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"Sono le nove e un quarto di mattina."

Translation:It is quarter past nine in the morning.

October 28, 2013



Why is this "Sono" for "it is?"


in Italian time is expressed with plurals (sono le nove, sono le otto, sono le undici), just look at the number, it is always in plural, and is always feminine.

  • sono le otto - it's eight o'clock.
  • sono le dieci - it's ten o'clock.

the only exception is one, which is expressed in singular:

  • è l'una. - it's one o'clock

questions to use are as follows:

  • che ora è?
  • che ore sono?

you see, that singular "ora" gets singular "è" while plural "ore" gets plural "sono". very logical if you ask me.

to express midnight/noon we use singular as well:

  • è mezzogiorno - it's noon
  • è mezzanotte - it's midnight


Beautiful manipulative language


Beautiful manipulative photo


Thanks a lot. But when would one be using "che ora è?'? If plural is the standard, wouldn't you always use "che ore sono?" Since the point is that you don't know what time it is.


This sentence, in English anyway, sounds awkward to me. Shouldn't there be an "a" so that it reads "it is (a) quarter past nine"? Even more awkward was my literal translation, which was accepted, "It's nine and a quarter in the morning" I'm used to hearing, "a quarter past" or "a quarter before." So my question is, where is it normal to hear this English?


Frank Sinatra didn't think so. "It's quarter to three. There's no one in the place, 'cept you and me. So set 'em up Joe...."


that was poetic licence for scanning purposes.


I favor that 'a' quarter past is actually correct. When using fractional parts of something it is appropriate when there is only one part to precede the fraction with the indefinite article 'a'. I would not say 'You are fifth of the way there' but rather ' you are a fifth of the way there'. Similarly, I would not say 'She cuts sixth of the bread' but rather 'She cuts a sixth of the bread'. I don't doubt that in many places in the world it might be spoken differently, but I usually hear 'a quarter past nine in the morning' with the 'a'. (U.S.)


I don't think I've ever heard someone use "a" in that context (in NZ English, nor when I lived in the UK)


I put It is nine fifteen in the morning. Isn't that the same thing as I was marked wrong


I'm thinking of taking French. I can't deal with this. It never makes ANY sense to me.

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