This is one of those sentences that you can translate from english to italian word by word, it is grammatically correct and it makes even sense semantically speaking. But it sounds a bit weird and it is unlikely that you would ever hear it at least with the meaning it has in english.
While In college two students are dating regularly and after some time they decide to take their relationship more seriously. So, the woman tell the man "Let's call ourselves a couple!".
I thought I understood English reasonably well having been born and in England (60+) but I am puzzled why "Let us call etc" is considered the imperative rather than a request. Surely the imperative form would be "Call ourselves a couple". Is there such a thing as the polite imperative???
Is there such a thing as the polite imperative?
Yes, that what "let" is for. Here's the difference when we ask for something but only expect an affirmative response then it's imperative. Whether you say "WE GO!" (dominant) or "Let's go" it's still imperative.
I've never heard it phrased that way in American English, but that is not to say it wouldn't work in other English-speaking countries. However, the dictionaries I checked show 'coppia' as 'couple', and as 'pair' only for animals (also 'yoke'). So, we humans are a couple, but they are a pair, or yoke, of oxen. The fact is, Duo is not going to be able to satisfy everyone in the English-speaking world with their translations. However, the objective of this course is to learn Italian. As long as we have a fairly good idea of what words we need to use to get the idea across, perfection in any language is unobtainable but for a few. In the USA, there are many people of all ages who don't speak English properly, but they are [usually] understood.
my educated Italian wife tells me that this phrase would never be heard in Italy. Also, as with Flysalot below, a fair translation would be we call ourselves a couple. Dear old DL....
Like Richard754173 I've never heard the phrase "Let's call ourselves a couple." used in American English. If a teacher or boss ask you to pair up for a project we use "partners." But for 2 people dating one might say, "Let's be exclusive" or, "Let's go together." So, Native Italian speakers, is this an Italian idiom for two people dating who want to be exclusive? Nov 12, 2021