There are 4 exceptions to the rule when it comes to family members : 1) You have to use the definite article when you "distort" the name (like il mio papà, la sua mamma, la mia sorellina, la sua ziette or il suo coginetto). 2) You also have to use it when the name is plural (i miei figli, le vostre madri), 3) If you use loro (la loro madre, i loro fratelli...). And 4) If you use an adjective (la mia cara sorella, il mio dolce padre). But beware : these rules are only applicable to the names of your family members, there are some others for the rest of the words (It's mostly replacements for the article, like you can use a number instead, ex : "due tuoi amici" = "two of your friends")
I suppose it shouldn't be incorrect, but the word for "father" is "padre." "Papà" is more informal and affectionate, like "dad" or "daddy," and they want you to understand the distinction being made."Babbo" is another affectionate term, as in "O mio babbino caro" ("babbino" being even more affectionate, a very common use of diminutives in Italian).
Thanks for the tip re the hints, but quite simply, if a solution is IN the hints, then it should be a correct option. What is the point of putting a completely wrong solution in their program as a hint? You could end up using an incorrect hint in later circumstances. If it is not correct, do not put it in as a hint. Simple.
Well, these are hints, not answers to the task. In Italian (as in English) a single word can have multiple meanings, including verb, noun, adjective and so on. It's up to you to choose (usually the only one of) those which makes sense. Sometimes there are a couple of synonyms and all might work, but sometimes only the first one is accepted. Use report often and additional synonyms might be added as correct too. Insomma, hints and correct answers are different entities. The report tool is the link between them.
Would like to believe you but today "È lo stesso" I translated as "It is anyway" as "anyway" was the top suggestion. It was marked wrong and was given "It is the same" as the correct solution. This answer appeared as the second suggestion. It would be nice to have consistency with the 'hints', which should lead you to the correct answer otherwise it devalues the program.