"I had liked the desserts a lot."
Translation:I dolci mi erano piaciuti molto.
yes. here is a page on adverbs that speaks to your question. https://www.thoughtco.com/italian-adverbs-in-grammar-2011421
and a page with a lot of examples. http://oneworlditaliano.com/english/italian-grammar/adverbs-of-quantity-in-italian.htm
Once again liking something does not imply any of newtons laws of motion. Liking is an emotional response. Correct your tips under present perfect if yyou want to mark me wrong. Can you give me a some understanding as to why I when i follow your tips I am always going in the wrong direction?
I understand how you feel. I share your frustration. Though I must say that I've spent considerable funds on Rosetta Stone which is equally flawed in its own various ways. Meanwhile, I'm willing to bet that there are half a dozen ways to express the particular thought above, and Duo has hardly shown itself to be the definitive authority...