"What do the men drink?"
Translation:Cosa bevono gli uomini?
quale - singular – which
quali – plural - which
cosa – what
che - what
che cosa - what
NOTE: You can't just use the different variants of "what" randomly! Keep reading!
When "what" is followed by a verb in Italian, then we are using an interrogative pronoun. In this case, you can use Che, Cosa, and Che cosa interchangeably for "what" in the sentence.
When "what" is followed by a noun in Italian, then we are using an interrogative adjective. In this case, you should only use Che and Quale.
You use Quale when you want to be more specific, for example:
che bevi (what are you drinking)
quale bevi (which one of these drinks are yours)
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.
... 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
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?"
"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