Translation:I did not swim much last month.
でした makes the negative verb past tense. 泳ぎません would be "I do not swim"; 泳ぎませんでした means "I did not swim."
It marks the past tense. ました is the past version of ます. ませんでした is the past version of ません.
あまり must be used in conjunction with verb+ません(でした). It is not a double negation.
Why does she pronounce 月 "getsu"? Shouldn't it be "gatsu" in this case? Thank you :)
Getsu is correct when referring to "this" "last" or so on. Gatsu is used for specific months such as "ichigatsu"
In english is there a difference in meaning between: 1) I did not swim last month much, and 2) I did not swim much last month. ???
I think mostly it's how it sounds. "I did not swim last month much" is very awkward to say and doesn't sound right - at least it doesn't to me. "I did not swim much last month" flows better and sounds correct. <sub>Technically</sub> both are correct, but the second sentence is more accurate!
I don't think both are correct. "I didn't swim last month much" is wrong because "much" is an adverb that modifies the verb.
I answered "Last month I didn't swim very much" and it was marked incorrect
Yes, I answered the same, and think it is a nuance the developers missed.
There's a slight difference between 'to swim' and 'to go swimming'. The latter would be more accurately translated as 'oyogi ni ittekimasu'.
The meaning doesn't change much, but you added the verb 'go' which wasn't present in the original sentence.
I don't think "too" is necessary in the translation... but it should probably be accepted.
Would it also be correct without でした? Is it a polite work like です?
I put "We didn't do a lot of swimming last month." I know the inferred pronoun is like almost always "I" but I still felt like that was fine. D=
"We" as the subject is fine. "do a lot of swimming" is the problematic part of the translation; "swim a lot"/"swim much" is a much more concise and clear way to say that.
So I said, and got wrong, "I didn't do much swimming last month."
The way I phrased it, "swimming" is more of a noun, right? And what's in the sentence is used as a verb. Does that seem right as to why I got it wrong?
"Do much swimming" is unnecessarily wordy and a little awkward; "swim a lot"/"swim much" is a much more concise and clear way to say that.
I said "I did not swim that much last month" and the answer was "I did not swim much last month." Flagged.