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  5. "他们刚走。"


Translation:They just left.

December 7, 2017



"They just went" should also be accepted.


Should be, they have just left


It could be also something else, but yes, "They have just left" should be accepted and it's not :(


they have just left should be accepted


I'm not a native speaker, but I'm pretty sure 了 is called for at the end of the sentence.


I speak fluent Mandarin and I think 他们刚走 sounds informal, but I don't think it's wrong :) And 他们刚刚走了 is OK too :)


No it's not a matter of formality. 他们刚走 = 他们刚刚走 (了 is not necessary and is optional; these two sentences are equal in terms of the amount of formality). Personally I would add a 了 in situations where I want to emphasize that they HAVE already left. For example if someone comes looking for them and I want to indicate that they are gone, I'd say 他们刚走了! Or if I want to emphasize that they have JUST left, I'd say 他们刚刚走 (without the 了). Again it's optional.

To respond to your concern about formality, 他们刚离开 would sound more formal. Source: native speaker


A better Chinese translation would be 他们刚离开。


I think that is better. Because 走 has an ambiguous interpretation that could mean walk. 离开 is a direct translation to "left". That's a good one.


I object to the duolinguo translation for two reasons. Firstly it's ambiguous since it also has the meaning "all they did was leave!" And the second reason for my objection is that it is ungrammatical in at least one major dialect of English ie. British English where if you can use the present perfect, you must use the present perfect.


I don't understand your grammar point about the present perfect. Why would a simple past tense be wrong, e.g. "It rained every day"? Yes you can use the present perfect "It has rained every day", but it carries a different tense aspect. Both are correct in my opinion, as is the sentence here: "They just left".


How would appending 了 change the meaning, or why is it omitted here?


why "they just walked" is wrong?

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