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  5. "taDbe' 'ach bIrqu'."

"taDbe' 'ach bIrqu'."

Translation:It was not frozen but it was really cold.

June 3, 2018



why is this in the past tense?


It's an unfortunate side-effect of being given a sentence with no context. If I walked up to you shivering and said jIbIrqu', you'd understand that I mean I'm very cold right now. But if I were telling you a story about how I once went skinny-dipping in the winter and I said jIbIrqu', you'd understand that I mean that I was very cold at that time, not now. Klingon does not mark verbs for tense; it indicates time contexts in other ways.

In Duolingo, you get no contexts with the sentences, so there's no way to confidently translate into a particular English tense. jIbIrqu' could mean I was very cold or I am very cold or I will be very cold depending on the context. To get around this problem, Duolingo lets you choose any of those possibilities.


I suspect a coin was flipped. The other valid versions should be accepted too.


A fairly good explanation is given in the Tips & Notes. If you have not been reading the Tips & Notes, I would like to ask that you review those so we don’t have to continuously repeat the information that we have explained there. If you have read them and still have a question, please be specific in your question so we can figure out where the confusion is.

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Thank you!


I read Tips and Notes. Does not answer this question as why present tense marked WRONG with past tense given as right. I see no time adverb or context that makes past tense the only right answer. So I think this is a Duolingo error


What was your present-tense sentence? This should allow a present tense answer. It is not frozen but it is very cold and variations thereof (he, she, they) are good.


The extra details are very helpful in answering your question, though I'm still not sure what went wrong. This particular sentence is set to accept past, present, and future. Did you report it as "my sentence should be accepted"? I don't see any reports. Did you happen to take a screen cap I could look at?


My bad, I should have used report


No problem. Only "My sentence should have accepted" is a valuable report. We get to see what you wrote and can compare it to the alternatives we have. All the other reports basically just say, "something's wrong here" with out any indication what it is. So coming here is a great way to communicate specific problems to us. But the more details and specifics we can get the easier it is for us to find the problem.

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