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  5. "我的朋友都喜欢跳舞。"


Translation:All of my friends like dancing.

November 17, 2017



There is no great difference in meaning between "All of my friends like dancing" and "My friends all like dancing", just a difference in emphasis. I think both are reasonable translations of 我的朋友都喜欢跳舞


As others have pointed out, perhaps there should be some other sentence structures accepted. For example: "My friends all like to dance" was marked as incorrect.


Agreed and reported. This answer is still not accepted three months later.


Still not excepted after another two months.


16/03/2020 "My friends all like dancing" is still not excepted


It should give some options for the structure of the sentence I think. All my friends like dancing and My friends all like dancing shouldn't be marked incorrect for "using the wrong word."


Can't this also be "My friends both like dancing" instead of "All my friends like dancing." ?

Seems unclear because there is no context and it could be either


都 is required and doesn't mean both in the same way. It's simply Chinese's way of showing that both people did the action, but it's not emphasizing both.

This sentence written without 都 would be incorrect. It's kind of like 很 in that it's required but it lacks a large amount of meaning.


Hey thanks for your reply, but I'm not suggesting to remove 都.

I'm suggesting that 我的朋友都喜欢跳舞 has two meanings because there isn't enough context. It doesn't say how many friends. So it could mean two friends (both) or many friends (all). 我的朋友都喜欢跳舞 can mean:

Also, both 1 and 2 have two variations if you change the word order.

  1. My friends both like dancing // Both my friends like dancing.
  2. My friends all like dancing // All my friends like dancing.


I think the most literal translation would be "My friends all like dancing." That doesn't mean it's the only translation, nor is it the most accurate. However, when I hear 都 without a number of people, I assume it automatically just means "all." "Both" isn't wrong, but I'd still say "all" as it just makes more sense.

Also, the word order SHOULDN'T matter, but I got the answer wrong because of it.


Me too. I used "My friends all like dancing." but is insisted that the sentence should be, "All my friends like dancing."


This is probably understood as "all" more often because you'd use 俩 instead, which exclusively means "both."


The sentence would definitely not be incorrect without 都


"My friends all like dancing" is surely an equally valid translation.


why is "my friends all like dancing" wrong?


It isn't wrong. They should include it among the correct answers.


Shouldn't 'My friends both like dancing' be correct??


It forced me to write "all me friends," which is obviously wrong, with the words from the word bank. Anyone else with that issue?


Then I guess we don't have to leave them behind. ;)


"My friends all like dancing" is a grammatically correct sentence but wasn´t accepted


My friends all enjoy dancing.


I'm ok with the correction, though 'All OF my friends' sound much more natural to me.


'All my friends like to dance" was deemed incorrect


All my friends like to dance means exactly the same thing






Shouldn't " All of my friends likes to dance " be accepted?


I didnt know 朋友 could be plural. Please correct me if im wrong.


If I'm not wrong, 朋友们 indicates more than one friend while 朋友 indicates one friend. 朋友 is in plural in this sentence because of 都 which means 'all'.

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How about like to dance?


Why "all of my friends likes to dance?" wrong?


To throw something like this at beginners without FIRST INTRODUCING THEM TO THE MEANINGS (NOT ONLY SOUNDS) OF THE CHARACTERS is not good teaching. There has to be a gradual understanding of the sounds and meanings together before beginners should be expected to put them together. This is a major flaw in this Beta version. Also: be consistent about "hen" (very). It is either there or it isn't. It should not be assumed.


I agree the course should show chinese character, chinese pinyin, and english when they do the vocab. Just Chinese and Pinyin is very slow to learn. I'm doing Duolingo + HelloChinese and I think Duo goes through more characters quicker, but HelloChinese gives quite nice little lessons and talking which I think is big.

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