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"Тим говорит по-немецки, потому что много жил в Германии."

Translation:Tim speaks German because he lived in Germany a lot.

November 21, 2015



It is unusual for Russians to say "много жил". It would rather be "долго жил" - "lived for a long time".


That's interesting, because it's also unusual to see "he lived in Germany a lot". I could imagine hearing it, but never, ever writing it. Rather "he lived in Germany a long time" (which is marked wrong, btw).

The only case I can think of this making sense is if Tim moved into and out of Germany many times. But unless that was established in previous context, this sentence would require "he lived in Germany a lot during <some period>"


Duolingo! Please change the English answer here. We think "...lived in Germany a long time" should be accepted, too. Sincerely, everyone.


Is there a reason why "he lived a lot in Germany" is not the same as "he lived in Germany a lot" ?


I think because then "a lot" would be describing the way he lived, not how much he had lived in Germany.


Honestly, any version of this sentence that uses "a lot" for talking about how long somebody lived somewhere, instead of "for a long time" (or "many times," if the time he spent living there wasn't consecutive), could easily be interpreted as being about how intense Tim's life was when he lived in Germany. This is why "a lot" is a poor choice of wording for this sentence, regardless of the intent.


correction given was:Tim speaks German because he has lived in Germany much. - which is not acceptable English


Agreed: "Tim speaks German because he has lived in Germany so much." is a similar sentence that is correct English, but that is "Тим говорит по-немецки, потому что так много жил в Германии." in Russian.


"Tim speaks German because he has lived in Germany much" is no longer accepted.


Duo corrected my bad answer and told me I should have written "Tim speaks German because he spent in Germany much" instead. Is that really correct English?


No, "he spent in Germany much" is not correct English. Not even remotely. We would generally say, "he lived in Germany a long time," or "he spent a lot of time in Germany."


The English here is not good. I think for a long time fits well


It could refer to the amount of mony he spent im Germany, I guess.


That is incorrect English


An English speaker wouldn't say the English version of this sentence


I disagree with the English translation: "Tim speaks German because he lived a long time in Germany"


What is wrong with тим говорит по немецки потому что он много жил в германии?


This is a VERY stupid translation. I am a native English, Spanish and French speaker and Nobody speaks like that. I would use the word "долго" here instead of много


It's odd but OK. There is consistency in the course много = a lot. With a different verb phrase "a lot" would sound quite normal; "Tim speaks German because he spent a lot of time in Germany, but the point of the exercise is to demonstrate the past tense of "to live" not "to spend time."


Is the use of он before много really a mistake?


Is потому что a pattern that needs to be memorized? Because the phrase here doesn't conjure anything for me "Because what (a lot) live in Germany"


I'm not an english native speaker, but I believe that in this context it's implicit "A lot of time", but I do think this is an odd translation too.


fast male voice says like ... потому что ОН много жил в Германии


"a lot of time" "a long time" "many times" All if these could be acceptable in English depending on precisely what you wish to express. We only use "a lot of time" to express how long action took to complete.


"He lived a lot in Germany" doesn't make sense in English.


There is nothing wrong with the English sentence, "He lived in Germany a lot." If I moved to Germany for the summer every year for eight years, then I would have lived in Germany a lot or many times. It has nothing to do with living there a long time.

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