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"The cat likes the dog."

February 1, 2013

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Why does it start with "al" instead of "il"?


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"Piacere" (to like), "mancare" (to lack/miss), "servire" (when used as to need), and a few other verbs in Italian originate from what in English is the object: A likes B translates to "B piace ad A", or "B is liked by A". You can mnemonically substitute with the inverted form (is ... by).

There are also verbs whose object is different in Italian compared to English: for instance "A asks B for C" in Italian is "A chiede C a B" (direct and indirect object are switched).


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It would be a nice add if, when making mistakes, the "broken rule" could be displayed when hovering over the correct answer.

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