https://www.duolingo.com/mmSarre

translating tenses

So I've noticed the French seems to liberally use present tenses for a historical past--am I correct about that? If so, it seems to me we can't adopt that in our English translations. Anybody else wondering about this?

June 1, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/angiedaytripper

yes French often uses the present when telling a story in the past. I go for a translation which sounds good even if I have to change the tense but if translating against duobot you will be marked down for this.

June 1, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/mmSarre

I plan to fight duobot and its cruddy translations to the death on this.

June 1, 2012
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