C1 topic: Using the pluperfect subjunctive in hypothetical clauses (si) followed by the perfect conditional/ the pluperfect subjunctive When you have write-in answers on this topic, despite having three correct options for the second clause (e.g. habría +, hubiera +, or hubiese + past participle) you will often be marked wrong or your proficiency score will drop like the answer was wrong, and you will never ever be able to get to 100% unless you somehow consistently guess which of the three correct answers actually works for that particular question. So to get 100%, you will have to either memorize or write down the question and the top answer that is above your answer in a notebook or google doc or something, and use that exact answer the next time that same question shows up. There is no real learning at this point for the write-in answer, but the algorithm does not work and the technical team has not been capable of fixing this issue for 9 months. It really, really stinks doing this hack, but none of us like to see our proficiency score plummet randomly for correct responses along with not being able to get a deserved diamond for something we have worked hard for.
For now, is it better to leave the answer blank? I don’t think there is a penalty for blank answers.
Unfortunately, blank answers are penalized. Check your score for a topic before taking a quiz, leave the answer blank, and then recheck your score. You will be penalized around 15 to 20% points. The algorithm is very harsh.
Oh, I thought it was just me! I've been stuck on this topic for weeks now, and support hasn't been able to do anything. I had a similar situation with another topic earlier on and was able to resolve that by answering the questions directly on the topic itself instead of via the Notebook, then going to the Notebook to get the score to 100%, but that approach hasn't worked here. I'll answer all the questions correctly, they'll be marked as correct, and at some point my score just drops back down 15-20 points. I hadn't noticed a particular pattern but I'll test this now to see if I can get past it.
* EDIT * That worked. The particular question that tripped me up was the one about having bought beers. You need to use the hubiésemos form - although it shows as correct when completing the test, if you use the hubiéramos form, or habríamos, it will dock your score about 15 points. In every other scenario, using el condicional perfecto for the second part of the sentence worked for me, and using the first form (e.g., hubiera) of el pretérito pluscuamperfecto de subjuntivo on the first part of the sentence worked for me.
Hi Jerald and Matt
Sorry this is taking so long to solve. The technical team is dealing with it but it seems to be a complex problem with coding. They are still investigating.
Thank you for your patience.
Is it possible to change it to a multiple choice question in the meantime (one, some, or all may be correct)? It may even be a better format for the question since it has multiple correct answers.
The team is dealing with this issue and trying to implement a temporary solution.
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