Combining Tenses

I think there should be additional lessons added that combine different tenses so that we can tell them apart when we are reading. For example, if I see the phrase "nous allions", I know that this means "we went" using the imperfect tense. However, it looks very similar to "nous allons" which means, "we are going." I think it would be helpful if we were given phrases that combine multiple tenses so that we can differentiate between them in our reading and in conversations. I also would like to see, for example, the simple future combined with conditional because for the conjugations with "je", the words end up sounding the same. E.g. Je serai = I will go using the simple future tense Je serais = I would go using the conditional tense, but they both sound the same.

January 26, 2018


And I agree that would be helpful

January 26, 2018

I think most courses need something like this. This actually wouldn't be as much of a problem if doing the "strengthen skills" reviews pulled the sentences from multiple lessons. Instead it seems to pull its sentences from usually one to rarely three lessons.

January 27, 2018

I like your idea. (I had been considering posting something similar.) And I don't consider your post as spam.

If I'm reading the DL guidelines correctly, they appreciate it if "feature requests" are posted in the "general "Duolingo in English" forum​. I just looked there and didn't see this suggestion posted.


And the forum link:

January 27, 2018

Hi Hermione, i wrote an article about using the indicative tenses, tell me if it helps you, if not, write a comment and tell what you want know precisely, i will write an article about it Thomas

January 28, 2018

Bonjour FF3, il est un très bon article. Merci!

January 28, 2018

Hi FastFrench3, I am familiar with all the tenses (I am actually using Duolingo, for the most part, to continue with my high school learning). Maybe your article just just include when tenses are combined? For instance, I know that imparfait is often used to passe compose, e.g. Un jour quand j'etais jeune, je suis alle au zoo. And because so many of the conjugations follow similar rules--for example, j'etais/je serais (I was/I would be)--and in this example, they both conjugate with the ending -ais, it would be helpful in a lesson to see both tenses together and have to differentiate between what has happened and what may happen.

February 1, 2018

I would love a combined practice like that. I actually find it helpful to practice a single sentence idea using all the different tenses such as: I will work; I am working; I was working; I would have worked; I would have been working, etc. It lets me see how the same idea works in each tense setting.

January 29, 2018

My French teacher combined a bunch of tenses on the exam, which was tricky but really helpful! I would love to see that here!!

January 26, 2018
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