"My dog eats chicken."

Translation:Il mio cane mangia pollo.

March 5, 2013



Why is "Il mie cane" wrong?

October 23, 2013


"Mio" is the singular masculine possessive form where as "miei" is the plural masculine possessive form.

December 11, 2013


Basically, il mie does not exist in Italian. It is Il mio pollo, La mia cena, I miei Cavalli (do not confuse the capital letter i with the English equivelant) and Le mie cane. These are the four main ways to indicate and describe that an object or thing belongs to you in Italian.

Sidenote Sorry for reacting to this but I feel (as a language teacher myself) that Ellieb09's explanation was a little bit to technical and know from both science and experience that using metalanguage to explain language does not help people unless they have a profound knowledge of metalanguage first.

April 4, 2019


Do you always have to put "il" in front of the possessive words?

March 5, 2013


Let's say in 70% of the cases you must use it, and in 90% you can.

The good rule is to learn where NOT to put it.

"Mia madre" "Mio padre" and other family members. Like "Lo ho detto a mia madre."

(Notice that "la mia matrigna" is not considered a family member, and not even "il mio padrino")

March 5, 2013


Not always (il) because that depends on the noun's gender. But you always have to put an article with possessive words with some exceptions when talking about family members

June 22, 2018


would the plural for pollo be correct, too?

November 27, 2013


No, Duolingo does not allow "chicken" as plural even though it is commonly used in english. So the plural of "pollo" ("polli") would not be correct because "chicken" is singular.

February 1, 2014


I have never heard chicken used as a plural.

February 18, 2014


Well in the plurals lesson, they use the plural of pollo as polli

August 25, 2014


Nouns describing meat like pork, beef, chicken, turkey, fish are noncountable.
You can eat chicken or some chicken.

Singular or plural forms refer to animals:
a/the chicken and chickens/the chickens

January 16, 2019


Should this have accepted the plural polli? If it was singular wouldn't it be my dog eats a chicken? This sentence implies that the dog eats more than one chicken.

November 29, 2014


Mio for masculine, mia for feminine, so when do you use mie?

June 19, 2013


when the subject is plural and feminine

July 13, 2013


When talking about feminine plural

June 22, 2018


I have a problem of when to put "il" or "la" in front of a noun. Need explanation

June 12, 2014


Why do I need the article "il" here?

June 17, 2014


Where do you not use "il" in possessive form?

April 25, 2014


Could you indicate some text that explains when to use or not to use the articles?

May 8, 2014


Il is uncessary right?

October 21, 2018


How do you know to use "il mie", "il mio", "il mia", or "il miei"?

May 8, 2019
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