the pronunciation of "l'acqua" is really weird here. you should be able to hear the first A clearly
Lei means she right? But it tells me that I'm wrong and should have put you
Wrong (and right) lei means she (informal) but Lei means she or he (formal)!
Can anyone explain why 'she drinks water' does always include the definate article, 'she eats sugar' does not contain the definate article (duo says lei mangia zucchero) and 'she eats bread can be either 'lei mangia pane' or 'lei mangia il pane'. Very confused.. just got used to french from english...! Thanks in advance
E' duolinguo che crea confusione, in tutti i casi e' sempre meglio mettere l'articolo, non si sbaglia mai. ;-)))
Can you simply translate that as She drinks water? Or does it have to be She drinks THE water?
Yes, you can translate it as "she drinks water". In Italian, most nouns have "the" or "a/an" in front of them.
Whats the difference between la and l'? Can I say l'mela instead of la mela?
If you try to say "l'mela" it is very difficult. If you try to say "la acqua" it is very difficult. The " l' " is used where la precedes a vowel and is therefore not so easy to say. Think of it like saying "an orange" instead of "a orange" in english.
You use l + apostrophe to contract an article and when the word right after starts with a vowel. Think of it as using it is = It's. You'll contract 2 words into 1. The rule applies to an article and the word that starts with a vowel. To echo @gregors10's comment, it's a matter of flow where it "flows" in a more natural way by contracting words instead of pronouncing 2 words with similar sounds back to back. Hope that helps.
Be warned. Lei is the formal term for he or she, lei is the informal term for she; when a sentence starts with lei, it is of course written Lei and therefore can mean she (informal), she (formal) or he (formal), so there is no way to tell the sex when a sentence starts with Lei unless it is long enough for there to be another clue.
When you use "drinks" (beve) while talking about "he" or "she" or "the man" etc. It is "beve" for example, Lui beve, Lei beve, L'uomo beve
Now, "drink" can mean either "bevo" or "bevi". When you use "drink" as in "I drink", you should use bevo (Io bevo)
When you use "drink" as in "you drink", you should use bevi (Tu bevi)
If it says another transalation is... Does that mean your right or wrong?????
It means there are multiple correct ways to translate it. You are correct, but another way also would have been correct.