The Swedish course will start accepting the "have you...?" construction.

Dear all,

Anyone who has spent some time on these forums has probably seen me state that the "Have you...?" construction is not allowed in the course, for two reasons:

  1. it is too regional, and
  2. it would be more trouble than it's worth to accept it everywhere.

To be clear, I mean sentences like "Have you any new books?", not "Have you got any new books?" which has always been accepted.

Well, I've gradually changed my stance on the first point over the past half a year or so, and the other contributors to whom I've spoken agree as well: it should be accepted, so we're changing our policy on it.

This means that, starting today, we will be accepting translations using this grammatical construction - so mostly "have you...?" questions but also similar sentences using the same structure.

However, the second point unfortunately still stands. Going through the course manually to add this everywhere is a huge undertaking, and frankly not one that any of us currently has the time to take care of. Hence, we will be relying on learners using the "report a problem" feature to report missing such translations, and we'll add them as we occasionally go through these reports.

Given how the reports tool is built, this will inevitably mean that progress will not be as fast as we'd like it to be, and also that it may take quite some time to get to some of the reports - but at least we'll be heading in the right direction. :)

Very many thanks to all who have supplied their input in various threads on these forums! I hope this shows what I claim all too often - that we do listen, even when we do not agree.

Joel (devalanteriel)

July 31, 2018


Which variants of English use that one?

July 31, 2018

Primarily some variants in the UK.

July 31, 2018

Yeah, I use it in certain settings (I'm Australian); I'll admit it wouldn't be my 'go-to' construction but I agree that it should be accepted (because it definitely isn't wrong), but especially as it goes perfectly with the Swedish.

Thanks to all the Swedish moderators and their tireless efforts.

August 4, 2018

I'm not a Swedish learner, but I thank you and your team for giving me the option to learn it whenever I want ;-)

July 31, 2018

Good. New Englanders use "have you" and my mother was from there. Some people tell me I speak an interdialect (new england mother, midwestern father). But I think Duolingo should just be interested in people demonstrating they can think in Swedish. I'm on a 102 day streak and I'm coming along.

August 5, 2018

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August 3, 2018
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