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"Todos bebíamos vino, pero bebías agua."

Translation:We all were drinking wine, but you were drinking water.

January 10, 2013



Should this be accepted: "everyone was drinking wine, but you were drinking water". Mine got rejected.


Yes. Same here. Reported as being correct.


Reported 10/25/14


If the second half of the sentence is "you were drinking", then the first half should be translatable to "everyone was drinking".


We all were drinking wine, but you were drinking water this is also accepted

used to form is accepted because in the right context it can mean that drinking wine and water was a habit, something habitual.


I cannot understand why only the "used to " form is accepted here as it is the imperfect past which can be used as I did, we drank!


I think you are right. I read somewhere that this tense is used to represent a continuous or dotted line in the past and can be translated into English in several ways. I was drinking wine, I used to drink wine, I would drink wine (when talking about doing it in the past as habit for example), I drank wine (e.g when I was young I drank wine). But it's probably best to use the first two to help understand better when the tense is used.


I agree, but I can see DuoLingo's point in trying to force you to either use "used to drink" or "were drinking". Without context, "we drank", would be assumed to be the preterite, and DuoLingo is trying to press home the difference between these two past tenses.


"we drank" should be accepted, but with the understanding that it was not a one-time thing, it was over a period of time, or a habitual action.

Please report this to Duolingo so they can include it in their acceptable translations.


C'mon DuoLingo, get it together. "used to" is not the only way of expressing the imperfect in English - in fact it is not even a common way.


Let's not criticize Duolingo. They are giving us a wonderful FREE Spanish education. If you have an alternate translation that you think should be accepted, the best way is to use the system to report it. Only then will they be able to take action to make changes. Thanks.


Please report alternate translations to Duolingo, not just here in the discussion blog. They can't change things unless we report problems. thanks


I did. I used the "were drinking" form which is now accepted.


I said "Everybody was drinking wine etc...." and it was flagged as incorrect. Yet "We were all drinking wine..." is acceptable


"Everybody" is not the same as "we all", because it may not include you.

For example... "When I arrived at the party everybody was drinking wine" (clearly that means everybody except you)

"everybody" in Spanish is "todos/todas" ("todo el mundo") but because the verb is conjugated to nosotros, you must include "we" or "us" somewhere in the sentence.


That's not the issue...regardless of whether one says "everybody" or "we all" it does not change the tense of the verb surely!! If I did want to say "everybody was drinking wine" how would you translate it? "Todos bebíamos vino" or "todos estabamos bebiendo vino"


In this case English is less concise than Spanish, and therein lies the problem. The Spanish sentence is concise in that it in conjugated to "we/us", so you need the English sentence to be equally concise.

The concise translations from Spanish to English of "Todos bebíamos vino" are "We all were drinking wine", "We were all drinking wine", or "All of us were drinking wine".

If you just say "everybody" and don't include "we" or "us" you are losing information that existed in the Spanish sentence - and this is why DL rejected your translation.

IF you were translating in the other direction (but you weren't) then your sentence, "Everybody was drinking wine", is ambiguous and requires a choice as to whether "everybody" includes the speaker or not.

You could go with one of the following...

  • "Todos bebían vino" = "They were all drinking wine" ≈ "Everybody (excluding me) was drinking wine"
  • "Todos bebíamos vino" = "We were all drinking wine" ≈ "Everybody (including me) was drinking wine"

I understand your point. Essentially you are arguing that is A translates to B then B translates to A. But when there is a loss of information, then that logic no longer applies.


Spanish is not "more concise" than English, even if in this instance less individual words are required. The verb stem-ending system of Spanish is accomplished with pronouns in English - neither is "more concise", they are simply different methods to indicate the subject.


I put "we were all drinking wine" but was not accepted today 08/05/2018


same, that is why i am here. "We were all drinking wine" sounds more correct than "we all were"


"we were all" is not accepted for me.


What is the difference between "We were all drinking...." vs "We all were drinking..." ? DL didn't accept "We were all...."


We all were drinking wine vs We were all drinking wine

The first is accepted but the 2nd is rejected? We were all sound more correct.


Also another sentence is translated as "we were all drinking ..." so it's inconsistent. Reported.


Is it necessary to have "used to drink" in both parts of the sentence or " were drinking". I had were drinking in the first place and used to in the second and it was not accepted.....


"we were all drinking wine, but you drank water." marked wrong.


Why is "everyone was drinking wine, but you were drinking water" wrong? Duolingo says it has to be "everyone drank wine,"


"All were drinking wine, but you were drinking water." was rejected because I did not put in the "we." :(


I would think "All were drinking wine" would be "bebian". That sounds like one person talking about another group in general. Adding "we" ensures that the group includes the speaker, making it "bebiamos".


How do we know that todos modifies the subject and not vino? It seems that this sentence is an instance where word order is important in Spanish. Thanks for answering in advance...


If we were referring to all the wine, then in English this would become "We were drinking all (of) the wine".

Here's 3 reasons that we can be sure that in the original sentence "todos" is not modifying vino...

  1. Word order. Todos would be next to "vino". "Bebiamos todo el vino"

  2. In English we say "We were all drinking wine" / "We were drinking all THE wine". The second one requires the article, and likewise it would be required in Spanish - "todo EL vino".

  3. "todos" is plural, "vino" singular.


"We were all drinking wine but you were drinking water" is wrong. Seriously? Just because I flipped two words around? The sentence is still grammatically correct.

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