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"Io ho i bicchieri, lei ha le bottiglie."

Translation:I have the glasses, she has the bottles.

August 28, 2016



Right, this is almost a UB40 quote. Io ho la bottiglia, tu hai il bicchiere ... pop the cork and try a sup ...


Why is the article for bicchieri different from the article for bottiglie? Probably a dumb question, but I'm having trouble telling which one to use when.


Any Italian article must agree in number and gender with the noun it refers to, and must also agree phonetically with the following word (which in some cases is not the noun itself).

There are six different definite articles (seven, if counting as an article of its own the one that forms an elision).

In the following list, an arrow (→) indicates the phonetic agreement.

<sub>~</sub> definite articles to be used before singular nouns <sub>~</sub>

IL → masculine words that begin with any consonant (except S + consonant, and Z)

il bicchiere, il libro, il suono

LO → masculine words that begin with S + consonant, or with Z

lo specchio, lo zio, lo sport

LA → feminine words that begin with any consonant

la bottiglia, la scatola, la penna

L' (this is 'lo' or 'la' with an elision) → words that begin with any vowel

l'occhio, l'isola, l'uccello, l'unghia

<sub>~</sub> definite articles to be used before plural nouns <sub>~</sub>

I → masculine words that begin with any consonant (except S + consonant, and Z)

i bicchieri, i libri, i suoni

GLI → masculine words that begin with S + consonant, or with Z, and with any vowel

gli specchi, gli zii, gli sport, gli occhi, gli uccelli

LE → feminine words that begin with any consonant

le bottiglie, le scatole, le penne, le isole, le unghie

Note that plural articles do not form an elision before words that begin with a vowel.

When an adjective comes between the article and the noun, the article still agrees in gender and number with the noun, but it agrees phonetically with the word that follows, i.e. with the adjective.

L'uomo ~ IL vecchio uomo

(IL is masculine singular as 'uomo', but it agrees phonetically with 'vecchio')

LA persona ~ L'ottima persona

IL treno ~ L'ultimo treno

I saloni ~ GLI ampi saloni

GLI spettacoli ~ I brutti spettacoli

I hope everything is clear.


Very useful. I copied all of it for my notes. Thanks.


Good question, I also have this problem.


I keep getting this wrong, but I swear Im putting the exact same thing it says. Is anyone else experiencing that?


Yes. :-( I'm using my phone so their answer covers up mine. I am not able to even see what I may be writing incorrectly. Frustrating.


lei could also be 'YOU


Yes indeed, I fully agree, 'lei' also means you, used in formal situations


Usually capitalized though when it's the formal you


How? I'm confusing right now


The audio goes to fast


...and they are a fine couple!


I got it right i just did not put the comma


There is a mistake as some words are missing from the choice..hence not possible to get it right


Sounds like fun to me.

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    Are comma splices are acceptable in Italian? If so, fine, but they are not acceptable in English. A correct English translation, therefore should look like this: "I have the glasses. She has the bottles." A semicolon or dash would also be acceptable but, in most cases, not preferred.


    why does it need a "es" at the back of bottle "es" it does not make sense


    "i" and "ha" sound wrong


    YesIt reads, but thatäs not what the question reads. It reads: Io ho i glasses, lei ha la bottles.


    why not , I have the glasses, you have the bottles . Lei being formal for tu?


    The sound "ho" and "ha" can't be clear in speaking. It is the only problem in my speaking<.>


    It sounds like "lei ho" instead of "lei ha" until you hear the slowed version. -_-


    Does bicchieri also translate as eyeglasses or does it just refer to the glasses you drink out of?


    Mine has LE instead of LEI as the only option for SHE. I think it's a misspell from the site. I took a picture. Unless LE can be SHE also...


    It doesent contain the right words to choose from


    What I wrote and you said are the same ..?

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