"Mes clés sont tombées par terre pendant la manifestation."

Translation:My keys fell to the ground during the protest.

June 9, 2020

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I think the preposition "on" is at least as natural in English: "My keys fell on the ground during the strike."


------ i tried "onto " . duo didn't like that, either . . .

Big 22 jun 20


What is wrong with 'my keys have fallen on the ground during the protest'


When a time frame is given English uses the simple past. You could say ‘My keys have fallen to the ground’, without a specified time, meaning it has happened recently.


That is yet another arbitrary formalism of usage that precludes grammar. Rejecting actual English -- how's that going for you?

The adverbial phrase "during the protest" modifies the verb "have" which is in the present tense so it means the protest is currently ongoing or relevant as experience (answering "What have you done?", say: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/299609/during-present-perfect-tense/403519 ) and is rightly true to the French here. The problem with the hard past tense "fell" is that it definitely limits "during the protest" to something that has happened in the past. This is a rule better kept in British English, but even Americans agree here.


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"My keys fell on the ground during the demo" not accepted. Why?


My answer was correct but marked wrong. I do not have access to the 'accent' keys and haven't had this problem before.


------- duo doesn't count punctuation, diacritics (accents ), capitalizationorspacing and usually is okay with one typo - unless it changes the meaning of a word . . .

if you could copy and paste your response here, somebody might be able to spot what made duo so fussy.


You're very kind but I've decided not to give it anymore free headspace! When I'd finished the lesson I retreated to 'Stories'. Thanks again.


Well I trust you noticed and picked them up or you would have been locked out of your house. It's rather an odd statement if it's about losing your keys, but it's not wrong.

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