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https://www.duolingo.com/ChuckBaggett

I can't proceed till I enter what seems like bad wording to me.

There's two sentences where my preferred answer is not accepted, one of the suggested answers seeming near to broken English to me.

I can't proceed without bending to it's will.

I have filed the appropriate problem reports. It's kind of annoying that there's a skip button that does nothing useful - I keep getting the same two questions. I'm at the start of a skill, so there's plenty other questions it could ask me. Advance out of order.

I have skills to strengthen but I wanted to do a new skill tonight.

I wonder how many people give up when this happens?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/michikade

What language is this for? What is the sentence? What is the answer you feel is incorrect?

This would probably be better served asked in the forum for the language the question is about, particularly in the sentences section as there may already be an answer there, I don't know.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NeridaPeters
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It's irritating, isn't it? Sometimes we have to give a literal translation to show we know the grammatical structure of our target language. The sentence will naturally be awkward. For me, American English often sounds wrong, and that means I don't like some of the other sentences. I used to get quite annoyed. After a while I got used to both of these problems. There are a number of sentences I almost always get wrong because I have a lot of trouble remembering the "bad English".

You know you're going to have to give those answers, so just give the answers. It would be sad to give up just because of two sentences.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jazztonight

We've all had this experience. In over a year of being on Duolingo, I've hit the "problem" button dozens of times. As a result, I've received maybe three notices that my suggestion were now being included in the translation options. That's progress, I guess.

Another thing: one time I posted on this forum a grammatical error I'd found and I was attacked by a few people who accused me of being a grammar nazi or something like that. There are many people out there who think that just because some phrase or grammatical statement has become "common usage" that it should be considered "correct." While I personally disagree with this attitude, the comments were so abusive and unpleasant that I deleted my post. Screw it--life's too short. ;-)

Have a lingot.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/12CMcCarthy

effort made.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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Even when you send chapter and verse from the most authoritative dictionaries and grammars to make the point. I don't mind them accepting something that is casual English. I do mind being told I'm wrong, complete with comedy sirens, when I use the conventional form.

2 years ago