"Does a girl want chocolate?"
Translation:An bhfuil seacláid ó chailín?
I also used "An dteastaíonn, but with "ón gcailín" because exactly 3 sentences earlier they asked the SAME question in English and this was the proper answer. Now they would not accept it. They want "An bhfuil." How are we supposed to figure this out if they keep changing their answers? They have had things completely wrong -for example, spelling a word wrong in English (obviously wrong - not just British English/American English differences) and then marked my answer as incorrect when it wasn't. This has happened several times. I report the error and I have NEVER heard back from support. It gets very frustrating. I appreciate the course and the fact that it is free, but they need to get their act together!
That's because it's not a correct answer.
Teastaigh means "be wanted". The thing that is wanted (seacláid) is the subject of this verb, and the agent is indicated with ó meaning "by" in this case, so you have "Is chocolate wanted by a girl?", which is understood as "does a girl want chocolate?".
MaryQuin1 is wrong to say that "An dteastaíonn cailín seaclaid? is Caighdean" - the verb teastaigh works the same way in An Caighdeán Oifigiúil as it does in Ulster Irish.
I had the same question myself. I think that ó takes lenition because it implies an indefinite article ("a girl"), whereas ón is a contraction of ó and the definite article "an", and certain prepositions--including ó--when paired with the definite article require elipsis. Therefore the proper inflection in either case would be "ó chailín" and "ón gcailín', translating to "a girl" and "the girl" respectively. That's my best guess anyway.
What about "An dteastaíonn seacláid ó chailin?" ... It told me it was wrong and said it should be "An bhfuil seacláid ó chailín?"
Another sentence used "Teastaíonn seacláid ó chailín." for "a girl wants chocolate." I don't understand why it's testaionn for the latter, but not for this one. Or did I get it wrong because there shouldn't be a d in front of testaionn in this case?
This is really starting to confuse me... In another example, "An dteastaíonn torthaí ón gcailín?" meant "does the girl want fruit?"