Apparently I can't hear the difference between "liest" and "lest"... This is a problem I have with almost every listening exercise on Duolingo. It is so frustrating!
I wonder why they snuck an imperative so early on in the course. We've only done present tense and here we are supposed to be working on the accusative object pronouns.
Duolingo can't provide enough high-quality Text-to-Speech engine because IMO, first, it requires a heavy data download, and second, it's a challenge for both listening and answering the correct grammar (I'm referring also to the other challenges in the game).
This is the first time I have ever seen the imperative mood. I would appreciate learning how to do it before being tested on it.
It's a bad translation. diese Zeitung should be "this newspaper".
Please report the error.
I answered with "Lest das Zeitung, bitte" from the question "Read that newspaper, please" and marked incorrect. I think there's still a problem with the reverse translation.
Could "diese(r)(s)" mean in this context "that" as well?
Das doesn't mean "that", except if it's used on its own. I would translate "Read that newspaper, please." as "Lies/Lest/Lesen Sie jene Zeitung, bitte."
Du liest ein Buch? Lies die Zeitung, bitte! Ihr lest ein Buch? Lest die Zeitung, bitte!
Why "Lest diese Zeitung, bitte." but not "Lese diese Zeitung, bitte."?
This means that the verb lesen is irregular. In this sentence, it is in the imperative plural form (I believe) and is in second person, telling a person or multiple people to read the newspaper, therefore it is lest. Refer to this website - http://www.canoo.net/inflection/lesen:V:haben
why it is diese Zeitung and not der Zuitung.... accusative of der is der , right?
Die Zeitung, not der Zeitung. Also, diese is not an inflection or der, it means "this"
The accusative of "der" is "den". "Der/den" means "the". "Diese" means "this" not "the". The sentence says "Read this newspaper." not "Read the newspaper."
Liest is 2nd person singular present, Lest is 2nd person plural present/imperative.