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Question about the word "Ananas"

I recently learnt my first noun in Italian that did not end in -o, -e, or -a, the word Ananas. That means pineapple. Which article would you use if you wanted to say "the pinapples"?

March 31, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/solidgitarius

Ananas is a word that comes from Brazil, from the indigenous language Tupi. It's used in a lot of languages.

Ananas

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/gabelesma

even though in most european languages they use something close to european portuguese word 'ananĂ¡', since Portugal took the fruit to the continent, in brazilian portuguese we call it 'abacaxi' hahah I googled and found out that the european version was originated from old tupi language whereas ours is a most recent variation. :)

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LlamasintheMist

Is that chart right? I thought that the Spanish was "Pino" (sorry I don't know how to do that diacretic).

And that English took it's name from that? It makes it a lot less funny so I guess there is a reason to say the Spanish don't call it that. But ti begs the question why a Pina Colada is not an Ananas Colada.

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1

It is masculine, and in plural takes "gli" - gli ananas.

http://www.wordreference.com/iten/ananas

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/JhnMrcds

Thanks! I just find it weird to say, il Ananas with that s at the end..

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Rafforza

I agree, ananas is weird, but the weirdest is probably

  • lo smoking.
  • plural = gli smoking.

I will never get used to it

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/MABBY

Stranger than Google becoming an Italian verb? Googlare.
Yes, I'm serious.

Noi goggliamo.

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Rafforza

Another one I just found = ritwittato I'm assuming from ritwittare, meaning to retweet.!

July 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Paolingual

l'ananas, not "il"

April 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando

l'ananas o l'ananasso, but plural gli ananas / gli ananassi.

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/MA390

I am not sure that people still say ananasso, though technically correct.

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando

I've heard it, but maybe it was an elder gentleman, I do not remember:)

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrieleTrovato

Seriously, never say "ananasso" to an italian, he could kid you for your entire life :')

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando

but that seems to be an argument for saying it:)

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrieleTrovato

Ahahah Ok xD. If you have questions about the italian I'm here :3

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/RogerFederer24

Hello. I learned from my Italian professor that the word itself 'Ananas' does not change, but the article does. Hope I can be of help.z

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/MA390

That is very common for words that were taken into Italian from a foreign language, including English:

  • lo sport / gli sport
  • il computer / i computer
  • il bar / i bar
March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrieleTrovato

In italian, "Ananas" is a foreign word, so, like all the foreign words, it's the same in singular and plural forms, only the article changes. We say (yes, I'm italian) "l'ananas" and "gli ananas". And "ananassi" in italian DON'T EXIST, it's horrible! (Never say "ananassi" please.) I hope I was useful ;)

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/GiorgioYianni

Most fruits are feminine in Italian but exotic fruits are usually masculine (except banana). The trees are usually masculine il melo: the apple tree , il banano: the banana tree etc.

April 4, 2016
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