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"There were five cute cats in the park."


October 29, 2017



居る(いる)or いた, the word for exist, is different from いった which could be 言った, 行った, or even 要った depending on what you are saying.

いる is a number two verb. This means there is no small つ. 言う and 行く are both number one verbs, and they do have the small つ.

If you know which category the verb is in (1, 2, or 3) it will help with conjugating your endings.

The sentence given uses past informal. Chrabia's way is correct if you wanted to use "ます形."



Both are correct. Learning them both at the same time can be confusing. It is better to start with the polite form.


Thank you, Bethany - this is new to me, I had never heard this explanation before... your explanation was excellent! Makes perfect sense now, so I won't report it as a problem. ;)

One of the problems with Duolingo is that it is not actually a language course, but rather a tool for practice. Every so often, though, something comes across that I just assume is incorrect (I've seen a number of errors in the course so it doesn't surprise me anymore) and I have learned to check here in the forums to see if there is an explanation like yours here.

Thanks again - it's clear to me now! :)


I appreciate your help, but it raises another question. I ended the sentence with ひきいました and it was counted wrong because, it said, I should have used ひきいた。Unless I am just missing something (very possible), it looks to me like the only thing I did wrong was use the more formal language. But both were available on the tiles. So what clue was supposed to tell me to answer with informal?


B_bethany Is there a book or a website you got this information from? I am interested in looking at it so I can learn the forms.


They shouldn't put "ひきい" on one card. It is not a word, or even a phrase.


Is it now a standing feature that the word bank is missing most of the words in the correct solution? 2nd time this happened. And you can't mix word bank and keyboard. I literally twice now have not had half the words in the answer available. I said "are standing" for "is" for example, because you COULD NOT form "imasu" under any circumstances. This is a serious bug.


I used the で particle instead of the に particle, which got rejected.

Is it incorrect to write the following:



Yes, it is incorrect because 「で」 only applies to actions and existing is not considered an action so 「に」 must be used.




From what I've been hearing で translates more as "at" than "in."


So when I first did this I was so confused why there wasn't an answer, but as I looked at the cards I found one that said ひきい and on that said た and when I saw them and put them together it was correct. So it's kinda a stupid thing that they split up the word, but yeah


hikiita? Shouldn't it be hikiimashita?


hiki is the counting suffix, not part of the verb. The informal past tense of iru would be itta instead of the more polite imashita.




I had the same thing - the correct answer had 5 and next to each other.


this entire section seems to have a bug now, parts missing from answer components


Typed this answer all in hiragana and I got it wrong--said I should use the kanji for 5 instead of ご :(


there is an error here but it won't let me move to the next question!! The correct answer 'hiki' does not exist!!


I have the same issue and reported it :/


If you say「公園で…」as opposed to 「公園に…」does that change it to 'at the park' vs 'in the park' ?


I was given neither a の nor an い to choose. Therefore this one was impossible. I only got a couple words to choose from.


There is no "shi" or "masu" in the word bank to correctly answer this question.

This software is a mess.


It's actually pretty ridiculous that ご isn't accepted and Duolingo's answer has a 5 in it.


Stop running words together... And why is "go" written as the number "5"?


i have checked and rechecked my answer but there is no tile that says hiki. The only other tile reads bike


ひき does not exist as one of the choices!

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    But びき is one of the choices.

    [deactivated user]

      But I guess びき is a wrong choice. The correct choice for gohiki is 五匹。


      公園 に not 公園 で because no action taking place ??


      Can this be written as 公園にかわいい五匹の猫がいました, or does 猫 have to come before its counter because it has the adjective かわいい attached to it?


      Why is it just に instead of には?

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