"È una buona domanda."

Translation:It is a good question.

February 24, 2013

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The tips of this lesson said when we are using the adjective "buona" before a noun, we have to cut the end "a" and said ex: Buon cane So why isn't it "buon domanda"?


I'm not sure what the tips say, because they're different between the website and the apps and I'm not even sure what unit this appeared in, but the actual "rule" is that "buono" behaves like "uno":

  • uno stato -> un buono stato
  • un uomo -> un buon uomo
  • un cane -> un buon cane

While the feminine "buona" is never elided in modern Italian, except in some old locutions:

  • una casa -> una buona casa
  • un'ora -> una buona ora BUT "alla buon'ora"


Why isn't this "E una domanda buona?" Does anyone have a reference for when the adjective goes before/after the noun?


This link has some info: http://www.italyworldclub.com/learn-italian/course/grammar/adjectives.htm Unfortunately the list of adjectives changing meaning with position isn't complete: for instance "un alto ufficiale" is a high official, "un ufficiale alto" a tall official.


So those adjectives that can be placed on either side of the noun precede it when used figuratively, and follow it when used literally, e.g. un uomo grande = a big man whereas un grand'uomo = a great man


Yes, omg, I was trying to think about some explanation for that since it occurs in my own language, yours was perfect


Thanks for the link -- a portal for some grammar and lots of other interesting things!


That is a good question...


The hints said "buon" before the noun e.g. "buon cane".


Is brava only used for "good" when it refers to people and buona when it refers to non-people?


The mobile version's tips clearly says that when buono comes BEFORE the noun it drops the o. Isn't it the same for buona; it will drop the a???


Could you also say "buona domanda" like how in English you would just say "good question" ?


About half of the things I'm getting in the adjectives are about answers/questions


Teachers way of saying: "Sorry, I have no idea what the answer is."


"Spiacente, non so la risposta."


È una buona domanda con una buona risposta

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