"My older brother will be in the hospital this weekend."


November 17, 2017



I was always taught that "time words" could go before or after the subject in the sentence, e.g. 这个周末我的哥哥在医院。Additionally, the English sentence is in the future tense and the "correct answer" seems to be in the present tense.

November 17, 2017


Yes, you can do it, but Duo only accepts that syntax; it only allows noun-time-whatever. I reported it. The course has many errors.

November 17, 2017


Still, it's a good start. I'm glad that they finally added Chinese. I'm not a native speaker, but I also agree that the answer can be either.

November 18, 2017



March 27, 2019


They do now allow the time sentence first.

January 1, 2018


As I understand it, the time (this weekend) is what indicates the "future" tense.

January 1, 2018


Why are we using zai here instead of hui for future tense?

November 18, 2017


I asked a similar question below. "在" means "at," and in a non-literal sense "is at" (i.e. "I'm at home," "我在家"). I think the time itself ("這個週末", "this weekend") is enough to express future tense, but I myself would've stuck a "會" before the "在", lol.

November 21, 2017


If i have one complaint its that whatever symbols are offered in the solution can't be checked. I recognize the symbol, and know how they sound, but often don't know or remember the meaning.

December 2, 2017


If you are using the Chrome browser the Zhongwen dictionary extension is great. You just hover over any symbol for the pinyin and the dictionary meaning(s)

May 7, 2018


I do this. 7/10 would recommend.

January 2, 2019

[deactivated user]

    In English they are saying 'will be' and not using 会 huì - future tense/action

    May 30, 2018


    Why can't I use "會"? (i.e. "我的哥哥這個週末會在醫院")


    November 21, 2017


    I don't understand why people want to use 會 in this sentence. That indicates ability -- "can be at the hospital"

    January 1, 2018


    Your use of the 会 is correct, but it can also mean the future tense "will." A sentence like “你明天会不会见你的妈妈,” would mean "Will you see your mom tomorrow?" I hope that helps!

    August 4, 2018


    I guess you could also (会)在医院。

    May 4, 2019


    我的哥哥在这个周末在医院。 I don't understand why Duo often counts things wrong when adding 在 in front of time. You need a preposition there, that's how I was taught. It can be optional, you don't HAVE to have it, but it isn't incorrect.

    March 12, 2019
    Learn Chinese in just 5 minutes a day. For free.