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Future tense vs. passive

Am I the only one having a hard time with the "Future verb 1." exercises? I know Duolingo likes to do literal translation, and so uses the modal verb "werden" as a translation of "will", so that every sentence in the exercises marked "future" use "werden". But I've come across a few sentences (I didn't write them down, but one was about patients and doctors who get advised) where the German sentence was actually using "werden" to create a passive sentence. The sentence was perfectly fine, but it is problematic that it was placed in the exercise for future, because it has nothing to do whatsoever with the future tense! I did mark feedback on the sentence when I encountered it, but it is problematic when trying to do the exercises if they are not about the verb tenses they claim to be about!

January 22, 2013


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