"What do they need?"
Translation:Cad a theastaíonn uathu?
I thought "ta ... uathu" would only be "they want", not "they need" - whereas "thestaíonn uathu" could mean both (want and need)?
I'm even dumber -- I can't construct an answer from the available words that it will accept. What's the secret?
Nobody reading your comment knows what "the available words" were when you were doing this exercise (they aren't always the same), so we can't tell you much.
Next time, post the list of words, or better yet, a screenshot showing what you entered and what Duolingo said it wanted.
Sorry -- first time posting on this forum. In fact though I've been using Duolingo for years I thought it was just the app. Had no idea you could do the exercises on the webpage or that a forum exists until quite recently. And I didn't think the exercises could be that dynamic.
Anyway, the exercise is a "drag the word tiles into place" exercise, not free text that you type. The answer it wants is as above -- "Cad a theastaíonn uathu?" However as wattu77 says, the word "a" is not one of the available tiles that you can drag. From memory the words were (in random order) "Cad", "atá", "teastaíonn", and variations of "uathu". So you literally do not have all the component words available in the pile of tiles to construct the answer it wants. I reported it but I don't know if that goes anywhere.
Go raibh maith agat!
Thanks SatharnPHL! That explains how to give a grammatically correct answer with the given resources. However that still leaves the problem that a learner wouldn't know that, and the "correct" answer doesn't tell you. But that does get one on to the next exercise. Thanks again!
The correct answer given was: "Cad a theastaionn uathu". The missing text from the pick-up list is: "a theastaionn".
The hint says "what do" is "cad atá", but here it is "cad a". Why is it "a"?
The “do” is suggested because do-support is the standard English method of forming a question; it’s not directly translated as a. Atá would be used if the verb in the sentence were translated into a form of bí ; since “need” isn’t translated that way in the course here, atá isn’t used. A is used instead because that’s the particle that’s used in relative clauses with other verbs. (This a is built into atá.)
Really struggling with word order, and they are giving me word banks that don't include the correct solution!!
The correct solution is " Cad a theastaíonn uathu" However, 'A' was not one of the options on the blocks. The options were: cad, theastaionn, uathu, uainn, uathi, and ata (with fadas where needed)
The technical reason is explained here.
If that is too technical to be helpful, it might be useful to break down exactly what you mean by "confused". Did you think that it would be said some other way? Do you not understand what atá means? Do you understand what a means when it is used with other verbs? (atá is actually a tá - tá is the only time that the a actually joins the verb).
I wrote that but it was marked as wrong, the correction was "Cad ata uathu?" ????
I know it isn't .. but the division between 'want' and 'need' seems arbitrary to me. The sentences seem to be constructed in the same way. I have not been able to recognise the difference yet
A hint is, when you click on a word in the "question", a translation hint will appear just underneath that word. This does not mean the hint is an exact translation though, but just a hint.
A pick-up list, is the list of words provided for you to choose from, to construct a translation to the question.
Challenge "What do they need?".....optional words given were " Uait, atá, uaim, teastaíonn, Cad, ó, uatha".
I selected "Cad atá teastaíonn uathu". Got it wrong and was given "Cad atá uathu" as the "Correct Answer".....clearly something is awry here right?
There's nothing wrong with Cad atá uathu?.
You can't say "Cad atá teastaíonn uathu" because you have two verbs, tá and teastaíonn adjacent to one another.
Tá X ó Y and Teastaíonn X ó Y both mean "Y wants/needs X" (or "X is wanted/needed by Y").