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"Voi bevete l'acqua."

Translation:You all drink the water.

January 18, 2013

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


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

I think voi means you ALL and tu just means you


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/windbreaker10

Like vosotros in spanish


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

And vocês in portuguese, ihr in german...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alireza1770

And "hamegi shoma" in Persian


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

And siz in Turkish


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

And kalian in Indonesian


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChanR1

And voi in romanian, wait wut


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheReal.Lily

And julle in Afrikaans


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JugderGurr1

Вы in Russian)


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

And in romanian voi, basically the same thing


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

and kayo in tagalog


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EvgeniyChe3

And «вы» (vi) in Russian.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/losik55

And vosotras in Spanish.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pasqualese14

Umeis in ancient greek :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tibi585212

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rakhee961537

Noooo, it is ustedes in Spanish


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


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@ Robbadob

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


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

Loro in Spanish is Ellos/Ellas. Voi can be ustedes (formal) and vosotros (informal)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DominikSuc5

And vi in Croatian


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

And "Julle" in Afrikaans


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

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


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

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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Muiris-Ire

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


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erated8

Never In A Million Years Would I Differentiate Between Ye And You.


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mike560051

That is hownthey say it in chicago too


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erated8

That Is Wrong.


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

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"


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


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AustinRobb5

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erated8

    I'm Not Sure I've Ever Heard A Proper Southerner Say Y'all, But I Say It All The Time. I Also Use Yous Sometimes.


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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')


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Meepsicle83

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


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

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


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erated8

    I'm Not From Texas And I Say Y'all.


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


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bill764470

    The plural form of "you" is "you." The singular, no longer in use, is "thou" -- although different web sources seem to tell different stories. I don't think you'll succeed in having it reintroduced -- although checking different sources there seem to be multiple explanations of what happened -- like "thou" becoming associated with the French "vous" after 1066.

    The notion that English needs the distinction strikes me as highly eccentric. Languages become simpler as they evolve -- not more complicated. Further, the usage of "y'all" is typically associated with the South and border states. Above all, it is not-standard. Some Southerners use it as a mark of Southern identity. But it is not conventional in the English language as a whole -- you won't find it spoken by natives of either New York or London.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erated8

    Huh, I Thought I Heard That You Is Actually Derived From Thou, As Originally When Printing Presses Were Being Used The Þ Was Written As A 'Y'. Perhaps The Plural Form, You, Also Existed, And That Just​ Caused Them To Merge Together?


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

    -Or sometimes very slang, 'yous guys', we used this as kids, growing up in New York.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ido852425

    Like "atem" in hebrew


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Christa902762

    Y'all or yous guys..lol


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

    In the south we say Y'all. Lol very helpful thank you.


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

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


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

    Yes, VOI is plural and TU is singular :)


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


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

    -1

    (Please don't write your vote.)


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

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


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

    tu means thou

    voi means you when used for more than one person


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anahita1379

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


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Delsy253445

    Tu is you in singular, voi is you in plural


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hjz418

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


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

    Like "Vocês" and "Vós" in Portuguese


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bakin8

    And 'Ustedes' in Latin Spanish


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fatima967316

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


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

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


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/qwerty5241

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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??".


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

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


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

    I love how we compare languages


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

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


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erated8

    Eyy, A Fellow Learning Italian And Welsh!


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

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


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    In Italian, the polite singular "you" is "Lei" and the polite plural "you" is "Loro". Note the capital letters.


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    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.


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


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

    In NY it would be you guys


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

    And in the Midwest!


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


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erated8

    But What If You're Talking To Dudes, Not Guys?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    There was no option to reply to you above, so I'm replying here.

    "You" and "thou" co-existed. "Thou" was the singular and "you" was the plural or polite, like the French "tu/vous". The use of Þ had absolutely nothing to do with how "thou" dropped out of common usage. Typesetting does not affect how people speak ("thau" vs "yoo"). Even if it did, literacy was not as widespread as it is now. Even if it were, "thou" has its own verb conjugations, so it was never a matter of just swapping one word universally for another.

    Subject Object Poss. Pron. (before cons.) Poss. Pron. (before vowel) Possessive Adjective
    I me my mine mine
    thou thee thy thine thine
    ye you your your yours

    Also, why do you always capitalize every single word?


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erated8

    You Don't, Italian Is A Pro(noun) Drop Language, Since The Conjugation Already Indicates The Pronoun.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PamelaC1

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


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    Please refer to PaoloCatt's comment further down the page for the way "loro" is and is not used in Italian currently.


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


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RebeccaShe20

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    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


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

    Well, that's confusing! ^^


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    That comment is 2 years old. I'm told my information is inaccurate.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Md.elahrash

    So .. Voi = انتم Tu = انت .. بس


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

    Sorry I can't help myself


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Daphne170599

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


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

    What's wrong with we drink water


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    That would be "Noi bevono l'acqua."

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


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

    *noi beviamo l'acqua


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    Oops! You're right! How did I make that mistake?


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doofdoof7701

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


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


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    Yes. "bevete" only goes with "voi", so there's never any ambiguity.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/K8teBet8K

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    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".


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

    what is the different between voi , noi


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    voi = you (plural)
    noi = we


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    Did you mean to reply to me?


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    In Italian, it is almost never wrong to leave out the pronoun. "Bevete l'acqua" and "Voi bevete l'acqua" are both equally correct.


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jacob727686

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


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    Yes. I can clearly see the similarities. It is also well-established that both languages descend from Latin.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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").


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    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.


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    There used to be, and in some dialects it's coming back.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrianPecki1

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    Those words definitely exist, but right now we are learning the present tense. Past tense will come later in the tree.


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    No. Italian is the kind of language where the pronoun can be easily omitted.


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    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.)


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

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


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

    So voi means you all


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    Voi is the plural only. Formal would use third person and capitalize it in writing: Lei in the singular and Loro in the plural.


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

    Is the pronoun always necessary?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    No. Italian lets you drop the pronoun 95% of the time.


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

    OK I just wasn't sure, thanks


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

    Where is tutti?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    The "you all" is meant to indicate that only the plural "you" (voi) is correct. Otherwise it could also be interpreted as singular (tu).


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    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.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageLe435356

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    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.


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    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.


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


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

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


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    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.


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

    I do not cite duo saying you all but voi


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


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    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".


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/snaily107

    what is the difference between all the diferent words for drink


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    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


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

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


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

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


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


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

    Thank you so much this helped a lot.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pat472382

    Voi is the plural, not too terribly difficult!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arturo42120

    What are the conjugations of drink in Italian?


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    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


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


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    Where does it say "drink in"?


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

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


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    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.


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

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


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leena683271

    In Finland we say: Te juotte vettä.


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


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    Yes.

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KevinSmith480592

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


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    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


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


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


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abhishek424001

    Meeru andaru in Telugu


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hector290697

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    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.


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


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

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


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

    Why"We" to" voi"??


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danielhala12

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


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    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-".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathySanto324234

    Alguém do Brasil que posso m ajudar


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

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


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    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.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ethan982180

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


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JackTucker14

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JackTucker14

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


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MGD2bVn1

    I couldn't type the word because the keyboard doesn't come up


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xaver931148

    You drink the water IS correct. You may be singular or plural... (but Duolingo thinks us wrong


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    If a valid response is marked wrong, please flag it in-lesson and report "My answer should be accepted."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sestri5

    I cant understand a word the male voice says. It is too robotic, even when slowed down.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    Flag it and report a problem with the audio.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theo639847

    We drink water = noi beviamo acqua, but you (all) drink water - voi bevete l'acqua. In both cases the water is in the accusative. I am walking in this forest without a map.


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    Italian does not decline nouns. Yes, "acqua/l'acqua" is the direct object of "bere", but there is no accusative case here.

    l' is one of the forms of the definite article "the". In real-life conversation, its use or omission will subtly change the details of what you mean. It's similar (but not identical) in English: "I drink water" is a statement of habit and "I drink the water" points out a more specific instance.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theo639847

    Thanks, it remains more or less a shot in the dark.


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    It really shouldn't be. Since Duolingo gives us sentences out of context, either ought to be accepted. If you double-check your answer and there are no errors or typos or extra spaces but it's still marked wrong, you can flag it and report "My answer should be accepted."


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

    Why is the translation Ye (You all) drink the water not acceptable?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    The course contributors have not added that dialectal variation to the database.


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

    I have totally confused in verb formation


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    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 basic patterns.


    https://i.imgur.com/8atYu1Y.png

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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarlosAlle3

    "You all" is not a formal pronoun but a dialectal form for the plural of you, as "you guys" is "yous" is. The correct in formal English is "you"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    Not formal, just standard.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarlosAlle3

    "You all" is not standard! It's common if you live in the south of the US. If you live in the West Coast of the US, the informal plural of you becomes "you guys." If you live in Ireland the common becomes "yous."

    In standard English, however, the plural of you remains you.

    Therefore the Italian "Tu" should translate as "you" but also the Italian "voi" should translate as "you"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    I meant that "you" is simply standard, not "formal".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nathilde4

    Why is voi sometimes you and other times you all?


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    Standard English only has one "you". Italian has singular and plural. When it wants to force you to go for the plural "voi", it specifies "you all". Otherwise both "tu" and "voi" are valid translations.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mario702739

    Thanks for the explanation but it is still Incorrect. Having learned Florentine Italian, “voi” was used for both singular and plural as the polite form of address. Tu was only used as the familiar address and “Voi tutti” was always translated as “All of you” never as you all.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lei-woomy

    That's one way to stay healthy >wo


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Blobfisch11

    When do you use l'acqua and when only acqua


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

    They all drink the water should be acceptable


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    No. "Voi" means "you", not "they".


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

    I can't for the life of me hear the " l' " part, I just keep putting voi bevete acqua


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

    We say tumi for you and tomra for Bengali in Bangladesh


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    The "all" is just there to make "you" plural.


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

    Owwww i see thank you


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amy2359

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ryan82921

    I thought "Tu" meant "you"


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KellyRamir8

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    Tu is the singular you. You're only addressing one person.
    Voi is the plural you. You're addressing more than one person.


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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 ;)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theo639847

    In Dutch JIJ singular and JULLIE plural.


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nicktheshogun600

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mey581035

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    It's not the imperative, it's a simple declarative. You are drinking.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cstone8963

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    It ought to be written as l'acqua. Putting a space in the middle of a contraction is wrong.


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    I'd report that.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MrWashington100

    We say yall up North too!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/krishna71993

    What is the difference between bevete and bevi?


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    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


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

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


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

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


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    Because translation isn't about translating each word separately. It doesn't work that way. Different languages have different grammatical rules.


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

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

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


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    Tu is singular.
    Voi is plural.

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


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

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


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    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.


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

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


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    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.


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


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    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.

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cass954412

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    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.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cass954412

    Thank you so much!


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

    All is equal to tutti ?? Am I wrong ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    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.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/darksweetlady92

    I think it would have to be "Voi TUTTI bevete l'acqua" so the translation is fully correct,as the sentence is English includes the word "all", which in the end gets a little bit lost.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    No.

    Italian is not a mirror of English. Standard English only has one "you" for singular and plural. We add the "all" sometimes to force the plural meaning.

    Italian has the singular "tu" and the plural "voi". They do not say "voi tutti". That would not be a good translation.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mario702739

    “You all” is not a correct English translation. It may be acceptable in American but not in English. All of you drink the water or You drink the water are correct.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/spa06jc

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


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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 ) "


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamueleSan1

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


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


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    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.


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    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.


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


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    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.


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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    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."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ella429167

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


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


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


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

    :-) Glad to be of help.


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


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

    Is voi formal or informal?


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    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.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JimenaJime16

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizitas09

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


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

    You all? You is still you in plural.


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    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.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsmaelGuzm2

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


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    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.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lucille657114

    You drank the water. That is acceptable


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


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


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    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".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elizabeth655890

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


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    Find a conjugation table for regular verbs.


    https://i.imgur.com/8atYu1Y.png

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/becky1890

    Can you also say you "drink the water"


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    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.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jeo188

    Is this descriptive or is it a command?


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    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.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arthur325911

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


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    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.


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


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    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]


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/an114

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


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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 :( ;)


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


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


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

    What is the difference between voi and tu.?


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    Voi is plural and tu is singular.


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

    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.......


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

    What does mean bevete l'acqua.


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

    I thought voi meant "I"


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    "I" is "io".


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

    Is this cowboy english?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Khushi2733

    What is difference between bevete, bevono and beviamo


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    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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samsim3242

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


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    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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kris782011

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


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    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


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

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


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

    I thought voi was.we, not you


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kuba544543

    Kto polak daje lajka


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Peggy_13

    Why is is Voi Beviamo and not Voi Bevo?


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

    All? I think its wrong


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    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.


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


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


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yusef600002

    Voi bevete l'acqua


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bartollomeo31

    It is good sentence


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MattyD2003

    This is ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ stupid


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


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cry4bcakes

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AhmedArsal2

    We drink the water


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    No, that would be Noi beviamo acqua.


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

    And seis tudim em mineirês


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gabizhita300

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


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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gabizhita300

    Ohhh, now I know, THANK YOU :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

    Happy it helped.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theo639847

    Drinking water is dangerous, most drownings are in water. Italians should drink wine, then the whole l'acqua/acqua problem for us foreigners would not exist anymore. :)


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

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


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


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

    you all is VERY incorrect english grammar


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

    Y'all? In Italian? Please.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    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.


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcelloCr5

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tiffany593109

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jacqueline466986

    Voibis the plural form of you ans would translate to they


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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    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.


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

    I hit the check by mistake. I did not finish


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

    Me to I accidentally said, You drink the.


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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angick644

    Whats the diffrence


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    What's the difference between what and what?

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