"Voi bevete l'acqua."

Translation:You all drink the water.

January 18, 2013

388 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Boluwade

so "Tu bevi l'acqua" and "Voi bevete l'acqua" sounds alike, means the same thing, but are used for individual or group? Too similar, dicy.

August 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/MochidoesItalian

I think voi means you ALL and tu just means you

October 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/t.black

Yes, 'voi' is the plural you (like if you're speaking to a group of people). In English you might also say 'you guys' or 'you all'.

October 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/windbreaker10

Like vosotros in spanish

June 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Pedro_Aredes

And vocês in portuguese, ihr in german...

July 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/frenchpoisson

And vous in French.

October 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/alireza936601

And "hamegi shoma" in Persian

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/jamclf

And siz in Turkish

July 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/seishiro

And kalian in Indonesian

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ChanR1

And voi in romanian, wait wut

February 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/drdufus

and kayo in tagalog

May 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EvgeniyChe3

And «вы» (vi) in Russian.

August 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rishabh983159

Tum sab in HINDI

December 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/losik55

And vosotras in Spanish.

January 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SoniaRmz

Exactly

January 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Tibi585212

and in hungarian: you -te: one person, you-ti: more than one person (plural)

May 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rakhee961537

Noooo, it is ustedes in Spanish

December 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

@ Robbadob

No. The Spanish counterpart to "loro" is "ellos/ellas".

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Robbadob

Ustedes in Latinamerican Spanish. Vosotros is used in European Spanish and comes from the same Latin word as Italian voi.
Ustedes would more properly translate as Loro.

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DominikSuc5

And vi in Croatian

March 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LeonHoman

And "Julle" in Afrikaans

January 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/fernandoramires

If you are from Ireland, you could use "youse".

February 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ABBAthehorse

Or Scoland! Although I would spell it "yous".

February 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/krevez

Texas we say y'all :p i heard up north people saying yous guys (yous guyses) and also youse (yous)

June 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/muiris.francis

More commonly in Ireland "ye" is you plural, country not city, folks would look at you strange saying youse in most parts

July 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Nollie260

Yes, 'ye' is frequently used outside of Dublin to distinguish from the plural 'you' and is gramatically acceptable. Whereas, 'yous' is sometimes used in Dublin but is frowned upon. Parents and teachers are quick to insist that 'you' is used in the plural and singular sense.

September 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Woah_pete

In my part of Ireland we sometimes say "yousins" coming from "yous ones" or "you ones" or "you people"

February 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike560051

That is hownthey say it in chicago too

January 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/erliau

It depends on where we are... I live in Memphis, so we say "y'all" but my parents used to live in Pittsburgh, where they say "youse guys"

August 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/geraldmkj

I live in Memphis too, born and raised. I went to visit my uncle in Arizona in 2007 and everyone was looking at us weird because we would say "y'all". Most people in Memphis, even if they don't live here permanently, leave saying y'all. It's catchy and people I've met from up north say they've never used it before, but since they've come to Memphis they now use it everyday as a habit.

May 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/annabelle683385

I was born in 2007! Wait , am I being creepy?

May 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AustinRobb5

I live in Indiana born and raised but we say y'all bout as much as any other state

December 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jasondiehl07

Or yinz

September 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/xyphax

Where I grew up, a little bit south of Pittsburgh, they say yinz-all (I have always assumed that 'yinz' is derived from 'you ones')

March 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Meepsicle83

In Scotland yinz is used but only (as far as I know) for 'ones' as in "those ones" = "they yins".

March 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Paige_Defrank

I live in Pittsburgh but my parents used to live in Memphis. That's quite a coincidence.

October 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/agalatic

Cone on! In true Pittsburghese, it's "yunz".

May 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AdelineSwag

Or in English if your from Texas (like myself) you might say y'all

May 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/andersonweibel

In correct American English we should say "you." "You guys" or "youse" are informal , regional and colloquial. They would be marked incorrect in any essays or formal writing.

March 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Robbadob

That doesn't address the fact that English needs a proper way to say you to more than one person, though. Y'all etc. try to fix that.

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ido852425

Like "atem" in hebrew

May 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Christa902762

Y'all or yous guys..lol

December 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/soh19

Ty

September 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ella429167

Or you could say y'all

January 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/_Andreina_Diaz_

I put drink your water and got it wrong

May 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JorgeRamos610432

U could have written.. guys drink your water. U d be ok

June 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sugarnspic

You are almost right, voi is for plural and tu is for singular

June 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/adriennejensen

Yes, VOI is plural and TU is singular :)

September 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Doc0048

Long time ago, but somewhere it's still used, voi was plural and singular (Voi, capital letter), the latter was used as a form of respect. In this example we have a son who is speaking with his father... "mi piacerebbe venire con Voi"... "I would like to come with you"... "Voi come state?"... "How are you?". And so on.

February 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/kokalo2

yes

January 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kate867339

Same

May 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahCampi1

Makes sense!

August 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Woah_Bye

True that

July 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/sara_razrushost

+1

April 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Robbadob

-1

(Please don't write your vote.)

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GinaMax

"tu" is "you" singular, "voi" is "you" plural.

May 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ThinkerXT

tu means thou

voi means you when used for more than one person

February 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/anahita1379

Tu means you(singular)but voi means you(plural)

April 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/spintiff

You is plural. Like "you all" yall, you'ins depending on where you're from.

January 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/hjz418

Voi is plural like YOU ALL and Tu is singular like YOU.

June 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/incabello

Like "Vocês" and "Vós" in Portuguese

July 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Robbadob

Well, if you mean both mean voi. In Portuguese (Brazil), você would be you and vocês would be y'all. Same with tu and vós in Portugal.

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Bakin8

And 'Ustedes' in Latin Spanish

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/fatima967316

You All should write the words and the meaning like a dictionary.

April 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/jaycopter

i was going to ask the same. they essentially mean the same? are both statements correct?

September 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/EREyRU

Maybe, whhen someone gets it wrong, TELL THEM WHY - Im having to guess "oh, that form is the plural, the other is the singular." Without these distinctions being made when the word is first introduced it's pointless to just say "wrong" when we incorrdctly translate it later, with no indication as to the technical reason it's wrong. Im not an idiot: I know what a plural is, so use these (quite important) terms when explaining things.

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/qwerty5241

singular 'you'- tu - bevi plural 'you' - voi -bevete ?

November 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Robbadob

Sì.
Io bevo, noi beviamo
Tu bevi, voi bevete
Lui/lei beve, loro bevono

Hopefully, the more conjugation tables people put everywhere, the less comments we'll get saying "What's the difference between bevo/bevi/beve??".

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Penzen

Italians do pronounce the l' but it is so fast you do not really hear it.

May 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/GaddyLopez

I love how we compare languages

December 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PauBofill

Well of course how could we study then, without comparing them? ;)

July 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JuliaNnerd

PauBofill, congratulations on all of your languages and your tremendous streak! :)

January 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/abhilashbhati

In hindi its like "TU" for single person and "Aap" for more than one person.

December 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SandraBelegi

Are both "Voi bevete l'acqua" and "Voi bevete acqua" correct?

May 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Yes, both "(Voi) bevete l'acqua" and "(Voi) bevete acqua" are equally correct grammatically, although they mean subtly different things. Saying "l'acqua" makes it the general case.

August 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jamclf

No, I think "Voi bevete l'acqua" is right, because acqua means water and water is the water :D so ın my opinion "l" is necessary to say or write it when ı want. so l'acqua(the water , chosen object ) , acqua ( water , just object not chosen or not marked )

February 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/justcents

In NY it would be you guys

July 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AtalinaDove

And in the Midwest!

February 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/velvelajade

Which is why "you all" and "ihr" (German) makes no sense to me, and then "they"? Why "they" versus "you all". To me they are the same thing, almost. They - if I'm not talking directly to them, you all - if I am talking directly to them. But in German, I found out that its an age thing as well. Thus, I get it wrong when to use ihr or sie (plural they) in German. In Italian, I'm not going to do much better. lol

February 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Robbadob

If it helps, here's a pronoun chart:
I = ich = io
you = du = tu
he, she = er, sie = lui, lei
You = Sie = Lei
we = wir = noi
y'all = ihr = voi
they = sie = loro
Y'all = Sie = Loro

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/doofdoof7701

i know right !!!

February 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/aprilblenkinsop

Wait, couldn't you just say "bevete l'acqua"? to say "you all drink the water"? Why would we need voi in the first place?

October 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PamelaC1

Voi is like "vosotros" or "ustedes" in Spanish... For all you spanish-speakers

March 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Robbadob

¡Sí!
tu = tú
Lei = usted
voi = vosotros/as
Loro = ustedes

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Please refer to PaoloCatt's comment further down the page for the way "loro" is and is not used in Italian currently.

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mechanicalManiac

Is "voi" always used as a plural, or is it sometimes used as a respectful singular?

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

In Italian, the polite singular "you" is "Lei" and the polite plural "you" is "Loro". Note the capital letters.

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bjojoe

The problem arise in English with you having a double meaning. In Norwegian it's easier with theese prouns because "tu" is "du" (in Norwegian) and "voi" is "dere".

March 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Robbadob

Hopefully, you as the plural in English will be gradually replaced by y'all/you guys/youse.

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RebeccaShe20

How come in this sentence they use l'acqua, but in the other sentences they will just have acqua?

April 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

It's the difference between the general case and a specific incident, although Italian uses "the" differently than English does.

You drink water = Voi bevete l'acqua = general case
You drink the water = Voi bevete acqua = specific incident

April 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Robbadob

Well, that's confusing! ^^

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

That comment is 2 years old. I'm told my information is inaccurate.

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DaNightMare7

So .. Voi = انتم Tu = انت .. بس

June 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Robbadob
<pre> ت </pre>

Sorry I can't help myself

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexBeaven

Oh I see Voi means 'You all' that makes sense!

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Daphne170599

In dutch we have 'jij' for 'you', and 'jullie' for 'you all'

June 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Jioffredo

What's wrong with we drink water

September 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

That would be "Noi bevono l'acqua."

EDIT: "we drink" is beviamo. "they drink" is bevono.

September 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/neeeeeeeeek

*noi beviamo l'acqua

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Oops! You're right! How did I make that mistake?

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/gapetrillo

what is the difference between bevamo and bevate l'aqua?

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/doofdoof7701

What does the little fire symbol mean next to your comment?

February 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CarinaPaula

That's the number of days of your current streak. Those who have a 400 score have practiced for 400 straight days. Good for them.

February 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/doofdoof7701

Thanks heaps!!!

March 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/nonexistenthuman

when can you remove the "voi" ? sometimes i see "bevete l'acqua" but they still mean the same thing. do they?

March 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Yes. "bevete" only goes with "voi", so there's never any ambiguity.

March 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/K8teBet8K

Couldn't "You plural / You all" also be considered as they? Please Explain

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

In Italian, the formal/polite "you" is "Lei" in the singular and "Loro" in the plural. But I don't think it's used that often. Typically, "tu" is "you" in the singular and "voi" is "you" in the plural, and "lei" is "she" and "loro" is "they".

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Emannnnn

what is the different between voi , noi

May 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

voi = you (plural)
noi = we

May 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Robbadob

You can think of voi as y'all. Bevete = y'all drink, siete = y'all're, etc.

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Did you mean to reply to me?

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/s.ridings

What is the difference between using bevete and beviamo? it keeps tripping me up.

June 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CarinaPaula

Bevete = you drink (plural); beviamo = we drink

June 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Robbadob

Bere (to drink):
Bevo = I drink
Bevi = you drink
Beve = s/he drinks
Beviamo = we drink
Bevete = y'all drink
Bevono = they drink

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/paul.bauer

So Duolingo has told me that "Bevete l'acqua" and "Voi bevete l'acqua" both mean 'You all drink the water".

How am i to know when to leave out "Voi" ?

Are both correct?

Thanks.

September 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

In Italian, it is almost never wrong to leave out the pronoun. "Bevete l'acqua" and "Voi bevete l'acqua" are both equally correct.

September 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/leliroza

I get confused when I translate into English. So I am translating to Spanish, to understand in English what I must write. Learning German in high school and college helped me understand that in English the pronoun "You" as well as other words like "the" are the only ones used. Spanish was very much similar to German.. The article: feminine, masculine, etc... (i read... ustedes beben/toman agua... You drink water.) You is used in singular, plural, formal, plural formal... I am teaching my husband English and I realize why it's one of the toughest . German grammar totally goes up there with English.

September 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Jacob727686

If you are typing it you could put ya'll right

November 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/HiMeCriss

Italian: Voi bevete l'acqua Romanian: Voi beți apa Still thinking these languages are alike ? :)

April 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Yes. I can clearly see the similarities. It is also well-established that both languages descend from Latin.

April 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PhilJenkin4

English is the exception here, we use "you" for both singular and plural. But in times past it wasn't so, English used "thou" for singular (like "tu") and "you" for plural (like "voi").

May 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

English thou/you had the same usage as French tu/vous.

Thou/tu is the singular/familiar.
You/vous is the plural/polite, meaning "you/vous" could be singular if you're addressing someone who outranks you socially.

May 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Coffindoll

Ive been making my own flash cards as im learning. Helps a loooot!!!

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/galbanasafi

I think it's the same form as the french language in pronom je/nous. tu /vous .

July 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Robbadob

Well, vous can be used in the singular, while voi cannot. Voi can only mean y'all.

February 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Margiewyeth

in English there is no difference between you singular and you plural

January 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

There used to be, and in some dialects it's coming back.

January 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BrianPecki1

Why isnt it you all drank/drunk the water? Not you all drink the water? Does those words not exist

May 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Those words definitely exist, but right now we are learning the present tense. Past tense will come later in the tree.

May 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrielDayot

Is there difference between "Bevete l'acqua" and "Vio bevete l'acqua"?

June 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

No. Italian is the kind of language where the pronoun can be easily omitted.

June 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrielDayot

Ok. Thanks! But is it more formal with "Vio"?

June 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

I'm not a native speaker, so I can't make that judgment.

I can point out that it's "voi", though, not "vio". (Once is a typo, twice is an error.)

June 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrielDayot

Oh sorry, lol, it's a typo, "i" and "o" is just so near.

June 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jaylahwazhere

So voi means you all

June 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Yes.

June 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lopez-c41

I thought voi was just the formal way of saying Tu. Like tu and usted in Spanish

June 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Voi is the plural only. Formal would use third person and capitalize it in writing: Lei in the singular and Loro in the plural.

June 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PauBofill

Is the pronoun always necessary?

July 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

No. Italian lets you drop the pronoun 95% of the time.

July 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PauBofill

OK I just wasn't sure, thanks

July 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sumemon

Where is tutti?

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

The "you all" is meant to indicate that only the plural "you" (voi) is correct. Otherwise it could also be interpreted as singular (tu).

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageLe435356

I wrote "You guys drink water" and it said it was correct. Don't you have to add the "the"? (You guys drink the water).

September 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Italian uses definite articles differently than English does. "You drink the water" is specific, "You drink water" is the general case. It's the opposite in Italian. "Bevete l'acqua" is the general case, "Bevete acqua" is specific.

September 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageLe435356

O, so if I wrote "Bevete acqua" I can't translate it with "I drink the water", but I can do the opposite?

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

I drink water would be Bevo l'acqua. This is the general case.
I drink the water would be Bevo acqua. This is a specific case.

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Thais760605

When you say that sentence "voi bevete l'acqua" is it an order? And if we only say "bevete l'acqua" sounds like an order to me..

September 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Right now, it's all the simple present indicative. Duo doesn't introduce the imperative until much later in the tree.

Also, Italian permits the omission of the subject pronoun 95% of the time. Because of how the verbs conjugate, it's easy to tell what person the subject is.

September 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PauBofill

I think it's just as in English if you say drink the water (bevete l'acqua) it's an imperative and if you use the pronoun we (voi) it's not. If you had to put the pronoun in the imperative sentence (bevete l'acqua) you'd have to put it after the verb, not before it, but you wouldn't normally put it anyway. I may be wrong, someone correct me if I am.

September 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sumemon

Does this mean that every time duo uses voi we must translate as you all

September 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

You can if you want, but it's not necessary. When Duo says "you all", that's just to force you to use the plural form of "you" in the other language. Modern standard English just has the one "you" for both singular and plural.

September 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sumemon

I do not cite duo saying you all but voi

September 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/gunce1

I write ' you drink water' and it says true and I am amazing because must l'acqua = the water? If water is true why is written L'ACQUA. Would it 'voi bevete acqua' possible

November 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

In English, when we say "You drink the water" we are talking about a specific case. It's particular water you are drinking. It's the water that someone just gave you. It's the water you've been carrying around with you. When we say "You drink water" we're making a more general statement about your habits.

In Italian it's the other way around. For a specific case it's "Bevi acqua" and for general habits it's "Bevi l'acqua".

November 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LucaSeda1

Tu is you (one person) and voi is a group of people. If you know Portuguese, this looks like the verb conjugation (eu, tu eles, nos, vos, eles)

November 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/snaily107

what is the difference between all the diferent words for drink

December 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Everybody has their own conjugation.

I drink = io bevo
you drink (s) = tu bevi
he/she drinks = lui/lei beve
we drink = noi beviamo
you drink (pl) = voi bevete
they drink = loro bevono

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BeccaStreets

Just a second ago it told me this translation needed the word 'tutte' and now it doesn't. Ahh I am confused

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahMartinez_

Why is it "You all drink the water?" I don't understand why its Voi Bevete?

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PauBofill

In English there's no dfference between "you" singular (when referring to only one person) and "you" plural (when referring to a group of people). Sometimes to differentiate them people say "you guys" or "you all" when reffering to more than one person. In Italian, as in many other languages, there is a difference:

  • "you" singular = tu

  • "you" plural (or "you guys" or "you all") = voi

So, since the pronouns are different their respective conjugations are also different. In this case:

  • "you drink" (singular) = tu bevi

  • "you drink" / "you guys drink" / "you all drink" (plural) = voi bevete

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahMartinez_

Thank you so much this helped a lot.

December 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PauBofill

You're welcome!

December 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/pat472382

Voi is the plural, not too terribly difficult!

January 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Arturo42120

What are the conjugations of drink in Italian?

February 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

BERE (TO DRINK)

I drink = io bevo
you drink (s) = tu bevi
he/she drinks = lui/lei beve
we drink = noi beviamo
you drink (pl) = voi bevete
they drink = loro bevono

February 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/velvelajade

My question is similiar - why do they say "drink in"? Why not simply "drink"? If I drink in water, I picture myself sitting in water and drinking. If I drink water, I wouldn't say "I drink in" water. Thus, the little grey wording are, seems a bit off to me in that it should simply say "to drink". Thanks for your reply!

February 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Where does it say "drink in"?

February 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/velvelajade

When you mouse over "bevete". It says (you) drink (in).

February 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

All I can think of is the phrasal verb "to drink (something) in", but that's more of a metaphorical use of "drink", which I have no idea whether Italian shares or not.

I don't know, either! Could just be something weird on the dev's end of things.

February 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ruzan.

Here we say "դուք բոլորդ" :D The place is called Armenia :D

August 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/BigBeanPawz

So... you know Italian, Armenian, and english?

December 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Leena683271

In Finland we say: Te juotte vettä.

February 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KevinSmith480592

Voi = you plural or you all and verb has a ...ete ending. Tu = you singular? informal and has a ...i ending. have i got that right? and what is you singular formal?

July 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Yes.

The formal singular "you" is "Lei" and the formal plural "you" is "Loro".

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KevinSmith480592

tks, is lei = she also and gli = him/his. what is her=?

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Gli can be the indirect object pronoun "him", but not the possessive "his".

DIRECT OBJECT PRONOUNS:
(Direct object: what takes the action of a transitive verb -- She threw the ball; He wrote a letter.)
mi
ti
lo / la / l’
ci
vi
li / le

INDIRECT OBJECT PRONOUNS:
(Indirect object: The recipient of the direct object -- She threw the ball to him; He wrote a letter to me.)
mi
ti
gli / le / Le
ci
vi
loro / Loro

POSSESSIVES:
(Possessives always agree in gender and number with what is possessed, never with who possesses it. It will always be "la sua lana", regardless whether the owner is a man or a woman.)
IO
il mio = my (singular masculine thing)
i miei = my (plural masculine things)
la mia = my (singular feminine thing)
le mie = my (plural feminine things)

TU
il tuo
i tuoi
la tua
le tua

LUI/LEI
il suo
i suoi
la sua
le sue

NOI
il nostro
i nostri
la nostra
le nostre

VOI
il vostro
i vostri
la vostra
le vostre

LORO
il loro
i loro
la loro
le loro

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MitchHasNoLife

What's the difference between "Voi bevete l'acqua" and simple "Bevete l'acqua"? I've seen both in this lesson and I'm not sure if there's a difference in when/how the're used, since they mean the same thing.

September 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

No difference. The subject pronoun is optional 99% of the time. The imperative uses a different conjugation.

September 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MitchHasNoLife

Awesome, I assumed as such but I wanted to check. Thanks so much.

September 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Abhishek424001

Meeru andaru in Telugu

November 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jayejacques

Bevono?.

January 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MiraKhelfa

All is equal to tutti ?? Am I wrong ?

January 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

The "all" in "you all" only serves to make sure "you" is interpreted as plural, because modern standard English only has one "you". Italian has "tu" in the singualr and "voi" in the plural, so there is no need to say "tutti" here and a native Italian speaker might be very confused as to what you mean.

January 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Hector290697

Interestingly, "noi" and "voi" are also in the Romanian language.

January 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Yeah, I would have expected them to be more similar between Italian and Spanish. They're all Romance languages, but Romanian had a lot of Slavic influence and does things the other Romance languages don't do. The only other oddball I can think of among the Romance languages is French, because it had its own colorful history.

January 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/chiraladia

❤❤❤❤

January 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AyaAllante

Voi means you in plural. I’ve never seen “you all” in Italian textbooks or even in English, people usually say “you” for plural.

January 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Standard English uses "you" for both singular and plural.

Duolingo uses "you all" when it wants to force the plural interpretation.

January 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/3A6w1

Why"We" to" voi"??

January 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

It's not. "We" is "noi". "Y'all" is "voi".

January 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/danielhala12

Is there a rule for verb conjugation in Italian? I want to learn the rule instead of just the conjugated words.

February 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Yes, there are rules that apply to most verbs most of the time. A minority of verbs are irregular, but most of them are regular or semi-regular.

It helps to know the infinitive form, because there are three types with four different patterns.


https://i.imgur.com/pDIGQXp.jpg

"Bere" is semi-regular. It conjugates like a regular -ere verb, but you need to know that the stem is "bev-".

February 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NathySanto324234

Alguém do Brasil que posso m ajudar

February 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PirjoKivis

I can not understand why here is You ALL drink water. ??????

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

It's to force the plural "voi bevete". Otherwise the singular "tu bevi" would also be a valid answer. Duo wants to make sure you understand the difference.

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ethan982180

'Bevete' is used in a third party (group of people) ?

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

No, "loro bevono" is 3rd person plural: they drink.

"Voi bevete" is 2nd person plural: y'all drink.

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JackTucker14

How do i know if it's you all or they... I need some kind of rule please!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JackTucker14

How do i know if it's you all or they? I need a rule please

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Doc0048

@JackTucker14 The verb is "bere", so "io bevo" (I drink), "tu bevi" (you drink), "lui/lei/esso/essa beve", (he/she/it drinks), "noi beviamo" (we drink), "voi bevete" (you all drink), "loro bevono" (they drink). Now you can understand where "voi bevete" comes from and the reason why it can't be "they".

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Shahin_Khalasi

We say tumi for you and tomra for Bengali in Bangladesh

January 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lavapfelisha

i am lost about this they never mention nothg about " all"

February 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

The "all" is just there to make "you" plural.

February 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lavapfelisha

Owwww i see thank you

February 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/neeeeeeeeek

I am so happy they accepted "y'all" because that is the way I internalize "voi", " vous", and "vosotros"... and I'm from New Jersey... It should be " youse guys". I think I'll try that one next time ;D

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Amy2359

I dont understand the difference between all the italian words for drink...

June 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915
June 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ryan82921

I thought "Tu" meant "you"

July 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

"Tu" is the singular "you". "Voi" is the plural "you", hence the "you all".

July 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KellyRamir8

I don't understand the difference between tu and voi Please!. Help met

August 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Tu is the singular you. You're only addressing one person.
Voi is the plural you. You're addressing more than one person.

August 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/richardhaddadau

i can't, for the life of me, get voi and noi right

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PauBofill

It may be a little hard if you don't already speak a language that uses diferent words for tg the second person singular and plural but, anyway, it's not that hard. If it's only one person you say TU and if it's two or more you say VOI. It's the same in Spanish, French, Occitan, Catalan and probably other languages but instead of saying voi they say vous, vosotros, vosautres or vosaltres... And we is NOI, by the way ;)

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lyriolucas

What's the real sound of "bevete"? I didn't quite get it. Is the sound of the "v" a "v" or is it more like a "b" like in Spanish?

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/nicktheshogun600

I'm glad I'm 30% Italian. I'm breezing through this.

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mey581035

Voi bevete... is it an order or it means you are drinking???

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

It's not the imperative, it's a simple declarative. You are drinking.

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/cstone8963

What is the difference between "l'acqua" and "l' acqua"? Is there specfic times to use one or the other?

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

It ought to be written as l'acqua. Putting a space in the middle of a contraction is wrong.

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/nikoflakis

I typed "you all drink water" and it was false because of "you all>> y'all"

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

I'd report that.

November 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MrWashington100

We say yall up North too!

December 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/krishna71993

What is the difference between bevete and bevi?

January 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

I drink = io bevo
you drink (s) = tu bevi
he/she drinks = lui/lei beve
we drink = noi beviamo
you drink (pl) = voi bevete
they drink = loro bevono

January 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/romarin

No one says you all in England

March 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TeroBotelh

You all drink the water

June 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/sara_razrushost

I always mix that bevete or kind of. How can i sort them?

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/sara_razrushost

Thank you so much. I have been created a list like this. But this helps more. Thank you for allowing time and searching...

June 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/ErlendKamr

You all? You is still you in plural.

March 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

In Modern Standard English, "you" can be either singular or plural. To disambiguate, many dialects have adopted (or never let go of) such terms as "you all", "y'all", "youse", "yinz", etc. for the plural. (There was a time when "you" was plural and "thou" was singular.)

Many non-English languages have a distinct singular and plural for "you", and so when Duo wants to force the plural, it uses "you all". The Italian "voi" translates into English as "you", but "you" can back-translate into Italian as either "tu" or "voi". To ensure "voi" is maintained, it is necessary to be unambiguously plural in English.

March 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Vahiidnourii

why " l' " didn't translate "the" in this phrase...!?

April 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Because translation isn't about translating each word separately. It doesn't work that way. Different languages have different grammatical rules.

April 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/kirwin24

(SINGULAR) Tu beve l'acqua = You drink the water

(PLURAL) Voi bevete l'acqua = You all drink the water

August 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MahrukhMun

Tu means You But Voi means also You .... I cant understand this ....!

August 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Tu is singular.
Voi is plural.

io = I
tu = you (singular)
lui = he
lei = she
noi = we
voi = y'all (plural)
loro = they

August 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JFK.co.uk

I am still confused would it be 'You drink the water' OR 'You drink water' ?

August 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Yeah, Duo isn't being very rigorous here.

In contexts like this, Italian uses the definite article the opposite way English does.

GENERAL CASE
Y'all drink water = Voi bevete l'acqua.

SPECIFIC INSTANCE
Y'all drink the water = Voi bevete acqua.

August 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Muslix

Is ''Voi'' considered the ''polite tone'' or is there another way to say a polite ''you'' (i.e In Spanish, Vosotros vs Ustedes)?

October 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

voi is just the plural.

The polite form of tu is Lei (note the capital L).
The polite form of voi is Loro (note the capital L).

As you might suspect, Lei and Loro take all of the 3rd person accoutrements. Their possessive forms are also capitalized.

October 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PaoloCatt

I would add some points to what you have written, just to better specify it:

the polite form of "voi" ("loro") has practically disappeared in any situation of daily life. I don't know if it still exists in some grammar books, but I can assure you that nobody uses it anymore, even in the most formal and professional contexts. I would advice anyone not to use it, because it can easily sound ridiculous. Perhaps few people with an inferiority complex may still do so, but nowadays 99% of italians would not use the polite form of "voi" even if talking to the Cabinet. ;)

Once the polite form of "tu" was also "voi" (besides "lei"), but, again, this form has almost disappeared from daily life. By the way, its use is often linked to Fascism.

The habit to capitalise the letter "l" is still used in very formal contexts, but it's less and less common. Personally, I refuse to apply it in any situation...and a lot of other italians are with me. ;)

Finally, the polite form of "tu" is definitely "lei", its use being still extremely common. Unfortunately, you cannot avoid using it in most formal situations, otherwise you would easily risk people getting upset. This is a pity, as I would like all these "polite forms" to disappear...in my view, they are really only a useless formality.

November 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

I want to make sure I understand your points:

  • It is still quite common to use lei as the formal/polite tu, although it is rarely capitalized.
  • Almost no one uses loro as the formal/polite voi anymore.
  • Historically, voi was used as the formal/polite tu, but it's now associated with Fascism so REALLY no one uses that anymore.
November 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PaoloCatt

Exactly, you have perfectly understood.

I would only stress, about your first point, "it is still VERY common to use lei as the formal/polite tu, although it is rarely capitalized".

November 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Grazie!

November 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/IsmaelGuzm2

I know that in English when you are referring to a group, you say 'you'. There is no need to say 'you all'.

February 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Except "you" is ambiguous and saying "you all" or some variation thereupon clarifies matters.

Unless thou desireth to revive "thou/thee/thy/thine" for the singular.

February 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Cass954412

When do you use l' in front of acqua for "the water" vs. just acqua for "water"

June 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

In English, we say "I drink water" when talking about general habits and "I drink the water" when talking about a specific instance.

In Italian, it's the other way around. They say "Bevo l'acqua" when talking about general habits and "Bevo acqua" when talking about a specific instance.

This holds regardless of which form of "the" you need to use. The different forms of "the" have to do with masculine vs feminine vs what sounds the word starts with.

June 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Cass954412

Thank you so much!

June 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Christian910139

I say its not right :( :( :(

August 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

What's not right? How was the question presented to you, and how exactly did you answer?

August 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/spa06jc

is "l'" necessary? As in, is "Voi bevete acqua" ok too?

January 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ussvance

I think the use of "l" means the water; and without the "l", just water as in you drink water.

December 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jamclf

just water ? l'uomo(not uomo "l" necessary , because man is different , also the man is different , ı know that is "le donne ( donne ) "

February 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SamueleSan1

"L'" is the shortened article lo/la, which means "the"..

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/velvelajade

And in English, depending on what language you are learning, you either must put in "the" or you can leave it out. This is why I put in "the" when answering the questions that have "the" in the foreign language.

February 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

That's not a good strategy. It's best to learn when the translation calls for it and when it doesn't. Different languages have different grammar and usage rules.

"You drink water" / "Voi bevete l'acqua" is the general case, a statement of habit.
"You drink the water" / "Voi bevete acqua" is a specific instance.

Please note that in statements like this, Italian uses the definite article the opposite way as we do in English.

February 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

I'll grant that Duolingo does seem to accept alternate answers because sufficient non-native speakers complain "This answer should also be accepted!"

But in the case of my example, that's all the context needed. As a native English speaker, you understand the difference between "You drink water" and "You drink the water", and that distinction is made the opposite way in Italian.

February 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/velvelajade

I get what you're saying, but when translating into English, its annoying when they say "the water" is also correct or "water" without "the" is also correct. When translating into the target language that is not English, I'll leave in, or take out, depending on what is custom there. Further, there is no way to know if they are talking about a specific water or water in general. Its just sentences out of context. When I did leave "the" out, I forget which language when translating into English, is annoyed me with "the water" is also correct. But anyway.

February 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

The same way you can say "You drink water" and "You drink the water" in English, you can also say "Voi bevete l'acqua" and "Voi bevete acqua" in Italian. But it alters the meaning just a little bit.

"You drink water" / "Voi bevete l'acqua" is the general case, a statement of habit.
"You drink the water" / "Voi bevete acqua" is a specific instance.

Please note that in statements like this, Italian uses the definite article the opposite way as we do in English.

December 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/HaleyDuck

I think so, unless it specifically says "the water"

April 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sbajcar

How common is voi used? Like in spanish, there is vosotros, but thats only really used in spain and my IRL spanish teacher doesn't really teach it.

February 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

As far as I've been able to tell, "voi" is the word to use for "you (plural)" in Italian, unlike Latin American Spanish.

July 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/CarinaPaula

Yes but in Lat Am Spanish you would still need to use plural form ustedes for the plural. Tú is for addressing just one person.

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PauBofill

It's just that in South America people use USTEDES and USTED instead of VOSOTROS and TÚ. In Spain people only use usted/-es in a more formal situation and VOS in even a more formal situation.

July 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EZDamer

I'm not clear why the definite article is getting used here, is there a grammatical reason to write "voi bevete l'acqua" instead of voi bevete acqua? Or is it just to avoid bevet-acqua in pronounciation?

May 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

The way I understand it (and by nature this is an over-simplification, but) Italian uses the definite article almost the opposite way we do in English. Whereas we often use "the" to denote a specific instance of something, in Italian they use "the" to denote a general category.

So where in English we'd say as a general case "I drink water," in Italian they'd say as a general case "Bevo l'acqua."

July 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Ella429167

I'aqua is just the regular,and though definite, they don't mean that there's anything special about "the water"

January 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Mangek

i just started doing this, and i was curious about one thing in particular with questions like these. how are we supposed to know which word to choose. it seems like they all generally mean the same thing

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16

Do you mean which of the "hints"? The best bet is to choose the first word shown. But be aware that the "hints" are not infallible - actually they often give irrelevant meanings. In addition (for later) the hints don't include grammar items. In other words, there may be a word in the singular when you need plural etc.

Here are good learner created sites for reference:

http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Frequently_asked_questions

http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Duolingo_Wiki#Getting_Help

And keep asking questions that's how we learn on Duo. Best of luck.

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Mangek

first off, thank you for the quick reply. i greatly appreciate your help. sorry if i was unclear in my statement. i quickly realized i was unaware of the conjugates for the word ''drink'' in italian. So, when i would look at the possible answers to the fill in the black section i wouldnt know which word to choose. Also, thank you for the links. i will be sure to look at them as soon as im done replying to you

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915
July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16

:-) Glad to be of help.

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/antonm1994

tu bevi l'acqua is " you drink water" talking to one person. but voi bevete l'acqua is "you all drink water" talking to a group

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Angela_Thu

Is voi formal or informal?

July 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Neither. It's plural.

Well, plural informal. Plural formal would be "Loro", with a capital L. Informal singular is "tu", formal singular is "Lei", with a capital L.

July 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JimenaJime16

Tu in italian is the same in spanish and means the same thing!!! You

November 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lizitas09

Like in spanish "tu" is "tu" singular and "ustedes" is "voi" plural.. :))

November 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/NickDurant6

This one is broken. Voi means BOTH you all and y'all, not just y'all

September 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/_Rein_AF

can i have some lingosts

September 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/_Rein_AF

can i have a lingot

September 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lucille657114

You drank the water. That is acceptable

November 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

No. Drank is past tense. This lesson is present tense, drink.

November 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/EllenGoert

Its difficult

November 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ColinForsy2

plz give lingot

April 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrielaSt860214

Shouldn't it be written like this: Voi tutti bevete l'acqua?

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

No. As has been explained here before, the "all" is only to force the plural meaning of "you". Standard English only has one "you" for singular and plural. "You all" is the most common way of ensuring that "you" is taken as plural.

Italian has a "you" for singular and for plural. They do not say "tutti" with "tu" or "voi" the way we do.

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MaybelineS

Voi means you?

July 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Yes. tu means you (singular) and voi means you (plural).

July 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/vidkristan

What is the difference between voi and tu.?

August 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Voi is plural and tu is singular.

August 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/rakhiyah

What does mean bevete l'acqua.

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ellslc

I thought voi meant "I"

August 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

"I" is "io".

August 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tankionlineen

exactly

January 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Khushi2733

What is difference between bevete, bevono and beviamo

October 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

io bevo = I drink
tu bevi = you drink (s)
lui/lei beve = he/she drinks
noi beviamo = we drink
voi bevete = you drink (pl)
loro bevono = they drink

October 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesMcGre11

I'm curious - even though it doesn't make a huge difference, is the literal translation of "Voi bevete" "You all"? Or does it just mean you are referring to a group of people and it asks you to include the "all" to show that you know the difference between "Tu" you and "Voi" you?

October 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Standard English only has one form of "you" for both singular and plural. So the "all" is included here just to emphasize that they mean the plural "you".

October 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth655890

How do you know which form of the bevo / beviamo and all that to use ?

October 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Find a conjugation table for regular verbs.

Although bere is slightly irregular for historical reasons. It conjugates as though the infinitive is bevere.

October 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/becky1890

Can you also say you "drink the water"

January 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

The same way you can say "You drink water" and "You drink the water" in English, you can also say "Voi bevete l'acqua" and "Voi bevete acqua" in Italian. But it alters the meaning just a little bit.

"You drink water" / "Voi bevete l'acqua" is the general case, a statement of habit. "You drink the water" / "Voi bevete acqua" is a specific instance.

Please note that in statements like this, Italian uses the definite article the opposite way as we do in English.

January 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jeo188

Is this descriptive or is it a command?

January 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

http://www.italian-verbs.com/italian-verbs/conjugation.php?parola=bere

It could go either way, but it's more likely to be a declarative statement with the pronoun and more likely to be the imperative without the pronoun.

January 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/arthur325911

Why in the translation the "all" is needed?_

January 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

It's not necessary, it's just to force the plural "you" instead of the singular "you", because English only has one word for both.

January 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Halia18365

Boto

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Juan915004

In English, we don't say "you all" for plural imperative. The imperative can be either singular or plural, using the same word "you".

August 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

There are a large number of English dialects that distinguish between the singular "you" and the plural "you". "Y'all" for the plural is the most widely known.

The imperative is a verb mood, so I don't know why you're mentioning it here. The sentence in this lesson is in the indicative:
You drink. [indicative]
Drink! [imperative]

August 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Juan915004

You all is incorrect English, unless the speaker is using the declarative. 2. Imperatives in English generally omit the pronoun you. You is correct translation for both singular and plural.

August 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/beachladybug3

We don't speak that way in English, except in the Southern part of the USA, where it would be written y'all.

September 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/an114

why is it "voi bevete l'aqua" and not "voi bevi l'aqua"

July 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Deus_Mortiis

Bevete is if you were talking to a group of people where as bevi would be if you were only talking to an individual

July 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jamclf

Because "voi" means YOU ALL, or you guys in english , voi = you all ; tu = you (singular ) so we don't use "bevi" for "voi" . ı hope you understand ; becasue my english isn't good to tell or write about something , it isn't enough :( ;)

February 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/krystlegood

I am having a really hard time differentiating between the words for drink! i get it wrong every time. anyone able to clear it up a bit for me please?

Thanks Krystle

August 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Are you asking how to conjugate bere? Try this link:

http://www.italian-verbs.com/italian-verbs/conjugation.php?verbo=bere

August 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Jean-luchulk

It just makes no sense why do I have to say bevete and not bevono with all the other words it ends in o exept when we talk about a group of people drinking for example mangiamo,scrivonoand leggiamo. but whatever I guess.......

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/icannoli

Is this cowboy english?

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsim3242

When should i use bevete and beviamo? Help pls :)

October 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

As has been posted in this thread many times before:

BERE (TO DRINK)

I drink = io bevo
you drink (s) = tu bevi
he/she drinks = lui/lei beve
we drink = noi beviamo
you drink (pl) = voi bevete
they drink = loro bevono

October 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Kris782011

Can someone please explain all the different words for drink??

October 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

As has been posted in this thread many times before:

BERE (TO DRINK)

I drink = io bevo
you drink (s) = tu bevi
he/she drinks = lui/lei beve
we drink = noi beviamo
you drink (pl) = voi bevete
they drink = loro bevono

October 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/WadodaBoss

Grazie

January 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DeliaVeron2
February 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Pierrot__

O italiano é uma mistura do português da galera pobre do brasil com um portunhol esquisito

June 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SoupWithOneBean

I thought voi was.we, not you

June 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

io = I
tu = you
lui = he
lei = she
noi = we
voi = y'all
loro = they

June 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Kuba544543

Kto polak daje lajka

July 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RizwanKhan180116

Hi

November 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RizwanKhan180116

Caio come sta

November 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ErlendKamr

You all? Come on

January 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/yusef600002

Voi bevete l'acqua

January 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TBYp6

Ok

February 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Bartollomeo31

It is good sentence

April 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Gabizhita300

If I writte "they drink the water" why is it bad? we are refering to plural..

November 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16

@Gabizhita300 Because it does not say ''they'' (loro=they), it says "you''. There are two ways to say ''you'' 1."tu" when speaking about one person. 2. "Voi" when talking about more than one person. Duo often writes ''you all'' to translate 'voi" to make it clear it is plural. Otherwise "all" is not used. Well, in some places it may be used but if you don't live in those places never use it.

November 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Gabizhita300

Ohhh, now I know, THANK YOU :)

November 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16

Happy it helped.

November 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/MattyD2003

This is ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ stupid

March 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/maxiinegre

All? I think its wrong

May 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

It's a way to distinguish the singular "you" from the plural "you". Many languages have this, but standard English lost it a long time ago.

May 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Demiana_Delia23

ma chinui sa invat italiana pentru engleza iar eu nici engleza nu stiu o parte tot de pe duolingo am invatat sa faca si ei italiana pentru romana

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Demiana_Delia23

mda

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ivar70498

You is both plural and singular. The you all is a bad habit to distinguish the two, when mostly it isn't needed. Voi is you, not you all.

August 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KittyKoldi

Y'all? In Italian? Please.

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Plenty of languages distinguish between second person singular and plural. English used to, until it lost the singular "thou". "Y'all" exists because it's a useful distinction to make.

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PauBofill

It's voi

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jamescantw

Its not slang use the english termonology for the word which is you not yall or yous or youses.

September 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/angelohrid

ahaha

July 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Izabella552522

P

Ppppppp

Ppl

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July 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Emily_7273_

Hi

December 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/cry4bcakes

I got this correct and it said i had it wrong? -_-

December 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Kareena339844

Lol y'all

January 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nmh363

Smh

February 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AhmedArsal2

We drink the water

June 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

No, that would be Noi beviamo acqua.

June 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnHender6

Let

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/matheus.ve5

And seis tudim em mineirês

September 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PedroPuert8

2018?

April 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WilliamLeB

Why doesn't Duolingo accept "ye" as 2nd person plural? It is the grammatically correct term

May 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

Because Duolingo uses modern standard American English, and "ye" is not current in that dialect.

July 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Maddeezz

No! I refuse to believe that i lost a heart to this! Humph

October 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Peggy15

Why is is Voi Beviamo and not Voi Bevo?

November 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915
November 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Azat_too

Hard to study)

January 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/cottagebythec

you all is VERY incorrect english grammar

March 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/WaltyItalian

Y'all is not great English or Italian to learn.

September 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcelloCr5

Juuijdkekckkfkekndndnf fé amen Edwin vah venerdì Hugh:fò dio GIP CL

November 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tiffany593109

Lol i cant believe it accepts y'all for you all.

January 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Jacqueline466986

Voibis the plural form of you ans would translate to they

February 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

What? No. "You", whether singular or plural, is second person. "They" is third person.

"You" is the person or people you are talking to.
"They" are the people you are talking about.

February 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/GenevieveMaynard

I disagree with DL using 'you all'. It would be translated as 'voi tutti' in Italian. Plural 'you' is generally understood by context in English.

February 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/AtalinaDove

It is, but it's there to make the distinction clear. In the Midwestern U.S., "you guys" is much more common (though I live there and I've heard both used fairly often, it's just not required in a sentence the way it seems to be in Italian).

February 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/EsraaSaid5

hia hia 3la fkra

February 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Minecraft4321

Deeznuts

November 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AuntieE

I hit the check by mistake. I did not finish

February 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/timdc

Me to I accidentally said, You drink the.

June 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/laloquera

I put, they drink the water, but was thinking in Spanish, ustedes beven o bevan el agua. stupid me, huh?

August 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/angick644

Whats the diffrence

October 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rae.F
  • 1915

What's the difference between what and what?

October 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rosa254570

Nothing

July 5, 2017
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