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Tips and notes for tenses

Not too sure if this is the right place to post this. I have noticed that some exercises in DL come with tips and notes. Sadly, this is not the case for some of them. You get really nice explanation for present 1, simple past, phrasal future, etc., but no explanation, for example, on participle and present perfect.

I have not got further than feelings and present perfect, so it might not be the case farther down the three.

Is it just me asking for too much or do other people think alike? I think it would be really good to have tips and notes, especially with verb tenses, as I find these the hardest to grasp (partially due to all the irregulars).

cheers

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Bendybobcat

I was dumbfounded when I saw the tips and notes on the website, as I have been primarily using Duo from the iOS app for a few months. I didn't even realize the website had the lessons on it as well until about two weeks ago! I am very glad for the notes that are there, as they have helped me immensely. I do wish for notes and tips for every lesson as well.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

quick tips for Present Perfect and Past Perfect

Present Perfect: Haber conjugated to present indicative + Past Participle (he, has, ha, hemos, han + PP)

Past Perfect: Haber conjugated to imperfect indicative + Past Participle (habia, habias, habia, habiamos, habian + PP) (all with accent on the i)

Haber + PP are never separated by pronouns or anything else, they always are next to each other. If a pronoun is required it goes ahead of Haber

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

supplement duo with http://learnspanish.com. they have specific lessons on all of which you will encounter on duo.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RobertsPro

Indeed. So far I have been using http://spanish.about.com/ and http://learnspanish.com/ and topping it all with youtube as neut suggested.

However, I think have a small table for Participle explaining -ado and -ido endings would do no harm. And also maybe a sentence or to about when this particular tense is used. Because if you ask an average American or British person they do not have a clue about all the different terms used in describing language and/or grammar, because they do not really need it, as it just flows of their tongue. Hope this makes sense.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

tbh Past Part. and Gerund are a simple formula, with very few verbs that deviate

AR verbs are: ando and ado (gerund, PP)

IR/ER verbs are: iendo and ido (gerund, PP)

Then youll need to memorize the verbs that dont follow that formula

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tbvjshqk017

For a simple solution, I turned to youtube grammar videos. There are some well explained lists of grammar lessons on youtube readily available.

And they are mostly short, so it doesn't bother you much to watch them.

4 years ago