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"Vi äter kockarnas mat."

Translation:We eat the cooks' food.

February 10, 2015


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After a word in the genitive, we cannot have a definite noun in Swedish. You don't do that in English either: you don't say the cooks' the food.

The fact that we know the food is owned by someone is enough to make the other noun definite by extension (or, since we already know the food is not just any food, but the cooks' food, it is definite semantically). So if you would re-phrase the cooks' food into an 'of' construction, both the cooks and the food need to be definite.

Therefore, kockarnas mat is equivalent to the food of the cooks, not food of the cooks.

February 19, 2015


Thank you!

October 16, 2019


Using the mobile app... again no apostrophe is included.

March 2, 2016


What do you mean it s not included? Don t you have ' on the keyboard?

April 8, 2016


No, the same thing is happening to me. It's giving the correct answer in English as "the cooks food" instead of "the cooks' food."

June 30, 2016


Same. I'm on desktop and while it's accepting "cooks' food" as an answer, it says "Almost correct!" and is recommending "cooks food" as the preferred answer.

July 1, 2016


Weird, weirder, weirdest.

On the laptop: Duo accepts 'cooks' food' with the remark 'Almost correct!', recommending 'We eat the cooks food' as the correct answer and gives as 'Another correct solution: We eat the cooks' food.'

July 3, 2016


There's some kind of bug here. It's been reported to Duo but it's correctly coded in the incubator so there's nothing more we as contributors can do about it. I have no idea when/if it will be fixed.

July 4, 2016


Yeah, it's kinda annoying. But at least it accepts the answer.

August 11, 2016


7 months later and it's still there :/

March 12, 2017


I think "cooks food" is a kind of pie they make next to barber shops.

September 6, 2017


@chemoelectric Peter Jöback performs it in Stockholm but I think only the intro is in Svenska.

September 6, 2017


I just reported it again - hope never dies ;-)

August 17, 2016


You can use chef instead

November 1, 2016


Omg I thought it said at first we ARE the cooks' food!!

November 26, 2015


Vi är kockarnas mat.

August 24, 2016


Just to clarify, kockarnas is plural because of the "ar" and the "nas" makes it belong to the cook, yea?

June 2, 2015


It is plural because of the "ar", determinate because of the "na", and possessive because of the "s".

June 20, 2015


Thanks a lot, I appreciate it!

July 18, 2015


Ok, First we drink the cat's milk, then we eat the dog's food, now we are eating the cook's food? Man, this is mean... ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

April 5, 2018


Because of the sound äter makes my brain made me type "we ATE the cooks food." Which is obviously wrong.

August 5, 2016


Ate would be åt.

August 13, 2016


"the cooks food", which was given to me as the "correct answer" is wrong, according to standard English orthography. The correct spelling "the cooks' food" (with an apostrophe at the end of "cooks") is interpreted by Duo as a typo.

July 2, 2017


Please refer to the other comments about this in this thread.

July 2, 2017


please, what is the difference between 's and s' ????

October 15, 2015


's = singular genitive

s' = plural genitive

October 15, 2015


Unless the plural doesn't end in s, like men.

May 18, 2016


Ah, yes, of course.

May 19, 2016


It keeps saying I got the answer wrong when I've typed in the exact same thing as the correct answer that pops up! How can it be the wrong answer when it's the same answer Duolingo gives????

July 9, 2016


The correct answer is we eat the cooks' food, with the apostrophe after the S. However, you might be experiencing the bug that is not showing the apostrophe, but it's required.

July 10, 2016


In the website version of duolingo it says "We eat the cooks food." instead of "We eat the cooks' food."

March 21, 2017


Yes, it's a common Duolingo bug.

March 21, 2017


i see that 2-3 years later the cooks food is still a bug. Any hope of it being corrected?

October 10, 2018


I'm honestly doubting it'll ever get fixed.

October 10, 2018


thanks. New here, expecting perfection in my instructors I guess.

October 12, 2018


Now I'm needing a refresher on English... /sigh I always assumed that the food BELONGED to the cook, or was of his work, so it's "cook's"

September 4, 2017


Sure, but kockarnas is plural, multiple cooks, so the apostrophe moves.

September 4, 2017


I consistently have difficulty hearing the difference between Vi and De at the start of a sentence or phrase. Even on turtle speed I struggle. Any suggestions other than lots of listening and ear-training?

February 2, 2019


äter is becoming irritating for me. is it "is eating", "eats" or eat" someone explain it to me.

April 25, 2019


Swedish doesn't make a difference between "is eating" and "eats". We use the same word äter for both.

The same goes for "are eating" and "eat". Everything is äter. :)

April 25, 2019


Cooks' shd b in choice option not cooks, as it means belonging to more than one cook. The possessions of one cook would =cook's..

July 4, 2019


Yes, it's a four-year-old software bug. The apostrophe belongs after the s.

August 20, 2019


"We eat the cooks food" makes no sense. This section is supposed to be about possessives. In English, this should be "We eat the cook's food" or "We eat the cooks' food".

August 15, 2019


Yes, it's a four-year-old software bug. The apostrophe belongs after the s.

August 20, 2019


"We eat the cooks food" makes no sense. It's either "We eat the cook's food" or "We eat the cooks' food".

August 19, 2019


Yes, it's a four-year-old software bug. The apostrophe belongs after the s.

August 20, 2019
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