"Dw i wedi yfed coffi dydd Llun."

Translation:I have drunk coffee Monday.

January 29, 2016

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/DianaLR

Can someone explain why "I drank coffee on Monday" is incorrect? Thank you!

January 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Malwen
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Hopefully someone else will come and explain it far better than I can, but I think the simple answer is that "I drank" and "I have drunk" are two different tenses. There is another past tense in Welsh which equates to "I drank" (I think "I drank coffee" would be "Yfes i goffi" but my Welsh grammar is rather rusty so I might not have got that quite right)

January 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DianaLR

Thank you!

January 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/RobinV.

I drank coffee Monday was accepted for me just now. Since Welsh is still in beta, they will probably tweak a lot of these answers as time goes by. It does make me wonder, however, considering Malwen's answer that maybe we are still wrong?

February 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Banma48

Many languages other than English use the "I have" version of the past tense much more than we do in English and it often translates better in English in the "simple" past as in this case e.g. French would say "j'ai bu du cafe lundi" which we would translate as "I drank coffee on Monday". I would think therefore that the same applies to the translation from Welsh?

February 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/crush

The simple past form in French has practically disappeared from the spoken language (not in literature, though), so i don't think that's a fair comparison. In peninsular Spanish, the present perfect is often used for things that happened today (He hablado con él esta mañana), though Latin America Spanish tends to match English's use a bit more closely. Still, for something that happened before today (eg. Monday), you'd use the preterite.

it appears Welsh still makes the distinction between the simple past and present perrfect but is less strict than in English. I don't know anyone who would use the present perfect in this sentence in English since the present perfect gives the idea that the time period is still going on:
-I went to the store twice this week (the week can be considered over, you won't go to the store again this week)
-I've gone to the store twice this week (the week's not over yet and i might go again)

Saying "I went to the store Monday" you know that "Monday" is over. Personally, i think the translation with have (I have drunk coffee on Monday) is just to match the Welsh construction.

February 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Dim-ond-dysgwr

crush --

English makes the same distinction between present perfect and simple past as does Spanish:

He hablado con él esta mañana / Hablé con él esta mañana

I've spoken to him this morning / I spoke to him this morning.

In the first case, it's STILL this morning; in the second, this morning is OVER.

And (more to the point, perhaps!) the same applies to Welsh:

Dw i wedi siarad ag ef y bore 'ma / Siaradais ag ef y bore 'ma.

April 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/steelnothing

Just to clear up a confusion over tenses. English Present perfect follows the same form as Wedi (yr amser perffaith) in welsh and passé compose in French which are classed as past tenses.

I have drunk coffee tonight

Dwi wedi yfed coffi heno

J’ai bu du café ce soir ( This is the most widely used past tense in French)

The passed simple tense

I drank,

Yfes

Je bus ( This past tense is only used in it’s written form in French)

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/CarolynSmi13

The translation offered -- 'I have drunk coffee Monday' -- is not something I have ever heard in English, but I think it might be something to do with having had an unusually heavy weekend and trying to remedy the situation with caffeine?

April 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/NikiJones1

I put this sentence in, but clearly "on" is missing!

April 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/workwomanship

The reason why they've chosen to focus on 'to have', and so early in the course, is because it's the easiest way for a beginner to use the past tense. You only need to know wedi to be able to form the past tense, using the verbs you already know. Much easier than having to learn all the different verb endings.

February 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Dim-ond-dysgwr

It may be "easier" but it's very misleading, because I have drunk (though it makes reference to a completed event) is not in the past tense; it's in the present perfect -- it's stating what the situation is NOW. The past tense form is I drank -- telling of an event that happened THEN. This is what makes "I have (NOW) drunk coffee on Monday (THEN)" a nonsense sentence.

Furthermore, on Monday (the "on" is required, in British English at least!) is not dydd Llun (which means "Monday" -- the name of the day of the week) but ddydd Llun.

April 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/RowenaJane

Dw I wedi yfed can only be translated as I have drunk, not I drank and the sentence used by duolingo is incorrect, you cannot say, in English or Welsh I have drunk yesterday (dw I wedi yfed ddoe). I have reported this.

April 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Melanzious

I have drunk A coffe on Monday?

February 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/RanzhaVEmodrach

"I drunk coffee on Monday" was corrected, but similar questions have used "drunk?

March 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/bex42

"I drunk" isn't grammatical in English.

"I drank" or "I have drunk" should work, but I think we're encouraged to translate "Dw i wedi..." to "I have..."

The Welsh course is still in beta and I think it's a bit inconsistent with what alternatives are and are not allowed, so you might find simple past (e.g. "I drank") is sometimes accepted and sometimes not.

March 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DesertGlass

We're referring to a specific finished day in the past so the phrase should be "I drank coffee on Monday". (Drank + on not currently accepted) We could say " I have drunk coffee on a Monday" (have drunk + on a) if it's not a specific Monday.

April 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/RowenaJane

What does 'beta' mean?

April 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/bex42

I'm not sure exactly what "beta" means for Duolingo courses specifically, but with software, games, websites, etc. when something is "in beta" or a "beta version" it means it isn't finished.

The first thing testers, or a limited number of public users might see is an "alpha version" and that is generally accepted to be very rough. Whole features are likely to missing and there might be many things that don't work.

After that comes the "beta" stage, where most things are working as intended and it's often freely open to the public, like this Welsh course. The "beta" label is there to say that not everything is finalised and some things might still need to be fixed or tweaked. It's like a final testing stage, and often means the developers are watching more closely for bug reports than they will do later on.

April 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/RowenaJane

Thank you so much, that makes sense

April 18, 2016
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