Translation:This question is difficult.
Chinese adjectives normally cannot function as a predicate (verb) without a so-called “adverb of degree” (very, really, completely etc.). So you cannot say *这个问题难, you need to add an adverb of degree.¹ 很 is the weakest of those, more a placeholder than anything else. It only becomes equivalent to English “very” when it’s emphasised, otherwise it should not be translated at all.
¹ Technically you can say 这个问题难, but only under certain special circumstances, so I’ll ignore those for the moment and just talk about the default case ;)
well i guess it's only a slight difference for the advanced learner. for the beginner and intermediate it's relly hard to grasp why this shouldn't be accepted. Other pages have both translations with "very" and without "very" for this sentence.(这个问题很难)
i really think it's a style thing and it depends on the context. I mean some things that are difficult for one are very difficult for another and slightly more difficult than diffucult but not yet very difficult for a third one.. Perhaps one should invent a scale with numbers for every verb of degree. So one could say its's 5,6 difficult or something like that...
I don't know. For me this was probably the very first piece of Chinese grammar I learned and I never had a teacher, just learning from the Internet, travellers' phrasebooks, and trying to communicate in China. So for me this is the very definition of beginners level Chinese.
But all such questions should definitely accept both with and without "very" in the English.
问题 ( wenti / wèntí ) is composed of these characters: 问 (wen) , 题 (ti) 问 to ask, to inquire, to inquire after, to interrogate, to hold responsible 题 topic, task, problem, to inscribe, subject, title https://dictionary.hantrainerpro.com/chinese-english/translation-wenti_problem.htm
Zhè bù shì yīgè wèntí. – English translation: This is not a problem.
I always learned to say 很 for very. Duolingo is the first time I seen them use 很, then omit it from the english translation. I have reported the error every time since my teacher corrects me on this.
Ex: 我饿= I am hungry 我很饿= I am very hungry 我非常饿= I am extremely hungry.
I lived in China, I have studied Chinese in university (though I am still not very good at it). This is also the first time I have experienced 很 as a placeholder. It's new to me also. And I like your 'hungry' explanation. That being said, I am here to learn and will learn from the above explanation from AbunPang.
哈哈 我同意。I agree that an adverb of degree is required and it's unnatural without it, and consequently 很 may not be that strong. However it does depend on the degree to which it is emphasised, and can definitely mean "very". We can't tell to what degree it is emphasised just from what is typed, it can only be heard in speech. Also, even in English words are overused and can become weak. The essential meaning remains the same though. I'm sure it will be accepted and is merely an oversight, being just a beta release.