apps. I have not seen a Report button on my Android cell phone app, but I haven't looked for it there.
It also would actually be, The apples are the girls' with the possessive apostrophe at the end if this form is chosen.
Otherwise it becomes like a fruity play with the apple roles performed by the girls.
Meanwhile, Its should be It's for the contraction of "it is" as the possessive for it does not have the apostrophe.