The audio is not very clear. It pronounces "il riso" even faster than a native speaker would do so. It become too mumbled. It is understandable after about 2-3 listens.
Agreed. Also, I listened about 6 times and still though it was saying "does he/she prefer" :(
Could i leave out the articles in the translation? "Do you prefer rice or bread?"
On the flipside, I wrote "Do you prefer the rice or the bread?" and it was marked as incorrect. I interpreted this as though someone were asking someone which they liked better in a particular instance (e.g. "do you prefer the rice or the bread Sue made?) rather than in general. I think it should be marked correct.
I'm really confused about the use of the articles here. On a previous English to Italian translation, I used the articles for vino o birra, and it was marked as incorrect.
This is what it would sound like at a native speed because, as in many languages, words tend to blend together when there are many vowels that are next to each other such as in this case "il risO O Il pane." The sentence would sounded jerky and stunted if you pronounced it clearly!
There is no difference - they are interchangeable. 'o' is more informal, so in formal situations use 'oppure'
Agree completely, also if mike is off it freezes even after quitting , very annoying, need to start again.
Apparently it is acceptable to use the definite article (in translating to English) on both of the nouns, or omit it completely. But it is not correct to use it only on one noun, i.e., Do you prefer the rice or bread? is incorrect. It has to be 'the rice or the bread' or 'rice or bread.'
Why not just "Prefer rice or bread?" That would be perfectly acceptable in English, especially when ordering food.
It is too informal for Duolingo's taste. Who is doing the preferring? That is not clear to Duolingo when writing it that way.
Hmmm, I wrote "You prefer the rice or the bread" and DL told me I missed a word and didn't accept it.
That is read like a statement. To make it clear that it is a question that is being asked, it has to be "Do you prefer (the) rice or (the) bread?" for Duolingo.
Thank you very much! I see it now. I also see and like the bold "Do", how do you write bold in here?
To write in bold, you surround the text at beginning and end with two asterisks. If you want it in italics, you use just one at beginning and end. There are other things you can do, but I don't know all of them. I think there's an article that explains all of the things that can be done somewhere...
"Do you prefer rice or bread?" is accepted. Do "il" riso and "il" pane signify the general sense or the generality?
In Italian and French, you should almost always use the article, no matter whether you are speaking generally or about a specific rice/bread.
Thank you very much for your response. Also for the answer about the bold writing. I couldn't answer under that posting because, for whatever reason, there is no reply button under that one. I knew about the italic already and use it much, but I like the bold better to really point a specific word out like you did.
I also looked for some help file or forum for technical things like that but the forums are chaotically organized and I didn't find what I looked for. I guess I try again one day.
Thanks again for all your friendliness! That is a great link and as I can see by the comments there the cheering crowd sure had fun. I bookmarked it.
I am not qualified to really explain that for Italian but it seems to me that you would use it with "il" when you refer to this special rice or bread that you might see and smell in the kitchen or at the table, food that can speak to your senses. Without that possibility and asking for your "default" preferences I would skip the "il".
Let's imagine you are somebody who generally prefers bread to rice with your meal. You would say you prefer bread - without the "il" the "the" the "het" the "das", whatever language it is. But then comes the waiter, he brings rice for your companion at the table and he brings "your" bread. You can see it's old, dry and really not appealing to your senses. You might say then "sorry, but I think I would prefer the rice" because you don't like that particular bread that was brought by the waiter. I could be wrong but it feels like if the "il" is something in between "bread" and "this bread" if that makes sense. Could be wrong, though! Would like to know for sure :)