Something being 'a regional variant' does not make it correct English. In certain parts of London, particularly with older people, one can often hear something like 'we were took by surprise'. Absolutely genuine 'regional variant'. Would anybody actually use that for language learners, no matter which one of the two translated languages he or she wants to learn? People are quite quick to claim that something is or isn't 'grammatically correct'. Unfortunately a big part of the UK population has no idea of grammar because it is taught exceedingly sparingly, if at all. The good public schools make the effort, most state schools don't. I appreciate that certain 'regional variants' may be correct but you can't accept them as 'correct' just because somebody uses these expressions. Same goes for Finnish and, I assume, for every single language.
I can imagine in North of England people might "do dishes". The UK schools taught grammar 50 years ago, it was rubbish. Now its back, politicised, and still a bit rubbish: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/jan/23/dear-gavin-williamson-could-you-tell-parents-what-a-fronted-adverbial-is
I wrote "We are doing the dishes and are laughing", but it was not accepted. Would that be a correct translation as well, Linda?
I wanted to eliminate the interpretation "We are doing the dishes and we are doing the laughing", which I think can be made from DuoLingo's correct answer...
I think 'me teemme naurua' might be "we're doing the laughter", while 'me teemme naurumista' might be "we're doing the laughing".
As for the English, I can imagine a sentence like "We're doing the laughing now" as a way to emphasize that it's us, and not someone else, now laughing. But most of the time, “We are doing the laughing” would indeed sound odd.
I am Swedish. I am neither a native speaker of English or Finnish. I just want to learn Finnish, not English. So if I answer with English and it is grammatically wrong but the answer is correct. Then I should have a correct answer. I'm not here to learn English grammar, just Finnish
@UlrikaRuns,Dear Ulrike, I sympathize. I think most DL comments in the discussion try to clarify, using non-native English, what the Finnish words actually mean in Finnish. So sometimes this leads to involved or subtle bits of English grammar too.
I as a native English speaker am also learning a lot of English grammar... I guess that doesn't help though.
I too have made a number of mistakes entering the English answers as well. I guess it would be hard to set up rules that accept certain grammatical errors but not mistakes that give an other meaning to the original sentence. I've also entered a number of erroneous words that are accepted, since you at most only get a warning when the correct word is just a letter away from ones erroneous answer – in some situations that is not good either.