"What do they need?"
Translation:Cad a theastaíonn uathu?
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I think what's going on is that Duolingo accepts both interchangeably, but that when you give a wrong answer for some other reason, it's inconsistent about showing you the corrected version of the sentence with the same verb you used, which often makes it look like it's correcting the verb itself.
For example if I said "Cad teastaoinn uathu" and it corrected me with "Cad ata uathu" it looks like it's telling me I used the wrong verb, but it's actually just telling me my translation was wrong (in this example because I missed out a) and then showing me one of the possible correct answers.
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 math or logic equations really help me a LOT because these are rules that are easy and watertight. They explain exactly how the sentence is constructed and is easier than figuring out grammar lingo! Please don't stop using them! They make everything super clear! Good on ya!
Haha, I appreciate the explanation but when you throw math type equations in too, I get all types of confused, haha! I understand now that "Ca ata uathu?" is acceptable but what I didn't understand is why, in this thread, would the answer be given as "Cad a theastaíonn uathu?" when I didn't have either "a" or "theastaionn" as an option to select. Know what I'm saying?
Cad a teastaíonn uathu? and Cad atá uathu? both mean "What do they need?".
The correct answer to give for a "Pick the words" question is one that uses the words that you have available. If you use the keyboard to type your answer instead of picking from a list of words, you should be able to use either answer - they are both correct.
Right, but if the help says one thing and the "correct" answer (the one that uses the available words) is something else, then the help is no help, and a beginner doesn't know all the variations. What's a learner to do? That was what I tried to point out over a year ago, above....
I typed "Cé an dteastaíonn uathu?" which I figured was not correct. But without looking at the suggestions and just following the pattern of previous lesson questions this is as close as I could manage. I must say, these questions are far from self-explanatory. I must also admit that I've been avoiding doing Irish lessons because I feel quite lost doing them.
There are a lot of words for "what" or "which" in Irish and I am shooting in the dark to choose when a question comes up.
Oddly enough, it isn't the preposition that I have trouble with in these exercises. It is every other bloody thing in the sentence!