https://www.duolingo.com/Tomk123

Grammar and Spelling check

I have just translated a sentence and when I clicked on "Best Translation", I found that "schwamm" has been translated as "swum". Either the translator has confused the past participle with the past tense or this is a spelling error. Either way, this cannot be the "Best translation".Is no check made on the grammar and spelling of the translations?

October 7, 2012

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/kragi

Schwimmen. Ich schwimme, du schwimmst, ... (Präsens). Ich schwamm, du schwammst, ... (Imperfekt). Ich bin geschwommen, du bist geschwommen, ... (Perfekt). Der Schwamm - the sponge or fungus (for example in wood).

October 7, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/elae

I'm pretty sure "best translation" isn't decided by someone at Duolingo-- it's the translation with the highest rating by users on the site. That means there's a lot of room for error.

October 7, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Tomk123

The highest rating does not necessarily mean that the translation is grammatically correct or even make sense. In that case, I don't see how Duolingo can match professional translators! This could be a big bug.

October 7, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/siebolt

Theoretically and statistically the right answers should get the most votes, but in actual life I am not so optimistic. There is a lot of grotesque nonsense considered to be the best translation.

October 9, 2012
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