I said 'he did not drink a lot' and it was graded correct. To me, it makes the most sense of the possible translations. In the end the only way to know the real meaning is to know the context of the conversation. I wouldn't worry about which word to use. Try one and if you get it wrong, do it again if you wish to get your full hearts bonus. In the end it doesn't really matter. The goal is to learn the language and we learn by our mistakes.
I know that "tomar" can also mean "to drink." I also used "take" because "to drink" was not one of the hover definitions and I didn't want to get it wrong. But, think about it, we take medicine via drinking it (we take cough syrup), so it makes sense that we could take liquid by drinking it.
This sentence should be in present perfect, as there in no definite time expression referred to the past.
The use of "tomar" meaning "drink" is common in some places, but in most places we can use "beber" without any negative meaning!
A lot is used in affirmative sentences and this is negative!
So the sentence in Spanish should be: Él no ha bebido mucho
and in English: He has not drunk much
It might be annoying, but surely callin it a "major weakness" is overstating it? If you report what you don't like perhaps they'll fix it. In the meantime, even if you lose all your hearts, you can just repeat the exercise avoiding the pitfalls. Just think of it an an extra opportunity to practise.
I would have to agree with TilEulenspiegel that it is a major weakness. Until what, about 1 month ago there existed on the site a 'vocabulary' link where you could go to see the definition(s) of any word you saw so far in any section, and you could review example sentences using those same words. This is a language website, so how can they make it so difficult to find the definition of words in any given context or review any that one is having difficulty with? By the way, I wrote two emails to 'support' over a month ago and have not heard a word back from them. It just seems to me that the website was changed for the worse. I used to 'LOVE' it, but now I just find it ok :(
I am still a big supporter of the site and the whole premise on which it is run. All the same, I am sure that the people running it want it to be as good and helpful as it can possibly be, which is why they changed the whole interface in the first place. I am just having a very hard time understanding how the changes made were for the better. I personally benefitted quite a bit more before the overhaul. Obviously the more quickly and competently we learn our chosen languages the more quickly and competently we will be able to translate the web content that is allowing Duolingo to be free. :) Cheers.
there is a word section which i think is what used to be the vocabulary link, though it is a little different. I understand it is only the beta version and not rolled out to everybody yet, so have patience, it is on it's way. of course you still have to come out of the question to access it, there is always a catch.
In England the expression up to I think late Victorian times was to take tea rather than drink it. Or to take water, even animals would be referred to as taking water. For food also we used to say to take a meal rather than to eat a meal. The upper classes seem largely to have held on to this way of speaking. So there is an English background to 'taking a drink' and 'taking food' that we could related to the Spanish use maybe.
I agree that the deletion of the vocabulary link in the latest update is a big mistake! In my opinion, we should always try to be/do better. So, it should be immaterial that this is site is free. Duolingo should be constantly striving to improve its website and , for that reason, I too have written to them twice, arguing for the resinstating of the vocabulary link. I would urge all of you to do the same. Perhaps there IS power in numbers!
I totally agree that free should be immaterial. I cringe whenever I read a quote that states, "at least duolingo is free". A lot of things are free that are horrible! Another common sense statement is, "you get what you pay for". I do like duolingo, though. It seems to help me with Spanish in some mysterious ways I can't really explain. Maybe by helping me memorize common phrases.
My dictionary says that "tomo'" is a conjugation of "tomar" which is defined as 1. Take v. pl, p.p.; took, taken 2. Take on v. 3. Take hold of v. So my question is where are they getting the word "drink"? This sentence literally translates to "He didn't take much." Any discussion is appreciated.