Please Fix V.P. Imp. Section (l'imparfait vs. passé composé)

Dear Duo team, could you please fix the V.P. Imp section where we learn about l'imparfait vs. passé composé. In every single sentence the past time is mixed up. Please see the long threads of discussion from confused users below each sentence. I would appreciate if you could fix this. Also, when are we getting back the vocabulary tab in the newly introduced design? It has been a couple of weeks since the new design took full effect, but the Vocabulary tab has not been re-introduced yet. Thanks!

February 22, 2014


I wasn't sure what you mean so I strengthened that lesson to get examples.

"We have made cakes." - "Nous faisions des gâteaux" is supposedly a correct answer, but is clearly wrong. If you get this option in multiple choice, you get punished for knowing it's wrong. (I have this from the discussion, so it may be fixed by now.)

"He knew how to talk." - "Il a su comment parler" is supposedly a correct answer in multiple choice. But as someone pointed out in the discussion, that actually means "He found out how to talk". And even if it didn't, the French sentence would make no more sense than its close English analogue "He has not known how to talk". (Which just doesn't sound right in the absence of additional context.)

In the process I also got one of those annoying cases where in a French dictation you can't possibly tell from the pronunciation whether it's singular or plural (because they are supposed to be precisely the same), and Duolingo accepts only one version.

February 22, 2014

Hi Matut2! I'll bring this feedback to this French skill to the rest of the team. The new vocab view is still in the works. We'll definitely communicate more details when we have a clearer time frame. Thanks for posting!

February 23, 2014

You're right. Even though I haven't learn Passé Composé yet, I've already learnt the Imparfait and I have to translate lots of sentences with the Imparfait that should actually use the PC.

February 22, 2014

This post is still valid. There is a lot of discussion going on under each question, but not a proper thread to discuss l'imparfait vs. passé composé. The lack of grammar in DuoLingo is never as obvious, and missed and needed, as in these sections.

July 18, 2014

I noticed the same thing about the two tenses - they need to be clarified and you should not be penalized in "multiple choice" questions.

February 22, 2014

I've noticed this in several places, too. Imparfait and passé composé are not usually interchangeable!

February 23, 2014

Yeah this is quite a big problem from what I can tell. It seems like it's been going on for over a year now too.

February 23, 2014

I see this was posted five years ago and obviously Duolingo has not fixed this problem because it continues to persist as of today.

If they've got the time to roll-out entirely new versions of their language courses, the least they could do is spend a few minutes allowing answers to be both singular or plural for hearing exercises when the pronunciation is exactly the same.

For example: "Vous êtes triste," or "Vous êtes tristes."

Both sentences sound exactly the same, so either answer should be accepted.

April 27, 2019
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