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

"Io e lui vogliamo una birra."

January 30, 2013

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

ED VS E ~ It's all over the place when I try to find an explanation. Shouldn't this be E not ED? ED is supposedly for a sentence where the next word starts with a vowel!!?


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

I decided to try out 'he and I would like a beer' and it was not accepted. It is, in my opinion a slightly more polite way of saying 'he and I want a beer'. They mean the same thing.


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

I think your last two sentences disagree with each other, Karen. :) I'm not a native speaker, but I'd guess that the reason why it doesn't accept "would like" is precisely because it does mean something different... it means something more polite than "voglio." If I wanted to say "I would like a coffee" when ordering a drink in Italian, I'd say "vorrei un caffè," not "voglio un caffè." Using voglio here could be considered overly familiar or rude (just as "I want a coffee" can sound demanding in English). I am guessing Duolingo will introduce the "vorrei..." construction later, but at the present time, it probably doesn't want to trick you into thinking you're being more polite than you are.


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

Good point. Additionally, this is the present tense section of grammar. Focus on that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jeslam1

why is it io e lui? as it would sound weird translated in english ( I and he want a beer?)

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