"The women drink."
Translation:Le donne bevono.
Verbs don't change according to gender... or better, only the past participle does, and not in all the cases.
"Le donne bevono" "Gli uomini bevono"
"Le donne hanno bevuto." "Gli uomini hanno bevuto"
if the auxiliary verb is "ESSERE" the past participle changes.
"Le donne sono andate a votare."
"Gli uomini sono andati a votare."
I hope it helps, please ask if it wasn't clear enough. :)
Since "Le donne" means "the women," it is plural. If we were to replace "the women" with a pronoun, it would be the third-person plural pronoun "they," or "loro," as you mentioned. But here we don't want to just say "they," we want to specifically say "the women."
Just like in English we don't need to say "The women they drink," we can just say "the women drink." In Italian you can say "Le donne bevono."
Because women are plural and we are talking about them in the third-person, we can use the "they" conjugation of the verb, but don't have to use the pronoun.
I hope this helps, it has been quite a few years since I studied Italian!
I am an adult student and it would really be helpful if there was a list somewhere with the PRESENT TENSE conjugations of the verbs. e.g. Io bevo, tu bevi, lei/lui beve, voi bevete, loro bevono, noi beviamo.
Does anything like that exist. It sure would speed my learning if I could learn those first of all.
That feature used to exist on Duolingo. Then it was taken away with "improvements" to the site. If we were studying the present tense of a verb, for instance, and we clicked on the verb in the exercise, we would see the complete present tense conjugation for that verb. I wish they would add it back.