"We read a bit."
Translation:Leggiamo un pochino.
It must have been a mistake by the Duo team that has been fixed after your comment. They have probably put another kind of apostrophe there by accident, I guess.
"Pochino" is one of those diminutives abhorred by grammarians; it means "very little", or anything smaller than "un poco". The grammarians' argument is that "poco" is already an undefined small quantity, and anything smaller than it is still "un poco". But historically the speaking populace has always won the battle against grammar.
Shouldn't "leggiamo pochino" be marked correct? That is, "We read very little"
I wrote ¨leggiamo un pó¨ which is correct except it keeps telling me Don't forget the apostrophe. the apostrophe is there, so why does it not recognize it??
That on pó is called an accent, written with the apostrophe it's po'. Grammatically they are very different things, as an accent expresses a stress and a pronunciation, while an apostrophe indicates part of the word was truncated (in this case the "co" in "poco"); same as with un' (una), l' (lo or la) and so on.
Un as the masculine article doesn't, but as the feminine article does :)
It's "un libro", "un altro", but "un'arancia".
I had the exact same problem, I tried using both of the O's with the accent mark down below and kept getting it wrong. So it ACTUALLY is just a normal O with an apostrophe behind it?
The apostrophe is there to show that letters have been skipped. So I english the apostrophe in don't shows the missing o, while in this case it shows that the word was shortwned from poco so there are missing letters.
i wrote "leggiamo un po " . It showed as correct with minor error (po') , but at the end of the lesson it showed my answer wrong. this makes me mad.
I translated the above as "Leggevamo un pochino" and DL gave the above in the present tense as if READ expresses the present tense only. Where is the indication in the above clause that we are in the present tense?
I gave "Leggiamo un po." which is the same (except for the incorrect non-capitalisation of the first letter of the sentence) and this was marked wrong. And then, in the "report a problem" screen, "My answer should be recorded as correct" no longer appears!