I already reported that this rule hasn't been taught yet. Hopefully, they will fix this.
Actually I think this is a good way to learn it. The more mistakes one makes the more one learns.
^ I agree. I also think looking for the answer in other areas, like in books or the internet strengthens understanding.
I'm confused as to where the 'her' part is derived from in this sentence... From the verb's conjugate I understand that it means 'I Know', but the 'La' article totally threw me...
well given the correct answer for this question what you state makes sense but why is it this way?
up until now, La and Lo have essentially been the word 'the'... going from 'the' to 'her' is quite a leap
Well, la and lo can be articles or pronouns depending on the situation.
When it comes before a verb it's usually a pronoun, at which they mean "her" or "him"
When it comes before a noun, they're articles, meaning "the".
That's what I could figure out alone xDD
I agree, and I don't know why it expects us to know this at this point either. But here, as you say, I think it means "it" with la = female it, lo = male it.
Much as I wish that Duolingo taught some of these rules beforehand, the inevitable process they impose upon you of trial by fire is honestly allowing me to absorb the information much more effectively.
There are two forms of "know" - conoscere and sapere .
To my understanding, Conoscere stands for knowing someone, and Sapere stands for knowing something.
"La conosco" - "I know her".
"sappiamo la ricetta" - "we know the recipe".
'to know' in English is used for two cases - 1. to have knowledge of something, e.g. a fact 2. to be familiar with another person - In Italian, as well as in German and French that I know of, each of these cases has its own word. "I know Johnny" (case 2) "I know that Johnny has a new job"(case 1)
La conosco literally means her I know. Just like in Spanish and many other romantic languages, you can put the pronoun him or her (lo or la) before the verb. Hope this helps!
Actually "conosco" in itself means "I know", so it's literally "Her I know". I got his wrong too, but it makes sense.
Would "conosco lei" mean the same thing or does that order not work at all?
Try looking at http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare116a.htm which gives some information on the Direct Object Pronouns.
Possibly. But we haven't gotten to the formal La yet. I've lost track of where this question was I must admit. Basically la conosco is I know her, and La conosco is I know you. But when the La is the first word of the sentence it makes it hard to tell, which is why if it was a La I was doing I'd make it obvious by making it Io La conosco
"I know it" - seems to be accepted, I assume as it has female gender than it must be a her ....