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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LoicKho

"Are you at the restaurant?"

March 2, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/julvera

Can you say: Sei nel ristorante?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/valgal9217

There are two kinds of being verbs in Italian, and they refer to differ types of being: one being more permanent (the sei) and other having to do with less permanent things (the stai). A place of origin (I am from...) would use sei, while temporary location (I am at such and such a place right now) would use stai.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/italikaren

good question...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheGandalf

What? "al" means "at the"? They never told me that... Good thing it was multiple-choice.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iryna_Dahmen

Why not "Sei tu al ristorante"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaxRebo

I'm not 100% sure, but I think that would translate to "Is that you at the restaurant?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paulo.Marini

Because this is the english way to formulate a question. In Italian or portuguese we don't change the phrase only the intonation of it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbbyLynn12

That's not entirely true. In most questions in Italian the pronoun does move to the end of the phrase. So it would be "Sei al ristorante tu?" But only if you wanted to emphasize you. As in, "are YOU at the restaurant?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/macr0s

"Sei al ristorante?" is the way you'd say this in italy


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bmpietras

Isn't it also correct to say "Tu c'e nel ristorante?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zzzzz...

Hmmm... I think "c'รจ.." means "there is...", so it does not really work here. I have been known to make mistakes though.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kenzoxiv

I put Sei nello ristorante? Why is that wrong?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bati1997

Why not "Sei nel ristorante"?

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