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"Mama hupika chakula kitamu"

Translation:Mom cooks delicious food

February 2, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/saynave

Once again.....Doesnt the habitual tense normally indicate that something usually happens? Couldnt (and perhaps shouldnt) the answer be "Mom usually cooks delicious food"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vitoreiji

In English, doesn't "Mom cooks delicious food" imply that "mom cooking delicious food" is something that usually happens? I think so, but I'm not a native speaker. Explicitly including the "usually" here would imply that sometimes she doesn't, I think, which is not implied at all in the Swahili habitual tense.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/saynave

I hear what you are saying and it probably does imply it. But I'm arguing that adding "usually" shouldnt be a mark against me. All of the test cases say i am wrong for adding 'usually'. In all of the literature that I have found states something similar to the below....... "The "habitual tense" is a variant of the present tense, which means 'usually/usually not'."

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