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Il pomodoro è una frutta!

Anyone else bothered by the fact that they have the tomato as a vegetable? Not that all of the sentences make the most sense (I eat a bear...), but this is just false.

January 23, 2013



By the way, in italian the correct sentence would be "Il pomodoro è un frutto"


Sorry but, why is it frutto and not frutta? :( I'm confused now


Because "frutta" refers to the food in general. "Un frutto" is the single physical object, you can't say "una frutta" (tho in some region it's used, but it's dialectal). The example doesn't fit perfectly, but frutto : frutta = coin : money. So you can say "la frutta" (the money), but not "le frutte" (the moneys) nor "una frutta" (a money). You can say "il frutto" (one coin) and "i frutti" (the coins). I hope I was clear enough


If we say, "the tomato is a fruit," it seems that "frutta" would apply though, since we are talking not about the tomato as a single object but as part of the category of fruit in general, not a single physical object but belonging to the larger family. Non è vero?


I would agree with this although many people think of it as a vegetable.


Yes! Very clear, thank you!


because Italian for fruit is la frutta. It's a separate noun and isn't therefore influenced by il pomodoro being masculine.


This is actually a complex issue. Technically speaking, yes, it is a fruit. However, people traditionally spoke about tomatoes as vegetables. There was even a court case about this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nix_v._Hedden


If it really is a complex issue, Duolingo should just make us translate "il pomodoro è un frutto o una verdura?"


Botanically speaking quite a few vegetables are really fruits - tomatoes, eggplants, squash, peppers for example. Mushrooms are typically considered a vegetable even though botanically speaking they're not even a plant.

Duolingo's probably going by a culinary definition of fruit and vegetables - which considering that's the most likely situation that most of us will use the food words in, I don't think that's a problem.



I don't think we're suppose to think about the meaning of the sentences, just the translation. After all, we've been eating bears and seen reading monkeys and that didn't seem to bother anyone.


The issue would be if it's either "una frutta" or "una verdura". It is always understood that it is "un frutto" and "un vegetale".


Botanically speaking, tomatoes are fruit. However, in terms of culinary, they're considered vegetables.


"Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad."


Sono molto d'accordo.


If we're getting strict, bananas are berries. Why can't we have that to translate?


Bananas are actually herbs - they're part of the ginger family. Along with Birds of Paradise (and Amy Pond, I suppose).


i always loved 'the water is in the sugar'


L'acqua è nel lo zucchero - is that the right way to say it??


No, the right way would be: L'acqua è nello zucchero. But makes more sense that the sugar is in the water: "Lo zucchero è nell'acqua". Wanna laugh ?I am Italian, but there are so many errors in Duolingo Italian that I am not able to pass the lock sessions :P


when you have sugar in the water it is a good thing and you could drink sweet water when you have water in the sugar it is a bad thing as sugar gets all lumpy and you could not take it out of the jar.


That's not an error! Saying "The water is in the sugar" is not a problem because it's certainly possible! I don't think that counts as an error. If the other problems that you had in the lock sessions were like that, I just don't think you were really trying.


That is quite scary considering I'm learning this language from scratch. I'd also wish they would explain. The grammar more - only reason I can work out conjunctions etc. Is because I did 10 years of French at school, otherwise I would have no clue


seriously? I am half-italian and wanted to improve my skills, so maybe it's not the best way to do it :P


I agree with you, but the most important thing here is to improve your Italian, not your botanical knowledge.


tomatoes bear seeds which meets the definition of fruit


Well, it doesn't really matter, and no one will be using Duolingo as a reference (ex. "I know the tomato is a vegetable because Duolingo says so!") so I don't think it really matters. If you really think that's incorrect you should report it as "The English sentence is nonsensical" :)


in culinary terms the tomato is a vegetable, maybe that's why.


Yes, a tomato is a fruit. When Christopher Colombus came to the Americas, he named them "pomodori," or " golden fruit."


Si è vero. Mind the accent on "to be " verb or it will be translated as "and". Remember: He is John (Lui è John), He and John (Lui e John). So the accent is fundamental or you'll get it all wrong :)


You are right, but if (s)he is not Italian, (s)he may not be able to type that letter.


Sì, è vero. Mind the accent on the "yes" word or it will be translated as oneself. :)


Why can't a tomato be both a fruit and a vegetable? I see nothing wrong with this.


Humans like to classify things. :)


True. A fruit-table. I don't know how to say that in italian though haha


It should be changed .... as you said it: because "this is just false". If a dolphin can be regarded in its right species category i.e. mammal and not by appearance i.e. a fish ("The dolphin is not a fish."), why than the tomato couldn't?


giusto - non e una verdura


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    Botanically speaking, a tomato is a fruit; that is what the post was about. The same holds good for an avocado. However, all over the world these fruits are generally regarded as vegetables in cookery books and also in diet rules.


    Only people who don’t realize that all fruits are also vegetables, being parts of plants

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