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"Eles dormiam muito."

Translation:They used to sleep a lot.

September 14, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/diegopmelo

"They slept too much" is incorrect?: WHY


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Davu

By saying "too much" it seems like you are passing judgement on their habit, but there is no sense of that in the Portuguese sentence which is simply a statement of fact.

[Edit: Several other sentences using "muito" are translated with "too" so I guess this is an effect you get by stressing "muito" in speech: "Eles dormiam muito" = "They slept a lot", but "Eles dormiam muito" = "They slept too much".]


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paulenrique

Also, "slept" = "dormiram" /dormiam = used to sleep / would sleep (it shows a past habit)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judeauwanabe

So just "they slept a lot" would be incorrect? How would you say that? Thanks!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paulenrique

= eles dormiram muito


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StanByers

So, I wrote "They would sleep a lot." and was marked wrong. Is this correct? If so, I'll just report it. Thanks.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Niiin3

It would be fine if your intention was "eles dormiam demais", which would imply that it was more than acceptable.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heidijan

"They slept much" - por que esta errado?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/emeyr

The adverb "much" is not often used in affirmative sentences except in very formal speech or literary works.

They slept a lot.
Eles dormiam muito.

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