Among the acceptable answers listed was: She wrote poetry when she was a kid.
It did not accept: She wrote poetry when she was a girl.
Go home, owl. You're drunk.
Why do they use "escribio" in the same sentence with the imperfect past? Why isn't it escribia for example?
My thought as well. This is the prototype sentence that introduced and reinforced the imperfect for interminable exercises. Maybe the number of poems she wrote would better signal the preterite. Ella escribió un poema cuando era.....
the computer is telling us that she always is a girl (she will generally speaking never be a boy) but a child is temporary. I am just analyzing the computer.
"Girl" generally means a female child. I can see why "child" might convey the meaning more accurately, but I don't think "girl" would be wrong. Imagine a little old lady saying to her granddaughter, "When I was a girl..."