"Yes, we always do."
Translation:Ja, det gör vi alltid.
Shouldn't the English sentence be: "Yes, we always do that."? The "that" is the counterpart of "det", and would be a useful didactic aid (in my opinion). As it stands now the "do" here in the English is just a modal verb without a complement rather than the full verb "to do", so translating it to "gör" probably isn't strictly accurate anyway, right?
The Swedish verb is a stand in for many possible verbs here. Läser ni tidningen på morgnarna? - Ja det gör vi alltid. ('Do you read the newspaper in the mornings? Yes we always do'), Äter du kyckling? - Ja det gör jag ('Do you eat chicken? Yes I do'). Bor du i Sverige? - Ja, det gör jag. ('Do you live in Sweden? - Yes I do').
So the Swedish sentence is not really about doing something, it is a sentence that confirms that the action takes place, if you see what I mean.
Ok, so English and Swedish are working pretty much the same here, except for the fact that we can drop the complement (that) in English. Thanks.
Firstly, you must conjugate the verb → gör. Secondly you need the det. Thirdly, in these constructions Swedish prefers putting the det at the front, compare det vill jag inte, det vet jag inte etc.
No, the adverb (alltid) cannot come before the verb in main clauses. And gör needs some object of some sort, so you have to have a det.
I got marked wrong because of word order. Ja, vi gör det alltid being corrected to Ja, det gör vi alltid. I support the former must sound wrong or be grammatically incorrect. I'm not sure.
As far as I know, both of those are fine as the verb is in second position in both examples.
This is what frustrates me about Duolingo. "That" is not in the English sentence, but it is in the Swedish version. No explanation of when to use it. I simply get dinged for being wrong. Same with word order/sentence construction. There must be a rule. Duolingo's drawback is that these rules are never exposed. Examples and translations are nice, but sometimes a little more is called for.
I've found since I wrote the above comment that the website version of Duolingo is substantially more informative than the mobile phone app. The difference is major.
Yes but some of us only have a phone and not a computer. Does the website version work on a phone?
I was using only the Android app on my phone for a lengthy time when one day I was sitting in front of my computer and decided to take a look at Duolingo. The website is much better, in my opinion. The site allows access to more information that I was unable find using my phone. At least I could not find it. Maybe someone else knows how.
Why not "Ja, gör det vi alltid? I made the verb second in the sentence.
I've found that it doesn't count when starting with stuff like "yes" or "no". I guess those are considered entirely separate pieces or something?