I wrote: He never goes to a circus. I accept the fact that you in English should write the Circus, but I still find it harsh that my answer is marked as incorrect. Since this is a Russian course and not an English course I think that both a/the should be accepted since there is no distinction in russian.
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Yes, I will do that. My question was not only related to this sentence, but I wonder whether it is feasible to program Duolingo to accept minor errors in "your own" language instead of marking them as incorrect. If you for instance write: He like to cook - it is obvious that you understand the Russian sentence, but it will definately be marked as incorrect. Perhaps it is too intricate for Duolingo to recognize such minor errors and accept them. I just find it strange that if I misspell something in Russian (the Language I am learning) Duolingo is way more lenient to accept my answer with a remark than if a make a mistake/typo in English.
That is my problem as well. As a Hungarian, i would simply write "goes to circus" because it is natural for me, and almost half of my wrong answers are because of the missing a/the... the other half is the missed -s at 3rd person... It would be extremely helpful if duolingo wouldnt corrent my English, but my Russian... Sometimes I got so angry with the constant non-existent mispells that i stop learning for that day...
полагаю, что при переводе на английский должен использоваться только определенный артикль, т.к он никогда не ходит ни в какой цирк, т.е определенный артикль употребляется с обобщающим значением. Перед именами существительными, в единственном числе для обозначения целого класса предметов. He never goes to the circus.
Duolingo handles the minor misspells.
But if I understand correctly, all possibly answers for each individual sentences has to be manually accounted for using scripts by the team. There's no magic program that will solve it for all sentences.
Ex: [He never goes to [a/the] circus]
I have been marked wrong for translating "ходить" as "to walk" in some sentences, and then "to go" in others. Is this word interchangeably translated as either word in specific instances, or is that an error on Duolingo's part?
For example, in this sentence, I translated to English, "He never walks to the circus." Shouldn't this be accepted?
Идти is the concrete aspect verb meaning "to go", which is used in contexts that are singular and monodirectional, like "I went to my sister's house [and still am there]."
This verb, ходить, is the abstract aspect version, which implies going either back-and-forth, multidirectionality/lack of specific direction, or habitual movement. For example, "I went to my sister's house yesterday" implies you came home afterwards, and so is abstract. Or, "I am out walking" implies a lack of specific direction, and so also is abstract. Or "I go to my sister's house each Tuesday" implies habit and repetition, and so is abstract.