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Coche

Why won't you accept "coche" as Spanish for car? it is used more often in mainland Spain than "carro" - I have only ever seen the latter on car hire adverts.

6 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/EseEmeErre
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I'll quote myself from when I responded the last time someone asked about this (yesterday).

There are many regional variations for any number of things, cars among them. Globally, the majority of Spanish speakers wouldn't use coche, though they'd understand what you were saying. Carro and auto are far more common. Automóvil is used by everyone about like automobile is in English - it's a bit stuffy and formal or technical.

Most sentences in Duolingo's exercises accept carro, auto, coche and automóvil as valid translations of car. However, I think the specific type of exercise that you're describing (identifying a picture that's presented) can only accept a single default answer. If you encounter a sentence where valid alternate translations are not accepted, report it so that it can be added.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CoconutMermaid
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I think it depends on the specific exercise. There have been some that DuoLingo counts wrong for me when using "coche" but some it has counted correct. I typically use "carro" just so I don't have to do the exercise twice. But if you use it and it doesn't accept it, use the report button to let them know that your answer should be accepted. They do listen and add different potential answers, they just have to know it's an issue first.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skyflakes95
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It's one of the problems with the new tree update. The old tree used to highly favor coche over carro, but it's the other way around now. The course contributors just missed a lot of good answers when they were making the new content. Whenever you see this happen, report the sentence.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Multi0Lingual4
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I don't think the course contributors made the new course. Last I heard, Duo's paid staff made it. That's why some answers aren't available.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redneckray

Frustrating isn't it? Sometimes I can't decide what mistake I've made or why my answer wasn't accepted.

So do lots of other people, many of whom report it.

Sometimes I think Duolingo has decided to use the word most likely to be understood anywhere. For example you said you knew the word "carro" in Spain Spanish and I suspect you know that the Spanish Duolingo uses is from the new world.

So "carro" might be right

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/C_R_A_Z-Y1273

I don't know. Didn't it happen when we got a bunch of new skill levels on our Spanish tree?

I agree, coche should be accepted, as well as carro.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/44767mt

After studying Spanish for four years with Duolingo, doing three years of Spanish lessons at school and living in Spain for four years, This is the first time I have come across "carro" - it has always been "coche". I presume carro is used in South America, certainly not in Spain.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EseEmeErre
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To expand upon my other post in this thread, Spain, Equatorial Guinea and a small portion of Mexico are about the only place you'll see / hear coche used commonly. Cubans might use coche to describe their ancient American cars, but not for anything modern. Carro is the word that most Spanish speakers use, auto is the second most common, and coche comes in a distant third.

Also, South America represents only about half of the Spanish speakers in the Americas.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lozzylee123

in Mallorca I have only ever heard coche

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UntimelyPancake

I've used it once or twice in place of carro and it was accepted, outside of the "type what you hear" ones. I think you can report it when it comes up, and suggest it as another acceptable answer.

6 months ago
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