"The boys drink water."
Translation:I ragazzi bevono l'acqua.
Well I got it.. La: singular feminine. Le: plural feminine. Il: singular masculine. Lo: singular masculine starting with Z or S. L': singular starting with vowels. I: plural masculine starting with consonants except for Z or S. Gli: plural masculine starting with vowels, Z or S.
What i dont get is that they said its l'acqua and they didnt even mention the word the
There are many small mistakes on individual examples. But but doing daily practice will get you past these little errors.
They're actually not mistakes. Italian (and some other languages like French and Spanish) will use articles (the/a) in places that English does not require them.
i thought "I" was only used when nouns started with a vowel. at least that is what the, help" box said at the start of the quiz. at first glance i though the best form would be to use "il", because this is a masculine noun. plz advise :)
I believe that "i" is used when the word that follows is PLURAL . . . i ragazzi (the boys) as opposed to the SINGULAR il ragazzo = the boy. When the next word begins with a vowel, use l' (l'uomo). (Be sure to distinguish between the letters "l" and "i". This font makes the capital I (i) look the same as the lower case l (L). VERY confusing!!!
I mix between I and Gli.. haven't we used gli with uomini (plural of uomo)? I thought gli to be used with plural masculine! Or maybe it has something to do with vowels?
In the plural (ie more than one)...
i is used with masculine words beginning with most consonants:
i negozi=the shops i vini=the wines
gli with masculine words beginning with a vowel or with z or s + consonant:
gli uffici=the offices gli alberghi=the hotels
I'm confused, why does the sentence start with an "i" rather than "il" or even "L?"
Is the article always required even when in English "the" has been omitted?
Okay, I knew about "la" (f), "il" (m), "l' " (m), "le" (f, plural), and "gli" (m, plural) but this program never taught me "I" (i). When and why is it used, and is it male or female? If it is gendered, is there another one I'm missing?
In English the definite article has only one form while in Italian it has different forms according to the gender, number (plural or not) and the first letter of the noun it precedes (like masculine nouns beginning with s and z). So if your masculine noun doesn't begin with s or z and is plural like ragazzi (boys) you use the plural i.
"l'aqua"= the water
"aqua" = water
This question ommited "the" in the English translation unfortunately. When speaking or writing it can be subjective if an article like "the" is used, but this translation technically missed it.
The article is optional at the beginning of the sentence in Italian. Anyone will say "Ragazzi bevono l'acqua", most people won't use I ragazzi.
Singular masculine articles are il, l' and lo. You use il mostly with words beginning with consonants. I' is used with words beginning with a vowel and generally use lo with words begin with s and z. Plural masculine articles are i and gli. Just remember it this way: il - i, l' - gli and lo - gli. So il ragazzo (singular) becomes i ragazzi (plural). Why ragazzi? Remember this as well, generally: any singular words end with 'o', replace it with 'i' for plural. Any words end with 'e', replace it with 'i' and any words end with 'a' replace it with 'e'.
Example: Masculine il ragazzo - i ragazzi Il padre - i padri lo spagnolo - gli spagnoli lo zio - gli zii l'amico - gli amici I'ombrello - gli ombrelli
What is the difference between "i" and "gli"? What are the Italian articles, please explain?
Can someone help me out. I get confused with beve, bevono, etc. I also know fluent spanish so if you relate it to that as well that would be great thank you :)
Click on the verb you will get an option to see its conjugaison, it goes like Io bevo, tu bevi, lei beve, noi beviamo, voi bevete , loro bevono.
You can always check on line, like here http://conjit.cactus2000.de/showverb.en.php?verb=bevere
Thanks RanaSalah! I couldn't work this out! I: plural masculine starting with consonants except for Z or S. Gli: plural masculine starting with vowels, Z or S.
So im trying to find a website that helps break words down so i can actually look at all the endings and what the whole word means with the ending...any help would be great! Hope that made sense.
If we have a sentence without "the" to translate, then i dont include the "l'" before acqua. This has been true for most sentences, but i feel thid is a mistake. If the word isnt there how can we translate correctly?!
Why is there an I before ragazzi? Wouldnt it be il? Or l'ragazzi? And whats the difference between beve, bevene, bevono, and more.