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"Quanti panini mangiate?"

Translation:How many sandwiches are you eating?

July 13, 2016



I don't know why this is in the present perfect lesson.


Duo is not very clever about assigning sentences to skills. It sees a word (mangiate) which looks like a (feminine plural) past participle (mangiato), so it decides to throw the sentence to the desperate learners practicing the "Present Perfect" skill.

In this sentence "mangiate" is actually (second person plural) present indicative. As PATRICKPIZ1 said in response to Ronaldo-Correia, Italian presente indicativo tense works in a lot of cases, including most uses of present continuous in English.

The person adding this sentence felt that the most obvious meaning of the sentence is covered by the English present continuous. This does not preclude translations using present simple and they should be accepted as well.


Trick question. I thought it was actually pretty clever to throw that in. Took me a moment to realize hey wait, that's not past tense...


But its not passive either is it? What is it?


It's the second person plural - voi mangiate


Good one, Duo! On the street no one speaks "only in present perfect on Monday." Surprises come at us all the time--and you got me on this one, too.


My CORRECTED answer from DL is: How many sabdwiches will you eat?


yes, present tense can be used as a future tense it can even be used in simple past tense in specific sentences. it is very versatile. if the action is imminent (our sentence) it can be 'will you eat?' if the action is certain to occur, if it is an invitation to a future event, and after some conjunctions like 'non appena', 'fino a quando', 'se' and others. there are other conditions under which it can be used as a future tense. if you have a good grammar, it will list these conditions..

this book of verbs has a grammar starting on page 2. http://ge.tt/6fDnguA2/v/0?c


Exactly my question.


Wait... so what's Present continuous in English language is present perfect in Italian? O.o


Why is mangiate translated as present progressive here? My answer of 'How many sandwiches do you eat' was marked wrong... Not sure of the rule


I used the same Aug 30, 2020 and was correct.


I wrote: "How many sandwiches do you eat?" and was marked wrong. I think my response should be correct and am not sure why it isn't.


It is my own doubt (I'm italian mother-tongue). The translation that Duolingo offers is wrong. "Quanti panini mangiate" uses an analogue of the present simple conjugation (in italian it is called "presente"), but the English translation is in the present continuous (it is like an italian "gerundio"). The difference between the phrase in italian and the corresponding in English is that (in italian) the question can be generic, something like "usually, how many sandwich do you eat?", but in the English version is specific like "in this moment, now, while your mouth is full of sandwiches".


Mine as well! 8/10/2018


Interesting. I wrote "How many sandwiches do y'all eat" and was corrected to "how many sandwiches do you eat". FWIW, DL Italian (and Spanish and French and German) generally accept y'all for you plural.


Probably considered too idiomatic


The sentence is in the past tense and the answer is in the present continuos.


the sentence above is in the Italian present tense. the answer would also be in the same tense. it is used like the English present continuous. the present tense in Italian does a lot of heavy lifting. it is used to state a fact that is always true, ongoing events in the present (the sentence above), regularly repeating actions (habitual) occurring in the present, actions that began in the past but continue into the future, after some conjunctions (appena, fino a che, se) it can be used for future actions. there are others. a good Italian grammar lists the many uses of the present tense. Langenscheidt publishes a pocket size grammar that is pretty complete. barron; Collins; practice makes perfect also have Italian grammars. I don't know why this sentence is in this section.


How many sandwiches are you eating is not something that necessarily started in the past. In English it can mean how many sandwiches do you want. I think there is nothing much to be gained by throwing this sentence in this section. I hope this is not an indicator of the course going forwards.


so just to clarify, the verb 'mangiate', is still continuous,i.e,ongoing?


"mangiate" can translate to "you (all) eat" or "you (all) are eating"


This is the present tense. The sentence does not belong in this lesson.


this is one of the uses of Italian present tense. here is a site to help with this. https://www.fluentu.com/blog/italian/italian-present-tense/ and another. https://www.thoughtco.com/italian-present-tense-2011712


I agree that it is present when I look at it again but it is confusing because it appears in an exerise on the present perfect!


I would disagree. I think it is relevant, although tricky, as it teaches us how to distinguish between tenses. Nothing new was tossed at us. Once I realized what was happening, I smiled and moved on!


well its not clear to me how its relevant. This is not helpful to beginners.


Finally a question that relates to me


I still don't see why this sentence is the passato prossimo lesson? There is nothing about the past in it.


Why have I been marked wrong for 'how many sandwiches do you eat'. This is a more likely question than the given translation, for instance when preparing food.


I heard the audio as "Quanti bambini mangiate?" which was quite a shock...


They have not explained the tenses


Dont understand the tenses


No one: Literally no one: Me: how many PAGANINI'S are you eating? Wait never mind its panini


The question says "quanti panini mangiate?" but the tips are either wrong or correct.

But the tips mentioned "how many sandwiches (you) eat" I'M CONFUSED


Sorry for my bad English because I'm Japanese





Ronaldo-Correia: could you please help me out and let me know where could I find that rule? thanks


is 'mangiatr' the present past tense??


no. it's present tense used (appropriately) as present continuous. here is a page that will help. https://www.fluentu.com/blog/italian/italian-present-tense/




for future reference, would 'mangiando' be the present -continuous tense??


no. mangiando is a gerund. 'stai mangiando' is the present continuous of 'you are eating'. appropriate form of stare + gerund.


This lesson is screwed up. I accidentally wrote the answer in past tense and was corrected to "will you eat". That's not right either!


But it's supposed to be an exercise in passato prossimo?


But this is supposed to be a lesson in passato prossimo


Non mi giudicare!


Francy-Chan: I agree, but the simple present is used in Italian, hence it should be accepted in English: "How many sandwiches do you eat?"


how does this sentence got here? It is NOT in the presence perfect!


Quanti panini mangiate?


What are we learning here? Are we learning present continuous or present perfect. Who is missing up the teaching?


Where is the present perfect in this sentence? Aren't we practicing the present perfect?


Why this sentence is here?


So how do you ask - 'How many sandwiches have you eaten?'?


How would it be: "As many as I can"?


My last heart on this question and i was actually right haha


Thought donyou eat same as are you eating really


Italian duelingo didnt give us the defirent between present simple and continues!!


Eating right now or usually???


Duolingo are you fat shaming me?!


I dont understand why quanti panini mangiate means "how many sandwiches do you eat" but quante ragazze mangiano means (according to a previous lesson) "how many girls are eating". Why wouldnt the second example mean "how many girls are they eating?" Is it just based on context?


Can't see difference between my and correct answer?


I typed: HOW MANY SANDWICHES DO YOU EAT. Why isn't mine also correct? If it's not, then how do u translate my sentence?


I got it wrong because i missed the e in sandwhiches. Youve got to be kidding me


the sentence literally means How many sandwiches you eat. To get the translation above shouldn't it be "Quanti panini state mangiando"?


That's what i thought, but would it be stati or stai? Because the translation is for the singular 'you' right


why is "how many sandwiches do you eat" not correct?


I thought this would be How many sandwiches are you GUYS/GIRLS eating? It's 2nd person plural right, 'you' is singular. But anyway the correct sentence should be 'Quanti panini stai mangiando?' - eating is a gerund and stai (from stare) can be used because it is continuous and temporary. Correct me if i'm wrong


Why do I hear Hermione saying to Ron : will u stop eating!! Hahhaa


How many ways are there to spell that answer? I wrote "How many sandwiches are you eating". August 24, 2021.


It would really help learning if duolingo were to indicate if "you" is supposed to be plural or not. Yes in english it doesnt make a difference, but the reinforcement effect is so much lower if everytime somrthing is written in the second person i need to actively think about if its plural or not...


What is the meaning of mangiate alone? Shouldn't it be 'Quanti panini stai mangiando'?


it means " Voi mangiate" = you eat ( 2° pers. Plural )


Ahh. Thank you very much. Sometimes... But can we use mangiate for 'are you eating'(present continuous)?


Yes but is " voi state mangiando" :) All the verbs in -ing ( present continuous ) in italian finishes with -ando


I know that but what i mean is 'mangiate' is present but 'are you eating' is present progressive so why is the translation given one instead of 'state mangiando'?


Because in italian It can be said in both ways or the phrase " Quanti panini state mangiando" or " Quanti panini mangiate? " it does not change the meaning in italian


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