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A button to show declensions for adjectives? (like the conjugation button for verbs)

Phobic
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With verbs, I find the conjugation button extremely useful. I'd really love a declension button for adjectives that I could click during lessons to see all forms of the word at once. I think it would make it easier to get a feel for the word that way, rather than encountering each form separately.

PORTUGUESE DECLENSION EXAMPLE:

  • white cat (male): gato branco
  • white cats (male): gatos brancos
  • white cat (female): gata branca
  • white cats (female): gatas brancas

I would like to be able to see all the forms of the adjective (branco, brancos, branca, and brancas) all at the same time by clicking a declension button.

Verbs conjugate. Adjectives (and nouns) decline. I'm sorry I can't give examples in more languages, but I'm only studying Portuguese right now.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
Dessamator
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Not a bad idea. In german there is a tip in the first few exercises that shows that. Also, I think this should be moved to the General Duolingo area, since this applies to many courses.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Phobic
Phobic
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Should I delete this and put it there? I'm not sure what the proper protocol is here. Also I could spell "declensions" properly. XD

(Whew, I didn't know I could edit titles. Less embarrassing now.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
Dessamator
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No need to delete it, you can edit it, and change "Post to" from 'Portuguese' to 'Duolingo'.

Well, I also noticed the mistake, but thought that I didn't know how to spell it properly. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Phobic
Phobic
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Thanks, I'll endeavor to move it.

I couldn't believe I misspelled it after all the grief it gave me in high school Latin class. Good for both of us that it's fixed now. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Phobic
Phobic
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Hmm. It seems like declensions are not a popular topic. Maybe I should have used a more eye-catching title. "My Battle with Declensions," or "Another Adjective Nightmare," or "I'm Declining Badly, Please Help."

But seriously, I hope more people will see this and have enough interest to discuss it. There have to be more than just the two of us, right? :/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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Yes, there is a large amount of people complaining about this ( just take a peek at the German forum). Though I think the issue is with declension 'word' itself, I've learnt Portuguese since primary, and I didn't even know what that is until I joined duolingo. Heck, I still don't know how to translate that "word" to Portuguese.

I'm willing to bet all my lingots that 95 % of the users in Duolingo don't know what the heck declension means. So my guess is that people just don't know what you are talking about. :)

Edit: P.S. Now you know why I tend to include inline definitions.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Phobic
Phobic
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Haha, I was just remembering your inline definitions while editing.

I think you're right about the word being a problem. I only know it because of the above-mentioned Latin class in high school. I have hardly ever used it since. Wikipedia informs me that the Portuguese equivalent is declinação. The article by that name is two sentences long, but it does have a lot of links in a tiny font.

I attempted to make the title at least a little more helpful and to make the post more descriptive. I don't know if it's an improvement or if it's too long or confusing, but it's worth a try.

4 years ago