"Les comptables font ce travail en janvier."
Translation:Accountants do this work in January.
"Accountants are doing this work in January." is a reasonable translation, I hope it can be accepted as another answer for this question.
This is a regular routine. This happens every January and as such the present tense is preferable. The present continuous works for something that is happening right now or is about to happen. That would be worded differently. The accountants are doing this work again. They do it every January. If they didn't say when, then you could use either form.
this is another one of those sentences, where one does not know why on earth it is marked wrong. 11 months gone past and it has been not corrected but reported. this is one of the reasons why I am reluctant to pay for Duo … It is the most fun course to do... I am hooked on it every day... but I do not think we get the support that is often needed to clarify things... particularly when one thinks why on earth is it wrong... and it is not wrong after all and then it is not changed... I often do get very valuable answers for my questioning in he discussion group. The above explanation makes some sense... but I still think from the language point of view the version ...accountants are doing this work in January should be accepted... because they do keep doing it during January.
Why isn't "the accountants" acceptable? The sentence could be referring to specific accountants or a department.
I also wrote that the first time and it wasn't accepted. As 'font' means 'do' or 'are doing' I don't see why it isn't accepted.
"the accountants are doing this work in January" is marked wrong.
What was the rest of your sentence though? This could be reported if everything else is exactly correct according to the accepted answer above.
Still being marked as incorrect: "The accountants are doing this work in January"
This scenerario.Two building material business partners talking. One says to the other "when and how do we get the sales numbers for the lumber sales? " The other partner says"The accountants do this work in January."Is this wrong?
"Les comptables" = "accountants": is there any rule of thumb for when the definite article means "the" and when it means "the entire category of"? Or is it entirely from context (which we don't get on Duo?)