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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tachyonashley123

Unhelpful hints

After i make a mistake, sometimes i get a prompt which explains a common mistake and asks me a question about it. I think this is a good feature.

But more often than not, i find the hint has nothing to do with the mistake i made. For example, i just got the exercise to translate the phrase "Brush your teeth." I wrote "Brosses-toi les dents." The hint i got was that you add "s" to the ends of nouns to make them a plural, and was asked to identify the French plural meaning "brushes". This is no help at all!

I get this kind of thing a lot. Is it just me?

April 8, 2020

10 Comments


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

Yeah that happened to me. I made a mistake and it told me that in French we use "les" for plural nouns. I know that! That wasn't my mistake! lol :) But I think the general idea of explaining where you went wrong is a good one, if they correctly identify your error of course!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdrianC602

No, not just you. The generic hint pages get thrown up every now and then - and, as you say, don't always relate to the actual mistake you made...

They aren't in every language. Italian doesn't have them.


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

bonjour, ça ne t'aide pas directement c'est vrai mais en fait brosser est un verbe du premier groupe (qui se termine en -er) et à la deuxième personne de l'impératif présent il n'y a pas de s donc ça a un léger rapport (extrêmement léger) parce que tu ne devais pas mettre de s en espérant que cela te soit utile céline


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tachyonashley123

Merci pour l'explication Céline.


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

je t'en prie tachy ^^ si tu as discord ou skype et que tu cherches un correspondant je serais heureuse de discuter avec toi, si toi tu veux bien discuter avec moi en anglais en échange =)


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

Yes, I get them in Spanish, and they frequently do not relate to the mistake that I've made. Maybe at some point they will refine this feature.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeeTee99

Its a little annoying. Their soluton has nothing to do with the problem


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Toots1313

No, it's not just you... I get that all the time.


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

I don't know for sure, but I assume the system gives the explanation for the most common mistake (or what was assumed would be the most common mistake when it was written).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew846032

Agree 100%. The concept is nice, but I've never seen a single hint that is actually relevant to the error I've made. The ones I see are almost always related to noun gender or singular/plural forms. While I certainly do make mistakes those mistakes, more often that not I've made a typo or used a wrong word, in which case the tip is completely irrelevant and kind of annoying.

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