punctuation errors - ... in German lessons

at the moment there are no really good ways for speakers ( fluent in both directions ) to report punctuation errors

why? ... reporting is only possible during an ongoing lesson

... these awesome users ... spend their time explaining things over and over again ... have not the time to make DuoLingo lessons over and over to get the sentence by accident

<h1> a way to help them out</h1>

sample sentence: ... "Er schläft sobald er ins Bett geht."

This sentence has a punctuation error

the right punctation is ... "Er schläft, sobald er ins Bett geht."

you can report this error making a short "practice word"-lesson ( mostly 2 questions )

you have to guess the word under which the sentence occurs
and search it under

here ... the word "sobald" ...

you can see the above sentence is listed there ( see picture at the end )

now you have to do the "practice word"-lesson ... and report the punctation error in this ongoing lesson

sometimes you have to do a second "practice word"-lesson if the sentence doesn't occur

usually no more than 3 times ( so maximum 6 questions )

November 9, 2013


Actually there are also commas missing in the sentence above and below respectively. It seems like somebody applied the comma rule for if-clauses in English in German sentences with sobald. It doesn't work like that though. In German you need a comma whenever a new (sub)clause is starting and since sobald is a conjunction it does start a new subclause.

November 10, 2013

The same error - a missing comma - occurs in a lot (all?) of the sentences in which "während" introduces a subordinate clause.

Similarly, there are lots of superfluous - wrong - commas in sentences such as these: "Trotz der Zeit, geht sie aus"; "Wegen ihm, beginnen wir", etc.

November 10, 2013

"Wegen ihm", of course, is also grammatically wrong. Has to be "seinetwegen", sorry folks...

February 24, 2017

Thanks for posting! We'll take a look. It's always best to send us this kind of stuff through support :)

November 13, 2013

... bei ("Satz")-Diskussionen wäre es hilfreich .. im ("Support")-Button ... Kategorien anzubieten

beispielsweise: "punctuation error" ... wie in dem vorliegenden Beispiel

oder gibt es eventuell schon so etwas wie Stichworte, die man im Titel der Meldung verwenden könnte, da die Titelzeile computertechnisch auf vorkommende Stichworte ausgewertet wird?

Danke an das ganze DuoLingo-Team

November 13, 2013

I would, but to be honest I have know idea what "sending something through support" means, exactly. Is there a button or something somewhere that I've overlooked? The same kind of errors occur in many German sentences in the "Learn English from German" section, BTW.

November 13, 2013

Thanks for asking! "support" tab should always be available on the left side of your screen. If you don't see it, something may be wrong...please let us know here if that's the case.

November 14, 2013

Thanks - yes, it's there all right :). I just hadn't noticed it before.

November 14, 2013

I thought this was more for technical errors and suggestions rather than language errors. Good to now, though.

November 14, 2013
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