"Ellos encuentran la comida."
Translation:They find the food.
That's how I translated this sentence, and got it wrong. I think it is possible to find a meal!
They find the meal. should be accepted. Comida has always meant meal. Now it doesn't? Wth?
Encuentran reminds me of the word "encounter" Which helps me remember how to say "find" in spanish
I used encounter and it was marked incorrectly! Apparently duolingo don't see the connection.
Google translator sees the connection:
verb: to find: ENCONTRAR FIND: encontrar, hallar, descubrir a, acertar, dar con, declarar meet: conocer, satisfacer, atender, encontrar, encontrarse, encontrarse con encounter: encontrar, encontrarse con, tropezar, tropezar con locate: localizar, ubicar, encontrar, colocar, establecer, hallar spot: manchar, encontrar, reconocer, notar, reparar en, descubrir por trace: rastrear, trazar, localizar, seguir, calcar, encontrar come upon: encontrar, encontrarse con, descubrir pitch upon: tropezar contra, decidirse por, elegir, escoger, encontrar, dar con espy: divisar, encontrar
It would be correct in this case too. "Ellos" denotes that it is a group of men or boys which have found the food, whereas if it where "ellas" it would be a group of women or girls. Either way, it doesn't make a difference in english since "they" covers both genders :)
One of the choices under encuentran is discover. I wrote "They discover the meal."...wrong Then I change it to "They discover the food."...wrong again Why?
Suggest doing this. Click on Words in the across-the-page menu bar above after completing a lesson. You will see a list of the words you have so far been exposed to, and are supposed to so far know. Click on some and you will see the Duolingo provided English meanings. Keep clicking until you find one that has a down arrow at the bottom of the list. Click on that and you may be astonished to see the many different words which Duolingo is aware of which Spanish words can be translated to in English. Duolingo does NOT support all those English words in the lessons and to expect it to merely means one is out of one's mind.
What Duolingo does is take one or two commonly used English words and uses them to try to teach us the Spanish meanings while there could be twenty or more English words which could apply but they are not necessary in the lessons because the Duolingo course is not for learning to become a Professional Translator but just to help get one started learning a new language in a simple way eliminating complexities as much as possible.
Do look at the list of English words Duo knows about. For some, it is huge. Mind boggling.
I did not, nor was I aware that you could report something other than in discussion.
It's actually discouraged to report mistakes in the discussion, but a lot of people post when they aren't sure if it's Duolingo's mistake or theirs or to share information with other learners so I don't personally discourage it.
When Duolingo has marked you wrong look in the lower left hand corner and there should be a button that says "Report a problem". Click the button and then you should be able to either click on my translation should be accepted or comment and explain your situation.
Thank you kindly for your assistance. I just began using Duolingo a week ago, so I'm learning as I go...but that is the point, isn't it?!
You should consider slowing down and doing a lot of drilling (that means, repeating the lessons, over and over) and avoiding the temptation to jump to the next lesson just because it opens up so you can do that.
What you need to be doing for your best learning experience is not simply successfully getting through the lessons but familiarizing yourself with the language as much as possible so you really know it, which you are not doing, and can't do, racing through the program.
Looks like you're doing pretty good for only having used Duolingo a week. It took me a while to figure Duolingo out. Good luck. I hope you stick with it. If you ever need information about additional resources for learning Spanish, let me know.
Why does duolingo say I mispelled it in some instances and then says it's wrong in others? I typed "Ellos encuentren la comida" only messing up on the "a" so it said it was wrong but I can mess up a word a lot worse and it just says you have misspelled the word. Why is that?
It was marked wrong because "encuentrEn" is the imperative/command form of the verb. It would be TELLING them (ellos) to FIND the food.
I just had this marked wrong as "They find food" and retook the test, now it says "They find food" is correct??
I said, "They are finding the food" and it said that it was incorrect, but last time on my old account I got it wrong for not saying that.