It's like in english if I said "It is their dog", you wouldn't know unless I referred to the person by gender previously.
possessive adjectives have a form that follows the object possessed (not the possessor) il cane e masculine and its not referred to possessor
Could some please explain why it couldn't be "It is his dog". What part of "E il suo cane" makes it her dog?
why "it is your dog" is also correct? if it is "you formal" the sentence should be "È il Suo (not suo) cane", right? (english isn't my native language too so, I don't know if I'm 100% right...)
You are right - if it's the formal you, the suo should have been capitalised (Suo).
Must be a mistake
My workbook says capitalization of Lei is optional but they use it to help us learn. The same probably applies to Suo.
I thought that 'il suo' means his, why does duolingo say it is 'her' :S
I learned the hard way, that "il suo" or "la sua" depends not on the gender of the person, but of the item in question.
Because "forchetta" is feminine. We say: "La forchetta è la sua" whether its a boys, or a girls fork.
First time I went through this section, I thought I was getting it, but here we are on round 3 and I think I'm finally starting to understand.
Why can I not say, "He is his dog"? Can I not ascribe dogs animacy by listing their gender?
Same! I think it's not right. In a real conversation i guess, like in french and else, it is accepted.
How do i know it is "her" dog? I see others have asked the same question. This is a so so program. Honestly there are some silly words being used. But i guess that's what you get for nothing
I would think, like in English, that cane (dog) is a generic term for a canine. Dog is technically the word for a male and is why we in the "dog world" always refer to females as bitches; it leave no doubt as to which we are referring to. Comes in very handy when planning breedings! :-)
What is the difference between "suo" and "tuo"? Is "suo" used when reffering to women and "tuo" when reffering to men?
Tuo means your (masculine singular) Suo means his/her/its ( masculine singular) Example: Il tuo cavallo or Your horse ( Cavallo is a masculine word and is singular so you use tuo. Example: Il suo cavallo or His/her/its horse.
Is it me or is anyone else having trouble understanding the person speaking? I keep mistaking sua and suo and it also sounds like she’s saying nella instead of nel. Even when I listen to the slow version. I sometimes have problems with the voice on the app, but it’s way worse on the website.
My hearing must be off. I thought I heard "È il suo carne" which I think is valid.
I think Duolingo should add an option where you can choose a word "his/her/its"
Could suo in this sentence not mean his, her or your formal. No context can't tell?
If all posessives must must be the same as the noun, how come this is not 'il sue cane'?
A female dog is called "cagna"; but since it also has the same meaning as the English word for a female dog, it's often ungenderized, unless it's diminished as in "cagnolina". Besides a few, most animals aren't grammatically recognized their own gender after all: a female elk is "un alce femmina", a male reindeer is "la renna maschio", so a female dog can be "un cane femmina".
informal - e' il tuo cane
formal - e' il Suo cane
Note the use of the capital letter on Suo when used for the formal "you". (There is no difference in pronunciation between suo and Suo though).