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Error 404.

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Was geht mit Fehler vierhundertvier? (or is it vierhundertundvier?)

Every other day I get this error on different lessons when clicking on the "DISCUSS" button.

12/28/2017, 5:10:14 AM

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https://www.duolingo.com/margusoja

It is a very common bug in Duolingo.

12/28/2017, 6:04:24 AM

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Tell me about it.

12/28/2017, 6:22:26 AM

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margusoja - Taking advantage of your "Hochdeutsch" skills, would you mind clarifying the second question for me, pretty please? Thanks in advance.

12/28/2017, 6:24:08 AM

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Both are fine.

Counting "...401, 402, 403, 404...", you'd tend to use "vierhundertvier", because it's quicker.

If you want to make it more intelligible ("The room number is 404."), or more emphasised ("He spent 404€ on it!"), or you want to point out contrasting numbers ("Today it's in room 403, tomorrow in room 404."), or if you just think it sounds more elegant / easier to pronounce ("vierhundeRTVier"), you might choose "vierhundertundvier" instead, but it's totally up to you.

By the way, "Was geht mit Fehler 404?" sounds a bit like coming from a very cool teenager. :) I can't think of any more formal/adult phrase in German, though, because "Was ist los mit Fehler 404?" is more like asking about the error's well-being.

12/28/2017, 11:19:48 AM

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stepintime- I've always thought of myself as a cool dude/guy, so I'll take that as a complement.

Thanks for the number clarification. I'm tired of speaking incorrectly, and it seems like learning a language forces ones to make mistake after mistake. Glad you cleared that up for me.

12/28/2017, 5:32:49 PM

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:D Just as long as you don't try it at a job interview. And people would quite likely give you a strange look if, waiting for an overdue bus, you asked them, "Was geht mit dem Bus?" (all right, you can say "Was ist los mit dem Bus?" here, or better, "Was ist mit dem Bus?"), but I guess that's fine then :)

Better to make mistakes than to keep your mouth shut. You'd miss out on so much. I've blundered through some travels abroad making a lot of mistakes and taking a lot of time and getting my tongue tied up, but people have been very kind and patient with me (and happy about that foreigner making an effort to speak their language) and I have very fond memories of those little conversations.

12/28/2017, 6:13:41 PM

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I totally agree.

12/28/2017, 6:29:55 PM

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FWIW...Ich glaube, dass es in Englisch "four hundred four" ist. I think this is an actual rule in English...not so sure about how strict Deutsch is on this, sounds like its flexible.

12/28/2017, 1:20:25 PM

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BradParham - I was asking about that in German, but I'm glad you refreshed the right way of saying it in English for me. For a second I was thinking about saying "four hundred and four", but you're right, it's actually "four hundred four". Must be that the languages are playing games with my mind.

The following table summarizes the English names given to the first few positive numbers (Schildberger 2001, Misch 2003). :

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Number.html

12/28/2017, 5:38:30 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AnIsAPandah

I legit came on here just to say that your username is amazing.

12/28/2017, 6:31:02 AM

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Thanks for making my day. I went ahead and started following you just for that. Plus, I must reckon yours is swell as well.

By the way, when clicking on the button to start following you, I read your profile status or whatever it's called:

"True friends are never apart, maybe in distance but never in heart ❤️"

It kind of made me ponder of some friends that I considered true friends, but that for whatever reason, we just grew apart. I wonder how they feel about this phrase.

12/28/2017, 6:38:27 AM
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