"No, I escaped and now I am free."
Translation:Non, je me suis échappé et maintenant je suis libre.
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I typed "Non, je me suis échappé et je suis libre maintenant." and my answer was not accepted. I wanted to know why because, if you focus only on the meaning of the sentence, writing "maintenant, je suis libre" and "je suis libre maintenant" is the same thing.
I know that writing "maintenant" before "je suis libre" is a way to put an emphasis on the word "maintenant" and, technically, if "now" is written before "I am free", "maintenant" should be written before "je suis libre" as well.
Nevertheless, it has no impact on the meaning of the sentence, but only on its style. Thus, I think that "Non, je me suis échappé et je suis libre maintenant." should be accepted as well.
I would like to know what other people think of that, so do not hesitate to do so, whether you agree or disagree with me. If you do not understand what I wrote, feel free to ask me to rephrase it :)
I think you are right about the meaning of the two variations. The pretty much, if not absolutely mean the same.
But I think of Duo as a translation exercise. And, since we can ALSO move the word 'now' to two corresponding spots in English, then only one at a time can be a correct TRANSLATION in my opinion.
Maintaining the given word order as much as possible, I see as the computers only way to know you didn't confuse to words by accident. (Like libre and maintenant, in this case. As silly as that would be.)
Apparently, there is a very slight difference between the two verbs:
- "s'enfuir" means to get away from somewhere very rapidly. I think that it may be the French equivalent of the English verb "to flee";
- "s'échapper" means to get away from somewhere in a sneaky way. The definition of this verb is quite close to the one of the English verb "to escape".
For those who can understand definition of words in French and English monolingual dictionaries, here are the sources I used:
- "Escape", Online Collins Dictionary: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/escape
- "Flee", Online Collins Dictionary: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/flee
- "S'échapper", Dictionnaire Larousse en ligne: https://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais/s_%C3%A9chapper/27408
- "S'enfuir", Dictionnaire Larousse en ligne: https://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais/s_enfuir/29498?q=s%27enfuir#29381