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  5. "阴天的时候,我喜欢在家看书。"


Translation:When it is cloudy, I like reading books at home.

November 18, 2017



"When it's cloudy, I like to read books at home" Should also be accepted.


Yup. Pickiest lesson ever


It's an even better translation.


I like reading=I like to read. These should both be accepted.


It's natural in (American) English to say "I like reading a book at home when it's cloudy"


Yes, otherwise it sounds like you are trying to read multiple books in the same cloudy day


On cloudy days...


When it is cloudy, I like to read at my house.


You should translate the book. It says book, and you can also read 杂志 ...


I disagree. 看书 means "to read" and is also specified that way in the hints on mouseover. 看 can never stand without object, so when the English sentence does not have an object, this is equivalent to 看书


If you're translating from English yes, absolutely; "I like reading" normally refers to books and can be translated "看书". But in Chinese the reading material is often specified (看书, 看杂志, 看报纸) so when translating Chinese to English, I'd also specify books, magazines, newspapers...


This entire course has skipped over plural and singular. There is no indication of number anywhere in this course, and both should be accepted.


Would “如果 .... , 就..." Be appropriate in this context?


If it is cloudy day then I like to read a book at home, sounds fine to me


I think not quite. It is the subtle difference between "if" and "when" in English. The Chinese seems to say: "Whenever there is a cloudy day..." In English, if you were to use "if" (cf. "如果"), you would kind of imply that it has to be cloudy in order for you to read.


"I like reading" should be accepted. It is understood that you can be reading a book, even though you don't specifically say the word book.


Can someone tell me what indicates the plural? I answered, "When it's cloudy I like reading a book at home."


It could be either "books" or "a book". It could be argued that "a book" would be "一本书 " and therefore the absence of "一本" here eliminates that leaving you with "books" but we often say "a book" meaning "some book" rather than "one book" so both should be accepted.


"I like to stay home and read."


i agree. i had the same answer.


Well I cant understand how this is the correct answer but the same sentence structure is not accepted in another question


"I like reading at home when it's cloudy" not accepted... I hate this app


"When it's cloudy, I like to read books at home. " accepted 4/2019


I dont understand the purpose of 的 in tbe first part of the sentence


It seems that in the Chinese way of saying this, it is like saying "at the time of cloudy", but in the order of the words it is like "cloudy's time" where the "de" corresponds to the English apostophe s. With this construction you can say things like "when studying" or "when resting" which would be verb + de+ shihou. So, the expression "de shihou" should be learned as a unit that means "at the time of ..." Hope this helps.


This helps really a lot! Thank you very much!


的时候 means "when" in statements (used at the end of the 1st phrase)

什么时候 means "when" in questions

Some words have more than 2 characters.


'When it is cloudy I like to stay at home reading books' was not accepted


"When it is cloudy, I like to reading books at home"?


"When the weather is cloudy I like to read a book at home" is correct, but not accepted. Please fix!!!!!!


"On a cloudy day, I like to read books at home" is also correct and not accepted. This is aggravating in the extreme


"When the weather is cloudy, I like reading books at home" is also correct, and not accepted. This is really outrageous. Please fix!!!


What I typed: 阴天的时候,我喜欢在家看书。
No! "Correct": 阴天的时候,我喜欢在家看书。

This is going to be another of those "use the word bank or be stuck forever" ones, isn't it?


Wish "When it's cloudy I like to stay home and read" would be accepted. Hopefully they are paying attention when we report that our answers should be accepted. I have def seen improvements on Duolingo over time which is appreciated



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