This is true. I saw this too. Duo sometimes (but alas, not always) recognizes when English does not use a "the", which is the case in your example "Spring is here". We would not usually say, "The spring is here". However, when it's more of a choice, and it would sound good with or without the article, I've found that it's safest to inclde the article to match Duo's translations.
Yes, I have noticed that when the noun is at the beginning of the sentence (or subject?) that the article is used in spanish ( LA Primavera) but not necessarily used in english ( ie Spring) but when it is not at the beginning ( or the object?) it is not used ( as much anyways) and if it IS it has to be used in the english translation ( ie THE food as opposed to just "food")...maybe this is just something I am imagining but...
Dejar has not been introduced either in the present or past tense yet so how are users supposed to recognise this spoken word?!
Helen, For me, past tense is a general term for any past tense, whereas preterite / pretérito is the simple past. Simple means only one word involved, not two as in compound tenses. The preterite tense is not easy, and all the most used ones are irregular and just have to be memorized.
If they don't include sentences like this that have more than one valid translation, then we would never learn that "la comida" can mean both food in general and some specific food. Even if we have to learn about that in the comments; the comments for each sentence are a vital part of Duolingo.
yes, the accents can be made on a regular keyboard, but I only know how to do it in microsoft word, not sure about online like here. for example in microsoft word, for the accented o, you would press the ctrl key and the apostrophe key at the same time, then release and press the o. Here is what i get in word ò but I had to copy and paste it to get it here. Ahh, wait, my son just showed me with the numeric keypad codes you can get them-such as alt 0225 gives you the accented a á. cool huh? hope this helps, just google for the codes.
If you're using windows, you can set it up to use the International Keyboard. When you have that setting, then for example, to type á, you first hit the quote key and then the a key. For ñ, hit ALT and n at the same time. For ¡ and ¿, hit ALT and ! or ? at the same time. Etc. (To type a quote, you have to hit the quote key twice if the next letter is one of the letters that is special, like á, é, í, ó, ú, ý.)
Here's one page that describes how to set up the International Keyboard. http://sites.psu.edu/symbolcodes/windows/codeint/ and it also tells how to type each character.