Translation:How do we involve the students in the occupation?
Alright thanks. I still find this to be an awkward, unintuitive sentence though. One would almost never find "occupation" used in English the way it is here. Generally, speakers will already know what the subject is. For example "harvesting the turnips". So they would stop with "How can we get the students involved?" When the subject isn't known, they wouldn't use "occupation" in place of the specific action. "How can we get the students involved in harvesting the turnips?". Oh well, I guess I'm just cranky from lack of sleep!
I tried "How can we involve the students in work?" I realize that was incorrect, and needed more precision. I got an interesting correct answer, though: "How can we involve the students in the take over?"
That sounds like the military or civil disobedience type of occupation, rather than a profession.
Duolingo said correct answer was ' how do we involve the students in the take over'!!! Think they have confused two different meanings of 'occupation': 1) a profession 2) occupying something, in which case a take over would be more likely a demonstraion such as a sit-in! NB job would be a perfectly acceptable translation as often used synonymously with profession.
Yeah the context is really lacking here, which is making it hard to actually learn Portuguese. Or wait--perhaps the confusion is pedagogical! We may never know... ;) But seriously, the sentence in English sounds like Google translate snuck into the otherwise very human duolingo programming.
I replied "How did we involve the students in the occupation." I think it's just as correct as the answer it gave.
This course started out great. New material was carefully introduced after a good foundation and a lot of practice. But now it seems that the later units just weren't put together as thoughtfully. I'm very confused.
Unless you're in the past (or future, or continuous) tense sections, duo will always default to present tense.
There is no reason to assume it would be in past tense, present tense is the default- unless you're in a specific tense section, in which case that's the tense you should assume will be right.