"I have a tomato and an apple."

Translation:Io ho un pomodoro ed una mela.

February 3, 2013

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I am in need of more guidance from duolinguo with regard to 'e' and 'ed'. At first I guessed that ed was used before a word that began with a vowel, but 'ed il cane' was marked wrong. Then I thought perhaps 'ed' was only used in front of a word beginning with another e, but now both e and ed are accepted in this example before a word beginning with u. I'm very confused.


Yes, I have found it very confusing as well. So far, I have been using "ed" when followed by a vowel or vowel sound. It hasn't marked me wrong yet. You just have to be careful on the "Write what you hear." From what I read on other discussions, either should work. Does anyone more skilled in Italian have better information on this?


You must use "ed" before words that begin with an "e". Before words that begin with other vowels we rarely use "ed", so you can use "e". Sorry for my English, I'm Italian :)


Grazie per la tua spiegazione. Sorry for my Italian, I am Australian:)


Thank you for clearing that up for all of us!


But in this task it is wrong when you don't put eD before uno. In similar tasks before it was wrong when you did this. Is it wonder that I now feel lost?


Dear Maria_K10, if I drop the pronoun 'io', is my sentence really unacceptable?: Ho un pomorodo.... (still I can't believe in DL)

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    You can drop the pronoun "io" (italian is a Pro-drop - pronoun dropping - language), but you should have written pomoDoRo not pomoRoDo.

    "Ho un pomodoro" and "Io ho un pomodoro" are similar, but the first is better and the second puts "emphasis" on Io (I).

    Sorry for my English


    How about the other pronouns, is there a rule about dropping Ii, Lui/lei, loro, etc. Thanks for your help

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      It is the same for all other pronouns. When a pronoun is pleonastic (i.e. useless, superfluous) you can drop it, because in Italian you have to conjugate all verbs and you can understand the pronoun from the verb.


      • I eat => Io mangio => Mangio
      • You eat => Tu mangi => Mangi
      • He/she/it eats => Lui/lei mangia => Mangia
      • We eat => Noi mangiamo => Mangiamo
      • You eat => Voi mangiate => Mangiate
      • They eat => Loro mangiano => Mangiano

      You can put the pronoun for "emphasize" it, otherwise it is better not.

      Sorry for my English


      Your English is marvelous!


      i used "ho un pomodoro e una mela " and it was marked correct.


      I was told I was incorrect! Curious.


      What diferents between " io ho pomodoro" and "Ho un pomodoro"? Is it not the same?


      In the first sentence you are missing the definite article "un". But you can say both "Io ho UN pomodoro" and (more commonly) you can drop the personal pronoun and say "Ho un pomodoro"


      I have the same issue


      Is number 1 and 3 different only in using "Io"? Is that really that big of a difference?


      And btw I am getting both of these flagged as wrong...


      I'm stuck in a loop with no matter what I choose now.


      It is not acepting the right answer


      Neither answer is correct, i also get stuck in a loop


      Io ho and ho is the same thing just with out the i. why is it wrong?


      Its probably the context you put it in. So maybe you said Io ho, but the rest of your sentence wasnt the correct version for it. Probably you typed Io ho and the rest of the sentence was better used with Ho. I dont know but thats what happened to me a couple of times.


      I have a pen i have an apple !


      In other tasks it was wrong to put ED before uno or una, and now suddenly it is wrong when you don't! I am lost now...


      I left out Io and I was marked wrong. Why is this not acceptable?


      That's what I want to know!


      'ed una mela' but, previous sentence was 'donne e uomini'-why?


      Can somebody explain the difference between ed and e


      Use ed before words starting in "e"


      Or with qny other vowel.


      Or with any other vowel.


      Try to look at the gender , same gender with vowel will use "e" , but DIFFERENT gender with vowel , will use "ed"


      It is not acepting any answer


      The answers for this, are not correct


      Guys you must select both, first option and the third.


      For me the mistake was with un and una. " IO ho un pomodoro e una mela" thats what i put. It said once before that una is feminine and un masculine but for English, object dont get genders. So i offten confuse un for a, and una for an.


      Non puo non essere coretto nessuno


      I keep translating this phrase perfectly and the app says its incorrect.


      I wrote the correct answer i.e. "Io ho un pomodoro ed una mela" and was marked wrong. An error by Duolingo, I assume.


      It is not incorrect to use "e" instead of "ed".


      This time they accepted "e" and offered "ed" as an alternative. Inconsistent.


      Why can't I use io? It was marked wrong.


      Because I used Io I was marked wrong? Anybody kno why?


      What is the rule for when we use 'un' as opposed to 'una'. This is driving me crazy. I can't see any pattern or rationale as to when we use one as opposed to the other.

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