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"我的家人最近不错。"

Translation:My family has been pretty good recently.

November 16, 2017

234 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amb1337

It is better to say you are doing pretty "well" in English, rather than "good". Superman does good, we do well. Please correct this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/talk2dream

why is "My family has been not bad recently" marked wrong? 18 nov 2018


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bracercrane

It's frustrating to try guess when the answer for 不错 is "not bad" and when it's "been good".

Consistent translations should be top priority.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mourine_Kariuki

Still experiencing the same 20 May 2019


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HangTran370961

I have the same situation like you :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShyIvyClarke

Same here. May 29, 2019 and it is not accepted yet


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heyitsdruw

The funny thing is, I used 'pretty good' a few minutes ago and I got wrong. I used 'not bad' now and I still got it wrong. Duo is such a troll.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BillMoran7

Now August and the same problem. On other questions "not bad" is an accepted translation but not here. In any case, "not bad: or "pretty good" don't correspond to modern usage. One would probably say "OK" or "fine". Also the use of "recently" in this context is very formal English. "These days" or "lately" would be better.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/8ITb6

not bad and pretty well where refused for me


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/minno726

It's November 2019 and that translation is now marked as correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HuaVanKhai

Should we need to have a damn adding "pretty" for this? I mean, 我的家人最近不错 has nothing related with the word 很 there anyway.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Huahua852766

The real translation should be "not bad," so I think they try to get as close to it as possible with "pretty good" - since doing good is not the same as not bad. One is not well just because they aren't horrible.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mionick

From a prescriptive linguistics point of view you're right, but "I'm doing pretty good" is said very often by native english speakers (me).

Both are acceptable when actually speaking.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisPwise

With respect " 'pretty' good" is more american than english. English more commonly would use 'not bad' among others. Indeed americans "do (pretty) good" whereas we english "do (quite) well".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidLee931163

another fan of 30 Rock?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jonbriden

Yes. We "do" well. The current accepted translation is "been pretty good", and that is 100% correct. The verb "to be" is a linking verb in English and so the rules are slightly different. This article describes it well. https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/good-versus-well


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iwilleatyouall

Check the dictionary. Your semantics are outdated.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MoebiusMac

In most issues grammarians have yielded to the populace about what is said, as opposed to what they would claim is the "right" way. In this instance they still try to force it, but the majority of people don't say well because most people don't mean well... well doesn't convey good... it conveys meh. This out dated useage should be done away with and is not the way most persons express themselves in English today...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ecocrafter4evr

indeed Amb. As it is, it is rather sarcastic.


[deactivated user]

    "Recently my family has been well" should be considered for acceptance.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rosi982637

    Yes, doing good is terrible English if one is trying to say they are well.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iwilleatyouall

    Terrible, but common English.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/macleon

    Just accepted


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Americhino

    I said "My family's been good lately", and it said I was wrong and suggested "My family has been good lately"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adog358269

    Did you report this?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/woa7dSD5

    I continue to report, but it seems that it doesn't do any good. Nothing gets corrected on this site.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garpike

    DL in general doesn't support contractions with arbitrary nouns, only with pronouns. I think this is a technical limitation, as it could expand the number of possible answers enormously in some cases.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Katch

    I reported in this sequence because I used "pretty good" for 不错 in this answer (marked right, 5-14-19), but it was marked wrong...exact same syntax...in immediately previous quiz question. DL inconsistency! :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AusChester

    There are three things with a couple of different translations of this sentence. Firstly, "is" refers to present tense, while "recently" refers to past tense; you should not use more than one tense in a single phrase. Secondly, "good" is a colloquialism, whereas "well" is a better translation of a person's health. Thirdly, could the grammerarians out there tell me whether "family" is singular (and uses "is/has") or plural (and uses "are/have"); my answer "my family have been good recently" was given wrong and the 'correct translation' was "my family has been good recently."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dejo

    Found on Google "While family refers to a group of people, it refers to the group of people as a single unit, or collection. Nouns like this are called collective nouns, and in American English, collective nouns take singular verbs. (In British English, many collective nouns can also take plural verbs.)" My conclusion: Duolingo should accept both the singular and the plural.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisPwise

    You are touching on what I believe is an issue between England native speakers and american so called english. These courses would have (should have?) been offered as chinese for english speakers and separately offer chinese for american speakers. As it is the american grammar and spelling dominates as well as the major problem of syntax (order of words to affect meaning). This is not going to be corrected ad I am quite sure that the translators the chinese guys in this case all know american, NOT native english. We just have to be careful when we are in acsituation of a chinese person speaking to us while we are still learning and we cant understand them because the american translation is in our heads. Because of this may I recommend making up your oen fladh cards where you can put the native english translation to them or else there is a danger that we can be taught chinese well, but at the expense of being taught terrible english too!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BronwynRic1

    Seriously, I don't think the English can claim credit for speaking correct English and anyone else is wrong! English borrows from so many languages, and evolves as do most, with usage. I am Australian and not willing to throw insults because someone uses the language differently to me. The point is we get the meaning of the Chinese. We are learning and it is enjoyable.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisPwise

    No one is throwing insults. I'm studying Portuguese and I don't expect the Brazilian version to be the same. I also study Chinese offered here but don't expect to use it in those areas where cantonese dominates as is the case for the variations in spanish I'm concurrently studying to be same in Mexico as Spain. So by your comment, do you English is the same around the world? Of course not. American differs from English enormously. In Duo here, it is a great app but so much of the confusion has been with the "English" translations not the target language for learning, and particularly for native English speakers (of England) we especially need to be on guard against being de-briefed of our own language while learning the target language. This is about doing our best in what is double translation from the target language to American, and then to English to get the sense so it's a problem we often have difficulty with when we are marked wrongly for good English grammar and can only move through the course by typing in or selecting word files that only allow American grammar to be accepted. Like the portuguese comparisons I made earlier, the differences are such that brazilian Portuguese courses are out there as a separate language to learn yet we don't see the same recognition between the different English spoken.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RanzoG

    I prefer to learn the English as most spoken by Mandarin speakers who speak English. English language evolved in contact with Chinese languages. So called American English, spoken version, has an efficiency that is born of the experience of communicating with people of varied backgrounds. Through contact with stereotypical language users like French in Paris and Mandarin in Beijing, I've come to notice how flexible English speakers like myself are. When people speak to me in English -- often as a second language, where I live in multicultural California and in foreign countries I visit, I am happy to accept any form of English they use as long as I can understand them. Moreover, I even adjust my English to make myself better understood to them. In India for instance, I speak fluent Punjabi and Hindi, but if someone wants to speak in English I don't go bolting forward with my home American dialect; I compromise to a form of English that they understand more easily. None of this in anyway precludes my ability to use an idealized form of English in my written communication and formal speech. So, when I am learning a foreign language I also take note of a sort of auxiliary language -- the English of speakers of that foreign language -- which I then use as a support on my journey towards functioning in that foreign language. For example, I go to China and I try to say something ideally in Mandarin, but when that fails I fall back on Chinese-English. Sometimes these auxiliary languages more resemble UK English, sometimes more American, and sometimes they involve quirky things that are literal translations from the foreign language. The point is to notice them, not correct them. I have noticed native Mandarin speakers saying "pretty good," so when I speak English to them I'm going to say "pretty good" rather than potentially confuse them with "quite well"!

    Long ago, I was employed to teach English to native Spanish speakers. I had to use a British English textbook. It was making me teach phrases like "What have you got?" which was so bizarre because as an American I would say "What do you have?" The Spanish speakers understand, 'What do you eat? What do you drink? What do you do?," but then they get to the verb "have" and suddenly this weirdness, "What have you got?" I like Chinese Pidgin: "You have what?" Simple, ha!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rohonada

    "we especially need to be on guard against being de-briefed of our own language"
    So true!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JEM1961

    Hear hear. Let me who is without sin... The original message is as "fladh" (see above) as my "so-called" English . Yes we speak a different dialect. Get over it!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hsn626796

    Why are you often rated low brother ?..

    I find your messages meaningful


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/comandanteej

    I totally agree. And I see no option to report an issue with the English translation.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/raydpratt

    Some correct American English phrases include: "My health is good." "My family life is good." Etc. And, I do not expect British English to correctly say, "My family life is well." As to the point at issue, 'We are doing good' versus 'We are doing well,' I would say that both are correct and have a subtle difference of meaning: 'We are doing good' is a judgment about the current state of the group being good, whereas 'We are doing well,' means that the group's efforts have been successful.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TimothyVan831969

    Using has is good english. Your translation was ok in meaning but nobody says my family have been good, unless you are talking about a member of your family , like " Some of my family have been good, some not so good."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/boldsirrobin

    As pointed out above, British English uses notional plurality, whereby if the speaker is thinking of the noun as a number of people rather than a single entity, the plural verb is used. So you could say "Manchester United is tye best team" but "Manchester United are playing badly today."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SgtJacquesGoulet

    Although in strict usage "good" is an adjective ("My family is good") and "well" (as used here) is an adverb ("My family is doing well", with "well" modifying the verb), these words are interchangeable in everyday speech in the US. People say "I'm doing good," "I'm doing well," "I'm doing fine," "I'm good," "I'm well," "I'm fine" ... no distinction between any of these in everyday usage.

    However, the given translation "My family IS good RECENTLY" sounds awkward to my ears -- I think the past tense is much more natural, as : "My family has been pretty good lately," "My family's been good recently."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/roman2095

    I agree there is a problem using the present tense with the adverb "recently" which refers to the past. The tense we use for things in the past that extend to the present is the present perfect tense (my family has been well). However I think it would be best to just say "my family is pretty well" and leave out the conflict between is/recently by dropping the "recently" altogether as this is implied in dialogue like this. However this is not accepted. We just need to learn to use the grammatically incorrect "correct" answer given. Nevertheless I have reported it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisPwise

    You highlight the major problem here. US speak american and people of England speak english. These languages are different from each other here. The american language speakers are catered for here, not english speakers. Its not just spelling, punctutation and pronunciation but also the syntax where the american word order is quite often contrary to proper english. This is why there is so much contention here. Its a language course for americans only, for most of whom will not be a problem. But true native english speakers have to 'alter the translations accordingly, but frustrate when confronted with being forced to type appallingly poor english to get through the course. Let's hope Duolingo get their (still very good) translators to include our proper english alternatives.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CinnamonTe1

    Duolingo uses the American flag as the icon for courses with English. That should make it clear that the US version of English is being taught.

    If you are going to make multiple complaints about what is or isn't "proper English", then you should know that "American" is not a language.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisPwise

    The point I'm making is that American is not English. English is not American. They are two different languages. American syntax different enormously from that of English. It's this aspect particularly which is creating the vast majority of the posts across the five languages I am studying concurrently. I am not making multiple complaints but making multiple explanations of this because their is so much confusion. If I was complaining I wouldn't be studying Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Indonesian and Spanish and doing well (doing good (American)). It does require native (if England ) speakers to work harder of course because they have often have to carry out a 'double' translation from their target language to English, then to American in order to progress. American is so different, that it could be taught as a language to learn for native English speakers! Please note DidiWeidmann comment below here. He is a non native English speaker whose comment is exactly what I'm talking about.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garpike

    English is not American. They are two different languages.

    UK and US English are not different languages: they are two very-slightly-different forms of the same language.

    There are grammatically-lazy speakers of UK English who say 'good' instead of 'well'...

    If I was complaining I wouldn't be studying Japanese

    ...just as there are grammatically-lazy people in the UK who say 'was' instead of 'were'.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisPwise

    It is NOT a complaint . I speak about recognising the difference between English and American language. I differ with you on the difference being much, much more than slight. Languages can't be "lazy" but they are different. I learn Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Portuguese and Spanish currently because I LOVE languages and I would assume most here do too or surely they would not be here. So, as a lover of languages I recognise the differences of languages and that applies to American and English. The most important difference in the American language structure which leads to most of the confusion is the syntax where either word order is different from native English and actually alters meaning, or, where they switch subject and object of a sentence. When learning a foreign language it is very important that good English grammar is used for native English speakers and good American grammar for Americans. What we see here is a mix of both and then exacerbated by going overboard with idiomatic slang On the last point in England different idiomatic phrases can be very different just a hundred miles away so only the judicious use should be applied. It's likely you have foreign friends who have on occasion said something in English but with the wrong word order and the meaning even embarrassingly wrong. I.e. Successful language learning, if it is going to be put to use relies heavily on the a good grammatically 'core'. I think Duo Lingo is excellent. I mean I love using it but that doesn't mean it is without some shortcomings the like of which has been highlighted here by hundreds of people across the languages I am studying. Regards.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JEM1961

    Not different lay - different dialects.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DidiWeidmann

    "is" + "recently" is really strange: Would be no problem, if the semantical correct answers would also be accepted, but now only semantical strange answers are accepted. I have some times the impression, that the maker of this Chinese course do not really master English - this is the reason of serveral very unusual translations as correct answers. Already for native English speakers this is difficult, and for persons like me who try to learn as a not native English speaker with the English course, the learning process so becomes really difficuilt. It would be very helpful if (and is of course necessary that) all the English translations are revised by a qualified English native! As correct answer the most common and not the most colloquial or most exotic answer shoud be given first! If there are short forms (can't/cannot) always both the short and the complete form shoud be accepted, in the case of synonyms, all synonyms should be accepted etc. Thanks


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmilyBrown904487

    On the contrary, I think the strange constructions add insight into the Chinese syntax, intentional or no. When ever I get lost with word order I think about some of the more strerotypical mistakes in English that people who speak Chinese as a first language make, and then the sentences feel logical. I would say that many of the over-anglicized interpretive syntax translations that they DO have obfuscate more than they assist in clarity, especially if we are supposed to be learning how to think in a certain mode of sentence construction. Occasionally it helps to have the context of how formal a phrase is in usage, but from what I've seen in comments from experienced speakers makes me feel like some of the formality and intensity levels of the Chinese phrases don't fit those of the English translations that Duo gives. It's important to remember that there aren't going to be exact translations for many common concepts and situations in any language, let alone ones as different as Chinese and English are.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisPwise

    Certainly agree with you. You have my admiration for learning a foreign language with the translation language, English not your native language either. I wish you very well in your endeavour. So many languages are offered using English as the medium for translation, but once I have finished the five languages I currently study I too will look for an alternative translation language to learn other languages not currently not available for English speakers. Regards.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlisonBong

    "Recently my family has been fine" should be accepted.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/invictus2010

    "我们最近不错" is translated by Duolingo as "We are pretty good these days." Meanwhile, Duolingo rejected my translation of this sentence as "My family is pretty good these days." Sad!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shadowarror

    The only problem I have with this is that it's inconsistent with the same phrase in the lesson that goes:

    "我们最近不错。“

    Translation: We have not been bad recently.

    Either both should be "pretty good", both should be "not bad", or both "pretty good" and "not bad" should be accepted as correct answers for both.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MazurPolski

    The translation I'm seeing in the discussion is different than the answer it gives me when I submit a wrong answer. This translation makes grammatical sense (My family is pretty good recently), the other did not.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesBacon7

    my family is pretty good recently harxly makes grammatical sense, my family has been quite well recently might be better


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cheenesemaster

    should be "My family has been well recently/lately" I WANT MY LINGOT


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/richard711603

    Most people from the United States use "good" instead of "well". It may be improper grammar, that is what we are familiar with.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FirstUntakenName

    While this may be true, Duolingo shouldn't be penalising an equivalent statement that's grammatically correct.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joe020307

    It doesn't matter what you're used to it's still wrong :b


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WaaDoku

    So I guess 不错 works as a double negative like "not bad, right?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsobelColq

    i think 'lately' should be acceptable for 'recently' - any reason why not?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanMeiguoren

    What is the verb in this sentence? Does 不错 work as "is pretty good" or just "pretty good" in this case?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tshinnic

    A verb is not required when a condition or state is the 'result'. Remember "你好吗?" That's just like saying "You well?" No need to say "Are you well?" or "You are well?" Chinese allows omitting words that are not strictly necessary. Your answer could be just "好". No need to include "I am". Watch for this and you might be able to talk fast too! ;)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Coolified7

    I did "My family is doing well recently" but it doesn't accept.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KaiSin14

    Family can use "is"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/macleon

    Just posted "Recently my family has been well" and it was accepted.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BronwynRic1

    hmmm, picking me up on my English grammar-I said my family 'have' been not bad recently. As a collective noun, I suppose family should have been 'has'??


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angus465482

    "My family has been good recently" is apparently wrong. The correct answer is "My family has been pretty good recently"

    This is just silly.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MeghanCond

    In Chinese, you would say recently first. Or 最近,我的家人不错。


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nephologia

    And in formal American English the adverbial phrase should come first, too. "Recently, my family has been well/pretty good/not bad." The verb here, as someone asked earlier, is "has been/is". (Have been/are for British English.) Duo's English translations in this case are trying to be flexibly idiomatic, but as some others have pointed out, the tense of "recently," and where it's placed in the sentence, is causing problems for idiomatic and colloquial translations.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GillH2

    The tense is wrong: "is ... recently" should be "has been ... recently". Again, "pretty good" would be "pretty well" or similar for the UK. Someone being pretty good suggests they are good at something.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bpc20

    I put “my family is pretty good recently“ and it says its wrong, the right one is "my family is pretty good recently". Its the same!!!!!!!!!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IrvingHwan

    The computer accepted " my family is not bad recently"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnnaKlimie

    i wrote : my family has been pretty well recently. received error: You used the wrong word. My family has been pretty good recently.

    could someone explain please? really not seeing what it is that i wrote wrong^^


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeanTheFit

    Explanation: The Bird is dumb, and stubborn. But you can't complain about the price, can you?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iwilleatyouall

    I would pay money to have access to an actual teacher sometimes. I'm paying no money and yet somehow I still feel ripped off.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danybellz

    It annoyingly doesn't accept "My family have been pretty well recently" and only accepts has


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zonku

    Why is my family has been good recently not accepted ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alltom

    I guessed "My family hasn't been good lately" and it accepted it, but I don't think it should have. I don't see a way to report this.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/legoose666

    excuse me, what's wrong with writing this translation:" My family has been quite good recently " I wrote that and I got a correction saying that I wrote the wrong word?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TitMist

    english grammar always make me confused


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brusselspr3

    Saying "my family has not been too bad recently" should be fine. It's all about context.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BenjaminLa522885

    My family is fine recently


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cheenesemaster

    shouldn't it be "My family has been fine recently", "is" in that context doesn't make sense to me


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hestklegg

    The suggested correct solution: "My family has well recently." makes no sense in English.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/werdnarehsu

    So an earlier sentence in this module required me to translate "these days" as "最近"; but this time when given "最近" it tells me that "these days" is wrong and it must be "recently". Grr. (Yes, I've reported it...)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mishtle

    Didn't accepted "okay", instead of "good". :'0


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ASchaufele

    I wrote, "my family, recently, is pretty good" is this correct? I was never very good at English in high school.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ecocrafter4evr

    "Lately my family's pretty good" was my answer. The contraction, however correct, was not accepted.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PCRamraj

    Is it okay to say my family is good? (well if you want to be more precise) or is there the distinction between pretty good and good?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iwilleatyouall

    "Pretty good" and "quite good" are hard to explain, because it might mean very good or it might mean just a little bit good, depending on context and tone of voice.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John837485

    What's the matter with "recently my family is not bad"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/George792719

    I was corrected with this answer:

    "My family haven't been not bad lately."

    What we never say it as a double negative like that in English.

    It's simply: "my family have been not bad lately".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dkhoa0610

    My answer is matched. And it's incorrect. Why?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JulianJare2

    "my family's recently pretty good" is considered correct, but "my family is recently pretty good" is not ... wtf?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robbadob

    My family's here is a contraction of "My family has", not "My family is".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robbadob

    Scratch that, I thought there was a been.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xXxFrika_123xXx

    Wǒ de jiārén zuìjìn bùcuò


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alltom

    "My family has been good recently" isn't accepted. Duolingo recommends "My family has been pretty good recently" with an underline under " be" (including the space). So the underline seems messed up, and I don't see why "good" needs to be "pretty good".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SaraMontil9

    isn't 'my family has recently been good' also count?! bruh


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelenaAnto13

    Please separate good (adjective) and well (adverb). Well = Fine Good = virtuous.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iwilleatyouall

    My grandfather would agree with you, but I don't. Good can be what you are being. You can be happy. You can be cold. You can be orange. It doesn't have to be an adverb if it is what you are being and not how you are being. Also, "good" doesn't just have a moral connotation. You can have good health. A car can be in good condition. You can get a good price for your car.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deftab

    Why does Duolingo say that "My family has not been bad recently" is the incorrect translation here, while for "我们最近不错。" it says that "We have been pretty good recently" is incorrect and "We have not been bad recently" is correct.

    Obviously the literal translation in both cases is "not bad" but I can't tell if this is just a mistake or inconsistency, or if there is some subtlety I'm missing here.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pedro282758

    The answer: "My family has not been bad recently" should be OK.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heyitsdruw

    This is what I'm talking about. In one sentence, 不错 meaning 'pretty good' is wrong, while in this one, it's perfectly fine. Can we try to be consistent?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cat424683

    why : my family has not been bad recently???????????????????????


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuhamahGra

    You have been teaching us that 不错 means "not bad". How is it that my answer is wrong??? THIS IS CONFUSING!!!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuhamahGra

    Aren't "doing well" and "pretty good" the same???


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/salihua

    Maddening that sometimes "pretty good" is accepted and actually demanded while at other times it is counted as wrong and Duo only wants "not bad." That leads learner to memorize the particular sentences rather than make legitimate translations.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JosephDKit

    This usage continues to be inconsistently translated here.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Phphphung

    "Not bad," or "pretty good"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thiru363654

    My family has versus my family have.... Have is not wrong if you are ge grammatically correct with th English with the inference that family is a plural! Come on get real without this poor baseline of lazy and American English baseline you use.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iwilleatyouall

    One is UK English, one is US English. Both are correct, in their own way.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RanzoG

    @Thiru363654 Damns that lazy American and their th baselines!1! 啊啊啊


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nick99906

    In my experience it would feel more natural to say "lately" instead of "recently" in english in this context. ie. "My family has been pretty good lately.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RickGarris1

    I left a very similar response to the answer, and i believe it should be marked correct.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CSmaliinalli

    My family is recently well, was marked incorrect. I mean there is no past tense, likewise in the mandarin.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iwilleatyouall

    I was talking to a couple of English teachers about this, because I thought the same thing. "Recently" means in the recent past. It is past tense. They were very clear about this.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BillMoran7

    "Recently" can mean including the present, for instance, I might say "I've been exercising a lot recently". but it seems clumsy and formal in this context. More usual when talking about health one would use "lately" or "these days". Of course, one would not say "has been pretty good". A better translation is "My family is going fine/well these days."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garpike

    I think the point Iwilleatyouall was making was that the verb cannot be in the present tense with 'recently'. 'I am exercising a lot recently' doesn't work.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BillMoran7

    Sorry - missed that. Yes agreed - cannot use "recently" with present. But can use "these days".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iwilleatyouall

    In practical terms, it would usually include the present. But linguistically it is technically in the past tense.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iwilleatyouall

    I see a lot of people complaining about the word "good" on this thread. I think it's misguided. But just to be sure, I just checked the Oxford English Dictionary, and "good" absolutely can mean in good health. Sorry you got caned in school for saying "good" instead of "well." It really was for nothing.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rob613108

    Can they please make "My family have been pretty good recently" acceptable, where I'm from we often talk about the word "family" as plural instead of singular and it irritates me how it can't just accept it and it messes up my streaks.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TMBurn02

    Does not accept when you place "recently" earlier in the sentence or if you omit pretty


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rebecca650

    It is 'not bad' in Mandarin so why is it 'not bad' in English? In the UK we would also say 'not bad'.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kwasi1507

    I think the word "recently" shouln't be mandatory, because in Chinese that word means the context not actually an acurate translation


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Guru755939

    Where do you get the "pretty

    Where do you get the "pretty" from?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RanzoG

    There is no "pretty". The Chinese literally says "not bad" ("not wrong").

    However, some people think that "not bad" and "pretty good" basically mean the same thing in English. "How do you like the your meal?" -- "It's not bad!" "It's pretty good!" Same thing.

    In this particular sentence, it sounds bad in English to use "not bad" -- "My family has been not bad recently"? That's weird. So they chose "My family has been pretty good recently."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FJSoekahar

    My answer: "MY FAMILY WERE NOT BAD RECENTLY" was rejected why?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WangShu412

    Probably because 'family' is considered a collective noun and these tend to take a singular verb, so in this case 'was' would have been appropriate.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WangShu412

    I got "Recently my family has been doing good" marked as wrong.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YuJin382387

    What about "it's been OK/alright for my family, recently."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hemlata331379

    My family has been not bad recently should have been accepted


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carme11o

    Wouldn't "my family hasnt been too bad" be more accurate then "my family has been pretty good". It said it was incorrect


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Guenter212784

    It is interesting that sometimes I learn more about English than about Chinese. The Chinese sentence is not hard to understand, but there are apparently so many possible English translations (my own was "my family has not been bad recently"), and almost all of them rejected. Duolingo should be a bit more generous.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MoebiusMac

    Only some of us aren't doing well... and consider this something that is a flaw created by grammarians and doesn't reflect how people actually speak... even as they refuse to change it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Daniel56704

    Why is jiaren not family members? As i understand in a literal sense it is and should be accepted


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aisyah106638

    "Quite" good should be accepted as it's the same as "pretty" good


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EsojAretla

    "pretty good' is pretty slang. And 'pretty good is among the definitions ( as is 'not bad') for 'bu cuo' on other sites.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/O6O2O

    누가 만들었노 뒤질래?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Yerlan

    They used antonymic translation. Like not bad means good


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Yerlan

    They used antonymic translation. Like not bad means good.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/josefmn_

    Why is "最" read as zuì, literally, and not zueì?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RanzoG

    The spelling in Pinyin system is zuì.

    Are you asking why Pinyin uses that spelling? Pinyin tries to be very economical. Use fewer letters.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeraldWate3

    All of the sudden they want to change 不错 to mean "pretty good" after marking anything other than "not bad" as "wrong" in the past 4 modules of this topic. I guess it's whatever the writer feels like on any given day , except for allowing a variety of correct answers.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GregoryDon7

    From time to time the male voice and the female pronounce words differently, I don't know why, but, I presume this is due to some regional differences. This lesson has, to my ears, given about four different pronunciations of 最 with the most noticeable differences being when the word is by itself versus being within a sentence. IF anyone else has witnessed this and can explain it to me, I would be very grateful.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doloresfroh

    You can't just suddenly change how you want the questions answered... From not bad to pretty good! How is anyone meant to guess that... So bound to be wrong!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doloresfroh

    You have changed what is considered a correct answer half way through. Annoying!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/G.CarloPichierri

    i wrote my family is good recently, why give me error?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DidiWeidmann

    "was pretty good recently" is the correct sollution - "is + recently" is a "no go"!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Axel591520

    No, it's not the correct solution. You are right, the combination of "is" and "recently" doesn't make sense. But using the past tense would imply that though they were doing well not long ago, they are not doing well right now. When you talk about situations or actions continuing up to the present, you should use the present perfect rather than the past tense: "The family has been (doing) well recently".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DuarteAlvim

    "My family's doing good recently" was wrong and corrected to "My family is doing good recently" The contraction is not wrong...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/boldsirrobin

    Both forms are incorrect - as others here have pointed out, you need the present perfect continuous, "has been doing".


    [deactivated user]

      There is a better way to translate 最近 - it means recently, these days, of late. So the sentence would be best translated as - My family is pretty good these days.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ann360124

      My family has been pretty good these days sounds best


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/supermollusc

      Uh-oh "My family has been pretty/fairly well recently/of late" The verb tense and use of "good" to mean "well" are both wrong in the "answer"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MilesMu

      It would be "well" not "good"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rosi982637

      No, my family has never been good, they have been well. Please correct your English so that you are not teaching slang.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ruodan2

      The English should be "My family has been pretty good recently". "Is" is present tense, while "recently" indicates the past, so they don't agree.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iitslivi

      It should be ‘ my family are doing pretty well recently ’ not good :]


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/staierb

      I entered several of the corrections and it would accept then. Then after i figured out the exact phrase it wanted, it suggested the phrases i just tried as alternatives.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jimff

      This section is badly screwed up. It is rejecting the text it claims as a translation. It is also not correctly echoing text that I enter. BAD FAIL!!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WangDeFu1

      Well not good. Fix it!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RicknRoll87

      I got a weird error: i typed "my family has been well recently"

      and it replied with:

      "You used the wrong word. My family hasn't been well recently."

      "hasn't been well" means "has been bad."


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MilanLin

      You used the wrong word. My family hasn't been not bad recently. Why is this correct? Get your English right please!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MilanLin

      AGAIN

      AGAIN You used the wrong word. My family hasn't been good recently. WHY IS THIS CORRECT? My answer was "My family has been pretty good recently."


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MrsCarolyn1

      Why have you corrected my answer to say "have not been ok recently"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tenyardstogo

      App indicated the correct response is "My family hasn't been okay recently." Is this an error?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/surgediverter

      As an right answer it recomments: "My family hasn't been well recently." Thats the opposite of that why i have been teached here "my family has been well recently" Or do i missunderstood somehing?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue950221

      "My family is pretty good recently" is the same as "My family's pretty good recently because "family's" is a contraction of "family is"!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tenyardstogo

      Yes, I agree with your answer. That's what I thought as well. But the app returned the correct response as "My family hasn't been okay recently." So the Duolingo was incorrect.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeanTheFit

      I said, "My family has been not bad recently" Marked wrong and corrected to "My family hasn't been not bad recently." C'mon. man!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeanTheFit

      Follow up: Believe it or not "My family hasn't been not bad recently." is accepted!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TimothyVan831969

      My familys been pretty good recently is incorrect????


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lanlee5

      ' my family recently is not bad ' accepted


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/james538335

      Pretty good, satisfactory, good, not bad, all should work when you are not bad because not bad means I'm better than I could be.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/james538335

      I put my family has not been not bad lately. The most awkward way i could answer that question gets accepted. I love that!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lims41

      My translation: My family has been good lately. It was marked wrong; "has been" looked underlined. Why was this wrong?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TimothyVan831969

      My familys been pretty good lately..... ? Whats wrong???


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidTvedt

      my family has been good recently, should be accepted


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DebbieBail8

      My family have been pretty good recently. Is "have" grammatically incorrect?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/talk2dream

      why is it incorrect to say: My family has been not bad recently


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisPwise

      Because it conflicts. "has been not bad" . This breaks down to both "been bad" and "not been bad" in the same sentence. It is a syntax error, Grammatically speaking.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AtomZ2

      "Not bad" should be accepted as well, despite it creating a somewhat strange sentence. It is a literal translation.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonathanAvery

      I put "my family is not good recently" and it was ACCEPTED!?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HuaVanKhai

      Should it be considered as "My family has been fine recently?" "Pretty good" sounds like sarcasm.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisPwise

      I do struggle to make sense of the statement has been pretty good. To native english speakers to say "my family has been good recently" (with or without 'pretty') commutes the sense that the family has behaved well recently which implies their behaviour is usually bad. 'Pretty' used in this way is definitely american, not native english.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rhasyandi

      Has been, have been, cmon stop locking the english word!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rhasyandi

      Why in this frickin spesific sentence we have to use "pretty", stop it!!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1Kbw38nW

      please accept 'has been good' without using 'pretty good' as they mean the same.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonathanD437636

      I typed in a correct answer and got it wrong! Somebody please fix this error.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cat424683

      why " has not been bad recently" ??????????????????????


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/40driver

      Bu means not bad


      [deactivated user]

        Also i can translate whit: My family is advancing well. Why not???


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/good890013

        You are meant to say is rather than are


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dejo

        "recently" refers to the past which can run into the present. Example: 'recently has been' = starting in the past and continuing into the present.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dale_Craig

        There is no difference between "lately" and "recently." The latter should be accepted. The answer given, "doing pretty good lately," is not good English, because "doing well" is preferred, not "doing good."


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aizixin

        I typed "OK", duolingo will only accept "ok". Eye roll and next time it is "okay". Seriously?!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Katie777766

        I'm sorry, "my family is lately well" is what I should have written instead?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abby777486

        well they are PRETTY good LOL


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abby777486

        is there any thing rong is there? IS THERE?!?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/weirdnerdykid123

        this makes no sense!!!! can someone explain?!?!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rosi982637

        No, you used the wrong wird. They have been well not good.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oldestguru

        This is just bad English


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/L-Sia

        What is wrong with my contribution


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MilanLin

        You used the wrong word. My family's pretty good recently. How is this correct?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MilanLin

        You used the wrong word. My family's good recently. YOU ARE WRONG PLEASE CORRECT.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MilanLin

        You used the wrong word. My family hasn't been good recently. YOU ARE WRONG AGAIN PLEASE CORRECT YOURSELF


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MilanLin

        You used the wrong word. My family's pretty good recently. Why is this correct? Does not sound English to me!!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MilanLin

        You used the wrong word. My family hasn't been good recently. Why is this correct?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MilanLin

        You used the wrong word. My family hasn't been good recently. YOU ARE WRONG


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MalBrood

        'Have' instead of 'has'. Family is singular.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cringineer

        My family is doing well.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YekaterinaH

        leave this sentence out, nobody says so


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobinCard

        My family is recently ok


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Handrisuselo

        "My family is recently pretty good" should also be ACCEPTED.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Handrisuselo

        The word "recently" is not always put at the end of the sentence. It can be put in the middle or at the beginning of the sentence.


        [deactivated user]

          As a native speaker, I would never put "recently" in the middle where you put it here. You're right about being able to be put in the beginning. As a general rule English wants time-related phrases to be either the first or last thing in a sentence. :)


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garpike

          You could say 'my family has recently been good', which doesn't sound too bad. '...is recently good' (or 'has been recently good') sounds somewhat unnatural to me, although the latter is technically correct.
          There is more of a problem with 'is' and 'recently', which feels like a tense mismatch. I don't think any native English speaker would put 'recently' next to 'is' rather than 'has'.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GillH2

          No - that's not good English at all.

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