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Not asking for definite articles anymore? :(

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Duolingo always used to ask for definite articles when testing vocab. Today, all vocab question I've gotten marked me wrong if I proceeded the word with "el" or "la". It wanted no article. I think this is a really bad move––learning the genders of nouns is a sticking point for most English-speaking learners of Spanish. We need all the practice we can get! Please bring back the definite articles in vocab questions!

4 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/poche112
poche112
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I find that DUO insists on the articles for Italian but does not seem to care much in Spanish. I have never been marked wrong for including them that I can think of. However, I am finding that a lot of the new content in Spanish will mark you wrong for things that the older content would not. Like using numbers instead of spelling out the number as a word. So they need to do some adjustment in the new exercises.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SGuthrie0

I don't think it's correct that DL used to need the definite article with vocab words.

A long time ago, I felt that, like you, it would be important to put the definite article with the vocab word. Based on my memory and experience, I believe it never did allow that.

(I remember making a similar comment a long time ago about DL needing to require the "el/la".)

Saludos

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/poche112
poche112
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I only know what Spanish I have learned here on Duo, so not necessarily the "correct" way. I notice that in Italian it always makes you use the article... Io bevo il cafe.. I drink the coffee.. where as in Spanish it seem to make you use them the same way we do in English.. yo bebo cafe - I drink coffee , yo hago el cafe - I make THE coffee.

4 months ago
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