"I took a day off from school yesterday."


June 26, 2017



I hate how duo goes between casual and formal phrases

June 26, 2017


I really wish it would mix in a whole lot more plain language, or even start with that and mix in polite later. It's weird when there's just one sentence like this, but knowing the plain form of verbs is very important.

The main way that more interesting sentences are built up in Japanese is that subclauses (basically any sentence) ending in a verb or い-adjective can behave like an adjective and be attached to a noun. But the ます/です form can't really go there, so until you learn plain verbs, it's really hard to express a lot of ideas.

July 22, 2017

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How is this one sentence in casual? This was so confusing.

July 14, 2017


Because it ended with だ instead of the usual です

August 10, 2017


Well, almost. You have the right idea, but the formal version of this sentence would end with やすみました rather than just やすんだ

January 23, 2018


Why is it suddenly not accepting polite verbs?

March 14, 2018

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Duolingo thinks you're a buddy now. Formal is not acceptableよ!

April 26, 2018


Not sure but since it is in past tense, shouldn't it be だった?

April 20, 2018


休んだ(やすんだ) is the past tense of 休む. 休みました、however, is the polite past form, so that should also be accepted.

April 20, 2018
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