"Are you learning Italian?"
Translation:¿Ustedes aprenden italiano?
it's not obvious that the question is addressed to many people. How are we supposed to know from the English question? On previous occasions, Duo has said "are you all .....?" or "do you all...." so that we understand the question is addressed to more than one person. I think that this has been omitted. Any advice?
Just as an overall verb thing, "aprender" is something i tend to think of as tenseless (it is the infinity to be specific). You use this as the root to adding the verb endings and how you would probably find it in a dictionary. In English, you would not expect to see play, playing, plays, and played separately. I'm not sure what is up with the additional tense provided. The hint seems to try to make you apply tenses learned in previous lessons instead of just providing the answer when possible.
On the 2nd pass I wrote "Usted aprende Italiano" and that was accepted. I think on the first pass, I mis-matched the ending of the verb with the person (1st person, 2nd person etc) and put a 3rd person verb ending with a 2nd person ) my mistake. I don't think duo cares plural or singular, just so long as things match?
This question is all kinds of messed up. Not only do you not know to use ustedes from the context, but the hints don't offer the correct form of "Learning" either: aprendiendo, and apreneder are offered, but the answer they expect is aprenden.
I see these wrong hints OFTEN in Duolingo, and its really annoying.
So one question tells you that you have to use aprendan for the present tense and the very next present tense question aprendan is wrong and aprenden is correct. Can we have some sort of consistency. We know English is the only language that is ACTUALLY inconsistent.