"I eat on your plate."
Translation:Io mangio nel tuo piatto.
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Thanks for posting! With the exception of singular family members, possessives always require an article. (Mia madre, mio zio, tuo padre BUT il mio piatto, il suo orso, i miei cani, le vostre scarpe...)
In this case, "nel" is already "in + il", so it does not require an additional article.
In the specific case, nel is a compound of in and il (nello is in+lo, nella in+la and so on) so "nel il" is repeating the article; in case you wonder, "nel" is the only form you can use, i.e. "in il" is wrong as well. The same applies to other prepositions: del (di+il), al (a+il), dal (da+il), sul (su+il), while col (con + il) is optional.
Am I the only person who finds this sentence, "I eat on your plate", which is accepted as a correct answer, strange? I mean strange to the point where I cannot envisage any time it would be used in English. Such a sentence makes very poor leaning material, even if it can illustrate some point about possessives and prepositions. I am left wondering whether "Io mangio nel tuo piatto" is similarly unlikely in Italian, or has some meaning that has been lost in translation