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"Sei una tigre."

January 17, 2013

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/mbbb

Now that I know how to call people a tiger, I think I've learned all the Italian I'll ever need.

February 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/thenino85

Is this like being a cougar?

May 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/nictheman

I prefer calling someone a tiger to a dog or an insect... :)

January 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/almondhoney

Depends what kind of attention you're after, I suppose...

February 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Michelangelo75

How is tiger a female? why una instead of un tigre?

March 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Darkflemy

The word is feminine but refers to both male and female animals. My guess is "una tigressa" would refer only to the female animal.

Don't confused gender and sex. Languages with gender don't have a logic about gender. There is no reason why tigra is feminine in Italian and masculine in French.

May 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/adnav3

men out there, this is a very important sentence for you to learn!! LOLOLOL xP

May 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/brizzolara

rawr!

April 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/JenniferAron

Can I call my boyfriend a tiger ;) or is it not appropriate because of the gender?

May 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jesslc

I think you can. The gender of the noun isn't related to the gender of the subject.

June 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/JenniferAron

i noticed in Spanish, tiger is masculine (el tigre), in Italian, feminine.

May 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Michelangelo75

How is tiger a female? why una instead of un tigre?

March 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jesslc

It just is. Words in Italian are either feminine or masculine - and there's not a lot of rhyme or reason why one word is feminine and another word is masculine.

The Italian words for most animals have masculine gender (un cane, un cavallo, un topo), but not all (una tigre, una scimmia, etc)

For further reading try these: http://italian.about.com/od/grammar/a/gender-of-italian-nouns.htm http://forums.about.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?tsn=2&nav=messages&webtag=ab-italian&tid=9540

June 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Gwenyth77

Mamma mia! Who wrote this course? Does anyone realize that this sentence has sexual connotations? Sei una tigre a letto = You're a tiger in bed. ( can be said to male or female)

July 19, 2013
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