"La mosca è nello zucchero."

Translation:The fly is in the sugar.

January 6, 2013



everything is in the sugar lately

January 21, 2013


The Italians need to keep their sugar more well-guarded.

May 10, 2014


There was even a snake in a newspaper yesterday, duo seems like a dangerous place!

July 10, 2018


*Better guarded. We don't say "more well," lmao.

October 24, 2017


:D :D :D

April 21, 2017


I agree with Libellule808 but just to be pedantic I will say that Bilbo's sentence was proper. "well-guarded", not "well", is the adjective being modified by "more".

September 22, 2018


Yeah, even water is in the sugar. Weird

February 8, 2013


How else to make simple syrup?

October 24, 2017


Tastes better than the ointment.

May 14, 2013


But this scene can be really gross

May 23, 2014


Especially if its little legs got lost in there :)

October 15, 2015


Is true

July 1, 2017


Your right

June 6, 2019


mosca means fly and i said mouse and it ruined me

October 22, 2013


I wrote mosquito lol

February 21, 2018


Looking forward to learning how the any given animal eats the mouse in the watery sugar.

April 30, 2014


can we actually use la mosca as a "beauty spot" like it says in the hints section? :)

February 9, 2013


Lol it doesn't give me that option now, just "fly" and, oddly, "Moscow."

August 13, 2018


Mosca is the italian name of the Russian capital Москва (Moscow).

August 13, 2018


è is impossible to hear in this one. Even on slow speed it just sounds like a hiccup and not an actual word.

January 6, 2013


Can't confirm this. I can hear it clearly. Maybe you just need some more time getting used to spoken Italian. Italians like to speak very fast.

January 6, 2013


I guess you're right. But if you think as a native speaker, you don't need to hear the "è" here because you get the sense anyway. But I agree that it doesn't help a beginner.

September 7, 2013


Can anyone explain why 'nello' is one word here rather than being written 'nel lo'?

January 6, 2013


Italians like it to contract prepositions and articles: 'nello', 'nella', 'nel', 'nei', 'alla', 'allo'.'sul','sullo',... Ýou just have to get used to it. BTW, 'nel' is already a contraction of 'in' and 'il'. (EDIT: error corrected, thanks to sfaulk5 for pointing it out)

January 6, 2013


I believe 'nel' is a contraction of 'in' and 'il'

January 10, 2013


Is there a way to type the "e" with the accent? It bugs me that I have to stop midsentence to go up and click it. =)

January 3, 2014


There actually is, but it takes some preparation and has nothing to do with Duolingo. Also this method assumes you use Windows. I don't know about other systems. So:

First, go to your Start menu and search "character map". Open the program, it's just a little box full of characters. Find the one you want and select it (you have to click it, then click select), then it will appear in the field at the bottom. From there you just copy it, and as long as you have it copied you can just hit Ctrl+V to whack it into the middle of your sentence :D

Of course, you can only do this for one character at a time, so I just use è as it's the most common. I hope this helps, it certainly speeds things up for me :)

February 13, 2014


Wow, it really makes a difference when you do that! Thanks.


March 26, 2014


You're welcome! I'm glad I helped ^_^

March 27, 2014


You can switch your keyboard config language to English (International) and you'll be able to type not just accents áàâ but also umlauts ü and other characters used in European languages.

November 28, 2014


I don't wanna know what else Italians put in their sugar.

April 10, 2014


Why can't the fly be ON the sugar? It makes just as much sense. What if the sugar was in a pile, and the fly landed on it?

September 11, 2014


That would be 'sullo'. A fly could've dug into the sugar and be in the jar, under several layers of sugar, therefore "nello" zucchero.
Many many years ago, when I was a kid, one could buy sugar cubes that contained a fake plastic fly (for entertainment reasons,I suppose). Hence la mosca era nello zucchero :-)

September 13, 2014


i dont want a fly in my sugar

November 17, 2017


I used that translation, and it marked me wrong

May 22, 2018


Congrats ... U just change my day Ps: how to say congrajelations in intalian

June 5, 2018


"Congratulazioni" or "complimenti".

July 8, 2018


jeez duo, you need a break from all hat sugar!

July 24, 2018


Why is it "nello" instead of "nel"?

July 30, 2018


Whats the difference between nello and nel?

October 4, 2018


Between flies and ants in it, and bees eating it, I shall be steering well clear of sugar if I ever go to Italy!

November 30, 2018


First the snake in the boot, then ants in the butter, and now flies are in the sugar!!! Whats going on here?!

December 13, 2018


I wonder if it met up with the ant who was in there before?

March 20, 2019


the italians need to keep their sugar clean

April 17, 2019


Better not ask for sugar when in Italy. Never know what will come with it.

June 22, 2019
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