I like to think this sentence was part of the reading of a dead person's will.
I hear him working it out:
Son, in my will, i'm distriuting my zoo to my family, listen:
The man has a bull
The woman has a butterfly
The girl has a lion and dolphin.
The elephants are yours.
What do you think?
Lol! Most people get a paperweight or something, these people end up with a herd of elephants.
Right, imagine you just forgot? "Oh, my bad. I've been wondering why they were parked out front all day like that and all."
I hereby present thee... elephants!!!
They are yours now, blessed tidings, amico xo. . . hah X;"-}P
I'm sorry but how am I going to use lo? Ehehe I forgot. I have a clue how to use it but I'm not clear. ✌✌
Why do you put "i" before tuoi? In some sentences, it is left out. Is it correct to the "Gli elefanti sono tuoi" why/why not?
It's my understanding that in the vast majority of uses of possessives (mio, tuo, suo, etc), you always put an article (conjugated to that which is possessed) before the possessive itself, regardless if the noun directly follows it. The only exceptions I know of are family members (claiming someone as "my mother" or "my father," I don't actually know the words for "mother" or "father" yet).
Yes, in general the article is always specified except for singular family members and some other special costruction (such as casa mia). Anyways, in this case "tuoi" is a subject complement and you can also omit the i, since there already is the gli. Putting the i you slightly emphasize the tuoi.
In Italian an article is almost always mandatory before a possessive. THE EXCEPTIONS ARE:
It's not used before close family members, in the singular and not modified, e.g. "mio padre" (my father), unless the possessive is "loro" (in which case the article is needed).
IT'S OPTIONAL (!!! = confusion!!!) WHEN THE POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVE IS ALONE FOLLOWING A FORM OF "ESSERE" (e, sono), e.g. "è mio" (it's mine).
IT'S NOT USED IN A SMALL NUMBER OF SET PHRASES, e.g. "casa mia" (my home).
You will find the forgoing notes just below the possessive-lesson-icons (icons you click on to start any of the 5 or 6 lessons on possessives), plus additional explanation about possessives, in gray script.
Sorry to be so un-concise, but at least I'm ON TOPIC, y'all! :)
I've been pronouncing it "lyee" as a single syllable. Like the gl in Pagliacci. I'm probably doing it wrong, though.
I think it's correct, though I personally think of the y actually being simultaneous with the l.
Only 2 out of 30 comments are really relevant. That's something bad about weird sentences.
tuo is your male singular;
tua is your female singular;
tuoi is yours male plural;
tue is yours female plural;
gli/i are male articles
Because they are definite elephants and some Romance languages use the definite article in addition to the possessive pronoun, even though it's redundant. I think Spanish doesn't do this, but French is another Romance language that does.
Can we build a fb group or if there already is one leave the link here please
In Duolingo on the internet version at the top of this page you can click on the Discussions tab and enter Italian Facebook in the search window which gave me 1060 entries. Here is one: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/5674234/Duolingo-Italian-Learners-Facebook-group-6-month-anniversary-contest
Obviously said to Hannibal by his father when he was asking what other troops he could take against the Romans...
Who here is owning elephants and are not dead 'cause if you do and you're alive I think we need to call the Winchester boys for help