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Bring back alternative answers to questions

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After answering a question in practice or a lesson, Duolingo would sometimes give you alternative answers to the sentence.

This was especially useful if you didn't quite understand the translation (because you translated it word for word), or your answer was accepted even though it wasn't the standard translation.

With the alternatives suggested, I got a better understanding of the sentence. However, it seems to have disappeared. While occasionally it felt like it was correcting you when you were (more) right, I miss it far more now that it's gone.

I would really like it if this feature appeared again at some point.

4 years ago

31 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Luis
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I don't believe we have removed this.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgengrauen
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i do spanish lessons and when my answer is correct, no alternative is shown. i also miss that!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xiuhtecuhtli
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No, I don't see this feature any more either. I would also like it back.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dieta

the point is another correct solution appeared in the case you are correct

I haven't seen this since the new design ( 2013-09-10 ) was installed

it is only a detail - ... but this hint another correct solution really felt like it was correcting you

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis
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Ah yes, I just checked. We removed this. I'll ask if we can bring it back.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Druckles
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Many thanks! The suggestions that it offered were often quite helpful.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth0

¡Sí, muchas gracias Luis! They were very helpful, and now I often go on the discussion just to see what the main translation was because it is still there for most sentences thankfully.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ruth-mac
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It would be great to have the other correct solutions back, as they often make more sense than when I translate word-for-word and get told I am correct!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeeRamm
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Thanks!

It can be particularly useful if your answer is one that is at the verge of being wrong but accepted for some technical reason (for example: very literal).

As an added feature (I know you all don't have anything better to do :-), it would be nice to have access to a whole array of accepted translations, especially where exact translation is difficult because of idiomatic use.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MsLagerkvist

Please bring it back! It helped a lot.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/matson
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thanks! This really helped me learn how the translations aren't exact.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulscon

cheers dude, yeah it was useful!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Druckles
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Is there any update on this?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dieta

something is happening

(another correct solution) is back

http://www.duolingo.com/skill/de/Verbs:-Present-Perfect/1

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Druckles
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I noticed this :-). Fantastic news.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MsLagerkvist2
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I just tried it and didn't get what you got. They must be trying it out again.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MsLagerkvist

Oh, you're right! I have it in Spanish. Yay!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iustitia
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I always click on "Discussions" to see most desired answer when I feel that my answer wasn't the best one.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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Me too. Although sometimes it doesn't show up...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dieta

While occasionally it felt like it was correcting you
( in both directions )

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Twigman5

Agreed! This is especially useful in the later lessons where word for word translations may be correct but are not the best translations

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skyskylar

Yo tambien. Yo nunca realmente entender el ingles. Quiero respuestas alternativas! Me ayuden, me hacen entender. Me mra, mira este comentario. Aqui, permitanme que intente hablar en ingles. The man eet fiv aple. Mire, yo soy muy malo en ingles! Por que se les alejen de todas formas?! Por favor, oh personal, anadirlos de nuevo, por favor. Buscar en toda la gente que quiera volver! No estamos forzando a usted, pero es nuestro sueno para Duolingo! Personal, lea este comentario, por favor!!! -Oceana12/Skylar Conley (Ademas, estoy usando un teclado en ingles)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/juerbu
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When you use the Duolingo app (in Android at least), it gives you alternative answers still.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndyNZ

True. I never use this site, only the Android app and it has many alternative suggestions for answers. It can be useful, but sometimes it trips me up where I assume that, for example, omitting the definite article is acceptable use but often I'll do so and get a "you're incorrect" response message.

So, yes, it can be useful, but for me it has been confusing in the past.

First post here BTW. Saludos a todos.

Andy

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pleiadian_

Agree - this was very useful.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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this is a most helpful aspect of learning here on Duolingo which offered the alternative translation appropriate

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chickering

What would be ideal would be something to click on that would show several alternate translations. You could then have the option to see or not see them.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth0

That's exactly what I would like too! I suggested it a little while ago here on the forums: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/867690

But for me, it would be helpful to still have the alternate translation show up on the same page for when you're doing a timed practice and don't want to spend any time bringing up another window.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Szab
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+1 Please bring this function back! Thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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I started Duolingo on September 30th 2013 and have never seen an alternative answer. This would be extremely helpful. Please bring it back =)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alba133

I never got to see this but from what i hear it was very useful. But can't you see other alternatives by hovering over the words and seeing ther other meanings.

4 years ago