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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nictheman

"Does he have a cup?"

January 17, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nictheman

There doesn't seem to be a point where it implies it's "his" -- Is it always assumed to be a male if the article is missing?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arjofocolovi

That's also my question.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MungoBBQ

Based on the verb form ("ha") you know it's a singular man, woman, or "it". :) So the translation of "Ha un bicchiere" could be "He has a cup", "She has a cup" or "It has a cup".

It doesn't matter in this case, since you were given the form in the question.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arjofocolovi

Thanks for the answer, so basically, we need context to know if it's feminine or masculine.

This feedback page is used by all kind of exercises related to these two sentences (three choices questions, oral, IT > EN or EN > IT).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amitutk

i wrote ha lui un bicchiere? how is it wrong?'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arjofocolovi

I think bicchiere means "glass" while "tazza" means cup.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dnovinc

It's wrong because "lui" should be placed before "ha" (or it can be omitted)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MyronAvila

"Ha LUI una tazza"? or "LUI ha una tazza?" should be correct, certo?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bubba1294

The pronoun (lui) should go before the verb (ha). I didn't use "lui" in my translation but I'm pretty sure that would be right.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PhillipStanley

Is it wrong to use "lui" in the question?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sherlock987

No, it is also right.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/willpac828

I'm pretty sure if "lui" is included, the interrogative syntax would be, "Ha lui un bicchiere?" This is very counterintuitive for English speakers, but this is generally how the syntax goes for romance languages.

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