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  5. "おとといはパーティーをしました。"


Translation:I had a party the day before yesterday.

June 22, 2017



But was this party 24 hours?


Probably, as he did not work that day


It's a great alibi; all Duolingo Japanese learners can confirm it happened





yeah, however, I would like to mention that some Japanese people describe that while seeing 一昨日 in kanji while reading the newspapers they read it as いっさくじつ。As for why is that? is probably because they are used to the formality of newspapers and it just feels more consistent in that case.

おととい like some other users mentioned already is the most used in speech though.

There is also おとつい which is sometimes used by old people and by people in some particular regions.


二昨日= 2 days before yesterday?


"went to" rather then "had a"?


Well she said "shimasu" which means she "did" a party, or rather threw a party, as opposed to attending one that she did not plan herself.


Went to a party would be パーティーにいきました as いきます (with kanji it is 行きます) is the verb "to go"


"The day before yesterday I partied" was accepted. Closest translation I could make


"Two days ago" should be accept as well as "the day before yesterday"


And thats saying nothing about "the". I had a party day before yesterday.. Gosh.. "Two days ago" still sounds better.


That's one if my frustrations since there's an equivalent word in French (my native language) for the day before yesterday and it sounds more natural. I never really head people says the day before yesterday except maybe master Yoda...


This being said when ever I try ti figure out how to order phrases in Japanese, I ask myself How would Master Yoda phrase it. "the day before yesterday, a party I held"


I'm a native English speaker and think that "day before yesterday" sounds quite natural to me. It wouldn't be unusual.


"Avant-hier" means "before yesterday" though so it's pretty close to "the day before yesterday"


"I partied the day before yesterday" was an accepted answer. Not all of them are super weird and choppy you just have to make inferences based on what you know.


I put in: 一昨日はパーティーをしました。

and it says it's wrong, and shows the correct version is: "おとといはパーティーをしました。"

Does it not expect the kanji or is there something else wrong?


Since the listening questions are automatically generated the answers need to be written exactly as they are taught in the lesson, so おととい is required.

おととい is being taught with hiragana because it's a more common word to use when spoken and the also automatically-generated TTS insists on pronouncing 一昨日 in its very formal less common pronunciation いっさくじつ. The contributors chose to write it in hiragana in order to force the TTS to say the reading they want you to use.

It's an issue that staff really needs to look into since this is a problem with almost all of the time related words in the new course. Considering the contributors had to find these workarounds though it's likely either staff haven't found a good fix yet or it's lower on the priority list. It's best to report these audio problems in an official bug report when you see them. Reporting the audio on the question itself will only notify the contributors who don't have any control over it. All they can do is turn the audio off entirely for the question which also isn't helpful.


Like me, most people are getting confused and get tripped up on the verb stem and particles. In ”。。。をしました”, Shi is the verb for "to do". So said the person "Had a party" and with ”。。。に行きました” Iki is the verb stem for "to go". So, in that sense, it'd be "went to the party". Hope I explained that correctly.


We have a word for "the day before yesterday" in Portuguese (anteontem) but saying "the day before yesterday" sounds sooo weird in English (at least to my non-native-English-speaker brain). I'm glad to know that Japanese has a word equivalent to "anteontem" in Portuguese. I usually go with "two days ago" when speaking English.


The day before yesterday is normal and common in English.


I hope Duo can accept 一昨日 as well.


How do you type the lower "イ”?


I assume you're using the Microsoft IME keyboard? てぃ/ティ is typed like "thi", so パーティー is "pa-thi-"


type it in as てxい then hit space bar to select the correct character (ティ)

Typing the "x" before a character will produce the small version of it if it exists in your IME :-)


my answer is 一昨日はパ一ティ一をしました, and it was wrong, why??


I said 'the party' rather than 'a party.' How is that different?


It isn't as far as I know; Japanese doesn't have a way to differentiate definite from indefinite article, except words like "this" ("kono") and the like.


What is this shimasu all about? I tried to look up for it at jisho.org and nothing was found.


very late but shimasu means to do something

benkyou wo shimasu means to study, but roughly its "to do study"


What is the dictionary form of this verb? If it is 為る, this verb conjugates to "did." Or is this just one of the many examples of implication and non-direct translation?


isn't the "a" before "party" somewhat redundant?


Nope, it would become a grammatically incorrect sentence if you excluded it. But if you change "party" to "partied", then it'd make sense without the "a", but the potential implications of the sentence change slightly.

"I had partied" is saying you definitely partied. There's no room for ambiguity.

"I had a party" could mean you hosted a party, but maybe didn't participate. Or perhaps you were invited to one but chose not to go (in either case, you'd clarify that with some extra wording such as "but I didn't go").


Why my answer "i did party the day before yesterday" wrong???


That sounds strange in English, like you're making up an excuse for something.
"Why don't you have any of your work done?" "Well...I did party the day before yesterday...a lot" (party being a verb here, not a noun)
It doesn't really have the same nuance of telling someone "I had a party" or "I threw a party", more that you were partying somewhere whether it was you who was throwing the party or not and you've been called out on it. Otherwise we don't "do" a party in English. We just have them or attend them.


Swisidniak - I did party... Your sentence is correct, but the explanation is partly off. It is true that "party" in your sentence is the verb, not the noun. But "did" simply insists on the verb for one of several possible reasons. For example, if someone claims you were not partying, you might reply "You're wrong, I DID party last night." (stressing the word 'did' - in writing I would underline it or put it in italics). It could also be circumstantial - if you're thinking to yourself "There's no reason why I am so tired." and you finally come up with a possible explanation "Well I DID party last night." (so maybe that is the reason.). A third example might be a reluctant confession: "Yes, I admit, I DID party last night." (even though I could have denied it and gotten off scott free, I have to be honest, so yes, i DID party last night.)


can this mean "I gave a party" or only "I went to a party"? The expression "I had a party" in English is ambiguous. I personally would only use it in situations of a planned event "Excuse me, teacher. I couldn't study for the test because I had a party." (!!!) or "I got dressed up because I had a party [to go to]."


anyone else hear "pa" for は?


I find the は to be very faint before the "pa" of パーティー


What the heck is this inconsistency? Sometimes using the kanji was right, but when theres a hiragana option suddenly using the kanji is wrong?? Seriously???


It's a bug with the audio that forces them to use kana for listening questions, the Kanji is correct.


一昨日はパーティーをしました is marked wrong.

I am confused again by Duo.

Sometimes おととい・あした・あさって was marked wrong. Sometimes both are correct. Sometimes 一昨日・明日・明後日 was marked wrong.

Both me and my IME input are confused!!!


I agree why have both the Kanji and Hiragana listed as choices if only the Hiragana is accepted?


In an earlier question it marked the hiragana おととい as incorrect, so I used 一昨日 this time and that got marked as incorrect as well ¯_(ツ)_/¯


When you put "ototoi" in Kanji, it isn't accepted, though it is right.


why is 一昨日 not accepted? the kanji can be read that way according to jisho.org (which i trust)

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