"Where do you live?"
Yes, it is. Similar to French, (my second language, learnt traditionally) where "habiter" means "to live/inhabit/dwell” and “les habites" which generally just means clothes or an outfit. I find it very strange and would like to know why on earth this of all words have two such different double meanings, but there it is.
According to my Italian friend, "abito/abiti" is used for any piece/set of clothing with a set purpose -- they don't subdivide clothing as much as in English. As such, work uniform, decorating clothes, and even clubbing dress would all fall under abito on occasions when what it is doesn't matter.
English uses live both for talking being alive and for I inhabit this building. Italian distinguishes between these two meanings. abitare = live in the sense of inhabit. vivere = live in the sense of alive. Where do you live is best translated with abitare because it's about location - the inhabit meaning rather than the alive meaning.
I used vivi and it was considered also correct. Even though most Italian is the Tuscan dialect that we learn, I would imagine that it may be a use of another dialect or word, I could be totally wrong but I think there is something close a dialect or 2 for every state in Italy.
The verb "abitare" means to live or to inhabit. "Abiti" also means "suits" which we did in fact learn in the clothing section. You have to figure this stuff out from the context altho the context in this exercise was somewhat lacking. I also almost checked "Dove vai" as that means "where are you from?" As someone in another forum discussion said: I keep a dictionary open all the time.
I got the multiple choice answers: 1. Dove rimanete? 2. Dove abita? 3. Dove stivali?
I thought, "shouldn't it be abiti?" Since 1 and 3 were clearly wrong, I chose 2, and it was marked correct. When I got here, the right answer is listed at "Dove abiti?" So, I think DL has a problem on this lesson. When I tried to report it, I only have one option, which doesn't apply--saying the English is incorrect. Oh well...?