Spanish is my native tongue at home and I'm pretty sure this sentence can also be referring to past tense, yet it only accepts present? Uhh?
you are right, but then again when you are translating from English to Spanish you can´t really tell what exactly the program wants as it is in this case; we just have to assume, that is why the program should be set up to accept both past tense and present tense because in both cases it is right. If they set up the program this way then the student also learns the these verb does not change its form in in both tenses.
My friend has finished the program and is on a second run. She says DL wants you to use present tense in 99% of cases unless the present tense is clearly stated. So even though the past tense may also be correct or sound more natural, I'm telling you now, you'll save a heart by sticking to and using the present tense.
Wiser words have never been said here.
I have yet to even begin to understand how so many of the students can't bring themselves to work the lessons just as DL intended for them to. Instead, they fill up the Comments with completely off base stuff. It's mind boggling. It is so simple to just use the answers that DL provides as they are completely adequate toward gaining an understanding of what the Spanish words mean. Instead, I see the main emphasis being on the many possible ways to say something in English. Why? What is the point of doing that?
My guess is, like alot of people who have foreign language speaking parents, or grew up partially in a foreign language environment, she can speak the language but has little concept of how to write it.
I have 4 years of French study at the university level, I lived in France for 1 month. In many of my classes, there were students from Quebec or who were near fluent in speaking (franco-ontarians), but had no understanding of French grammar or rules and were getting Cs and Ds in the course.
depends -- nostrotros nadamos is 'we swam' or swim. Arbitrary. I too put we signed.
How are you supposed to know the "su" here refers to "her" or "your"? If it's your why isn't "tu" used? And why can't the "su" here be "our"?
"Su" can refer to = your (when you are using "usted"), his, her, its or their. Not "our" because that would be "nuestra camisa" (nuestro/a = de nosotros). You cannot really know with no context, so all should be correct.
About tú/usted, it depends on the area; in some countries they use "usted" as the only form, some others use "vos" as informal and "usted" as formal and others have "tú" (informal) and "usted" (formal).
No need to be frustrated.
This is the kind of short coming DL likes to know about. And it won't know about it unless it gets reported. So report it when "su" fails to translate as it should. I do that myself. And often.
When I repeat a problem I use any of the possible meanings which "su" can mean as I know need to be able to use them all. So I use them all.
It amazes me to see people in the Comments asking how they are supposed to know what "su" is supposed to mean in a given sentence. It's just incredible.
It is all of those ;] Plus "your" (if you are calling that person by "usted") and "their".
it didn't accept "its shirt". I was thinking about the shirt of a special event (concert, sport)
It's also strange because the sentence doesn't specify a male or female subject. Therefor, its seems like the logical solution.
Just for fun I tried "autograph" and it wasn't accepted. Regarding a gender-neutral translation for "su" [his/her/their], the English major in me recoil at the subject-verbal clash of"their shirt". Duo could duck the whole thing with "shirts".
Nonsense! When you just exercise, you do not know which lesson the question belongs to. Duolingo MUST accept here also the past tense, you do not want to remember which lesson each question belongs to.
honza- I don't know for those who use the cell but on my PC, for each lesson it's written and all the lesson are about the same tense
Have you ever tried the blue "Strengthen skills" on the right? It will give you questions kind of randomly - based on what Duo thinks you should practice. There is NOTHING like the context of the lesson there. Ergo, all the possible tenses should be acceptable - especially the basic ones. I very rarely go to lessons - I have already finished the whole tree - and I practice MOSTLY via "Strengthen skills".