"Nós vimos toneladas de café."
yes, thank you I came here to write this comment exactly. It's supposed to be a present tense lesson. This is confusing.
Is "tons" in this case literal, like weight? or is it colloquial, like "we say a lot (tons!) of coffee"
how do we tell the difference between past and present tense for the verb ver?
Vir = To come
She will come -- Ela vai vir
Eu venho, ela vem, eles vêm, nós viemos.
Ver = To See
She will see -- Ela vai ver
Eu vejo, ela vê, eles veem, nós vemos.
This is what you are probably referring to: Quando eu vir. = When I see (future)
Here is a website that can make all conjugations for you: http://www.conjuga-me.net/
Am I right in thinking that the conjugate option under vimos leads you to the verb 'vir' which is 'to come', but the answer is taken from the verb 'ver' which is 'to see' ?
Yes... of the two verbs, to see makes the most sense in the sentence. I explained it in more detail to ESantiagoCH above, please take a look and see if it helps clarify.
(but if the duolingo dictionary is misleading you on this verb, please report it!) =)
That's what I thought, thanks. Is it possible to report a question without having to wait for it again later?