"What do the men drink?"

Translation:Cosa bevono gli uomini?

March 4, 2013



When do you use Quale or Cosa? Doesn't both words mean 'What'?

November 14, 2013


I see it like this: Quale is more for comparisons as which.

November 25, 2013


Quale is more which, cosa is more what xD

January 15, 2014


When do you use 'che' before cosa? Does it just emphasize something or is it grammatically required...?

July 2, 2014


It just emphazise, is not required but we always add "che" before cosa P.s.cosa means also thing, in this case don't add che

October 27, 2014


Is it correct for the context for me to say "Cosa gli uomini bevono?"?

January 15, 2014


No, technically that order says "What the men drink."

February 12, 2014


I typed "Cosa gli uomini bevono" and it said I was correct

July 24, 2018


Yeah, but it does have a question mark in the end so it's a question anyway, isnt it?

February 13, 2014


why cosa instead of cose?

December 1, 2013


I'm pretty sure "cosa" used this way is short for "che cosa" (what thing)--so that's why it would be singular--even if what you're asking about is actually plural (multiple guys, multiple beverages). I think you can also just use "che" by itself without "cosa". So it's really 3 variations [che cosa/cosa/che] of the same form.

March 18, 2014


Cos'è is a shortening rule for what and is. Basically you can't have two like vowels following eachother in separate words. So Cosa è becomes cos'è. As for cose if it is a proper conjugation it would only be used in female plural.

February 25, 2014


Cose doesn't really work in questions. I've only ever used it as a translation for "things".

December 24, 2013


What the structure for making questions in italian? What is the order of the words?

January 22, 2014


It all depends on context, like in English, but differs in execution in many areas. We are sooner reminded that Italian is a much older language, with deep roots to Latin, one of English's mother word donors, than of English itself.

February 12, 2014


So, in all italian phrases the verb comes first?

June 21, 2014


I put che cosa fare... Why do I not have to include fare? Is it implied?

November 19, 2013


Indeed, it is already implied. That's completely different question.

November 25, 2013


Remind me again of the dofference between bevette and bevono...

August 3, 2014


Bevete is for you all in plural and bevono is for they .. reinforce the languaje

August 17, 2014


Gli uomini vs L'uomini? Please explain the difference thanks

November 8, 2014


The article gli is used in front of certain nouns, I believe masculine plural nouns (I don't think for feminine plural, but I am not positive.) starting with vowels. Gli uomini. Gli elefanti. L' is used for singular nouns beginning with vowels. L'uomo. L'uva. L'ouva.

July 13, 2018


Gli uomini- The men L'uomini- The man

June 16, 2018


Why cosa not cos' e?

July 6, 2018


Why cosa and not cose, cos'e or cosi

October 21, 2018


Isn't this asking "What the men drink? " without the "do"? Because when I tap on the "do" it says "fare" but that's not in the sentence.

February 21, 2019


qualle l'uomini bevete - i thought that was close?

March 4, 2013


... not close, sorry.

"Quale" is mispelled, it has only one L

I think that you can translate "what" into "quale" when it means "Which one". Don't take it as a rule that works always, but it could help at the beginning.

The article before "uomini" is "gli"... in front of plural masculine nouns beginning with vowels, you always "gli" as article.

"Bevete" is for plural you, "bevono" is for "they"

Here the conjugation of BERE - io bevo - tu bevi - lui/lei beve - noi beviamo - voi bevete - loro bevono

March 4, 2013


Light bulb moment. Now it makes sense. Thanks!

January 16, 2014


Very good explained

February 12, 2019


thank you. you explained very good i understood very well.

March 30, 2019


Here is how I came up with the right answer:

Io bevo = I drink

Tu bevi = You drink


Loro bevono = They drink

So I decided it must be "bevono" since "the men" can be changed to "they".

The text says "...the men...", which means that l'uomo needs to be converted to plural which becomes "gli uomini".

Therefore I wrote: "Cosa bevono gli uomini?"

October 12, 2013


Why is it "gli"? What does it exactly means?

September 24, 2014


"Gli" is masculine plural and is used when the word starts with a vowel or "st" -the men = gli uomini -the boots = gli stivali "La" is feminine singular -the woman = la donna "Le" is feminine plural -the women = le donne "Il" is masculine singular -the cookie = il biscotto "I" is masculine plural for most other words -the cookies = i biscotti

June 25, 2018
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