"They are reading."
Please understand that "sind" does Not replace "are" everywhere. Sind refers to being of something. "Sie sind lesen" would quite funnily translate to "You Are "reading" with the analogy of "you are human." So in German, "are" is replaced by "sind" in noun/adj. (you are human or tall or beautiful) but not for verb (you are reading breathing swimming)
Why am I being deducted lives
I'm guessing: because you answered incorrectly.
Maybe you intended to write the correct answer, but made a typo, wrote a word twice, or left one out. Or you translated rather than writing what you heard (or vice versa).
Do you have a screenshot of the system rejecting a valid answer? Upload it to a website (e.g. imgur), please, then add the URL to your comment.
Can I not DM it to you?
No; Duolingo doesn't have any direct messaging capability.
Please upload any screenshots to a website somewhere and tell us the URL(s). Search for "image sharing website" or "imgur", for example, to find a suitable website that allows image uploads.
I've got a screenshot of it happening this morning and when it happens again I'll be sure to get more.
Excellent; thanks! Lingot for you.
Thats the Imgur url.
Thank you very much! Lingot for you for providing that.
And how bizarre -- it does look exactly the same, so I don't know what is going on here.
I'll see whether I can pass on that information.
this is there any chance you could swith my account to the same one as my partners
I'm afraid not.
Duolingo constantly does A/B tests where some learners have one experience and other learners have a different experience in some feature, often with dozens of individual A/B tests running at the same time, and then they gather numbers to see which version of the feature is "better" overall. I don't know of any way to choose which A/B group one is in for any given feature.
That said, learner retention is (as far as I know) one of the more important Key Performance Indicators that Duolingo HQ looks at, so if you're annoyed enough, you could quit using Duolingo -- if enough people who have your "life deduction thing" did so, that would certainly send a message. But of course also influence your learning.
So I'm afraid I can't be helpful here.
Because it's wrong.
lest is used when the subject is ihr (you - several people).
But when the subject is sie (they), then the verb has to be sie lesen.
- sie liest = she is reading
- sie lesen = they are reading
You can tell the difference between sie "she" and sie "they" by looking at the verb form: does it end in -t or in -en?