Translation:I will take out flowers from the coat.
I've taken other duolingo courses , and although i really enjoy duolingi they all has the same problem - bizarre sentences that require mental gymnastics to come up with a context to match. Is there an explanation anywhere as to why this happens? I'm wondering if the system picks random sentences from random web articles.
If so, you would think they would have a native english and native japanese speaker weed out the absurd sentences.
Several times ive thought no engkish speaker would say that and several times my japanese wife would knit her eyebrows together and after some thought will tell me that she supposes a sentence i ask her about is gramatically correct, but noone would ever say that.
It's not "memorization tactics" at all. That would be if they only gave the basic sentences that you could expect to hear and regurgitate.
By giving weird sentences like this, they force you to think about the actual structure, so that you can figure out how to piece together phrases that you've never seen.
Oh wow. I saw this comment and after thinking about it a minute I realized that is exactly what I had to do for this sentence. My brain definitely goes on autopilot with the lessons where they drill new verbs into your head with repetition, but when I saw "coat" and "flowers" with the から and に it snapped me out of that. I had to stop and remember how to parse which noun was the direct object and which one was indirect, and what the articles tell you is happening with them. What's doubly clever is that the particular choice of "coat" and "flowers" gives you a little nudge, because as weird as pulling flowers from your coat may sound the opposite is just completely absurd. Nice.
Yeah, I think it can be a good strategy, especially with clearly absurd sentences. This one doesn't bother me, though I'm somewhat bothered by sentences that are more logical but the grammar is still unlikely in a real situation, like a lot of the sentences in "-masu" form that would be unlikely to come up naturally.
I really think duo should introduce "-te" form earlier so people can start working it into their answers, especially because they aggressively mark you wrong for putting "-ing" form on "-masu" sentences. One of the earlier sentences was "A strong wind blows" and it marked me wrong for "is blowing" - but the only reason someone would ever use plain present tense for that would be writing a script or something. [SILENCE FALLS. A STRONG WIND BLOWS.]
If the sentence are all logical, common scenarios, you can guess the right answer through context, without actually understanding the whole sentence. Weird and absurd sentences can't be understood unless you understand all the stuff inside them. Plus, it keeps you on your toes.
i said this in another place too but i think it also builds confidence in your knowledge, being able to look at a sentence and say "yes, i know what it means, it's weird, but i know what it says" shows you feel you have the skills required to use that language like you do in your native language, for example if a native English speaker saw "i pull flowers from my coat!" they wouldn't wonder about IF it says that just WHY someone would, because they are confident in their knowledge of those words.
My immediate thought was to use "pull out" instead of "take out", because we usually say a Magician pulls things out from his hat and coat, i.e. "pull a rabbit out of a hat", "pull scarves from his sleeve". I think 'pull out' should be accepted as a synonym for 'take out' within this specific context.