Same for me, and it does not choose another exercise, so I'm stuck in a loop
Note to those who are curious, as of 9Nov2015, "7 - 3 = 4" (i.e. the mathematical/numerical expression instead of text/words) is NOT accepted.
same on 28 Dec 2015, ha !! But if it was accepted then a valid answer for "translate 7-3=4 into German" would be "7-3=4", which would not help anyone learn German - but would be useful for people studying basic Math at least.
This is so annoying :P Sometimes it accepts "Equals" and sometimes "Makes" but not the other, and likewise the German "Gleich, Macht und Gibt" aren't interchangeable either - is there a rule or do the alternatives just need adding?
As a native german I can reassure you they are interchangeable. As per usual, our language has far more words to express similar if not identical thoughts. A good example is the fact that we have 3 identical words for why: "Wieso, Weshalb, und Warum".
The speech input device is faulty! It thinks I can not say "Sieben minus drei gleich vier". ( Ich habe deutlich gesprochen, aber jedesmal ohne Erfolg.)
I find this pretty funny :) We are taught how to say plus, minus and divided by, but we are not taught how to say times. What is wrong with poor multiplication? :)
Maybe that is because Duolingo does not want to encourage malpractice? (Just a joke!) However a little 'mal practice' will solve the problem, I think. Fünf mal vier ist gleich zwanzig. Drei mal elf gleich dreiunddreißig u.s.w.
Not true, "ist gleich" is pretty common. "gleich" is only "short" for "ist gleich".
this is so US English. I am British and there is in practice no difference between less and minus. Possibly it is better to say minus, but at work if you're balancing your accounts with your group you could say either and people would know what you meant!
When I give the right above mentioned answer, Duo draw my attention to another correct solution: “Seven minus three equals four” - this mistake in the program happens frequently.
There is none acutally... The point is, usually you'd say ""Sieben minus drei ist gleich vier.", with the verb "ist" (in present tense). However, it sometimes is omitted.
I wrote: "Seven less three equals four" and it was rejected. The translation given by Duo was NOT the above, which is correct., but : Seven TAKE three makes four, which is incorrect. It was not the first time in this unit that I encountered this gross error. If anything, it ought to say: "Seven take AWAY three equals four", or "seven less three" or "seven minus three".
Initially was informed that numbers could be used instead of text but now it is arbitrary. Some numeric values are counted as correct others not. This needs to be uniform either both or only text. I'm tired of this conflict destroying my perfect scores!