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Translation:Have you been to his house?

November 20, 2017



"Have you been to his home?" should be accepted too...?.?


And what makes the distinction between "house" and "home". I would thing that house would be "fang zi" while home would be "jia" but they seem to use "jia" for both.

  • 1907

The distinction between "house" and "home" is very unusual outside of English. I do not believe it exists in Chinese.


For the one billionth bloody time, Duolingo, 她 sounds exactly like 他. Get it? Stop fixing these things one by one. Get the hint and FIX THEM ALL! Maybe take responsibility and actually hire some people to do it, instead of relying on your own students to fix your mistakes for you!


And, again, for all Mandarin audio clues, they need to accept either 她 or 他. This seems like a big oversight. Reported it, but just wanted to rant into the void as well :)


Completely agree, and there are many places where they do the same error


Have you been to his home or have you ever been to his house could work


Why not "Did you go to his house?" How do they make a distinction between "did you go" and "have you gone"?


The notes for this section are helpful here. www.duolingo.com/skill/zs/Invitiation-1 Basically "did you go" 你去..了 (a single completed action) "have you (ever) gone/been" 你去过 (an action experienced one or more times at some point in the past)


"Have you been over to his house?" was marked wrong. It is definitely not incorrect in English. (It's certainly not wrong in Australia.)


你去过她的价码 should be accepted as well, but it seems like there is no way to make them change idea

  • 1907

It says "have you been." What would "did you go" look like?


Not a native speaker but I think "你去不去他的家了" or "你去他的家了吗" might be idiomatic for simple past (i.e., a single instance of going/not going). In my experience the nuances of past tense in Chinese depend a lot on context, though 过 is often used for something like past perfect as in this example.


"have you been at home" why wrong???


You missed the part "他的"which means "His" home

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