"They do not read Chinese books."


December 6, 2017



汉语refers to the mandarin spoken language. 中文is the written language. Therefore it should be 他们不会读中文书

April 5, 2018


Why not 她们不看汉语书?Surely easy to add?

March 15, 2018


I just got it wrong for using 她们, which is ridiculous - can we please get this fixed, Duolingo?

February 16, 2019


Just mark it as "My answer is correct" and they will add it as an acceptable response. I have done that with numerous answers and they email me to let me know they have added my translation as a correct option.

March 21, 2019

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What is wrong with: 他们在不看汉语书

December 6, 2017


在 means the action is continuous. In Chinese, it is not allowed to use 在 on an inexistent action (do not read). The negation on a continuous action is on the whole thing, so 他们不是在看汉语书 or 他们没在看汉语书.

December 6, 2017

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Thanks for the explanation regarding negations! It does make sense that a non-existing activity is not continuous! "They read books" could describe a hobby, hence continuous. From the tips, it is not clear whether 在 can or cannot be used with negating continuous activities...

December 7, 2017
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