"Sono la nona al bar."

Translation:I am ninth at the bar.

March 5, 2013



Not really sure what this sentence is supposed to describe ...Am I the ninth person to arrive at the bar? Am I on the ninth stool at the bar? A ballerina arriving late to class? An attorney at court? "I am ninth at the bar" is an odd construct.

April 16, 2013


in Italian '' bar'' is also used as coffee shop , therefore I think it is referring to a line at a coffee shop '

September 28, 2013


I would think that only your first suggestion is correct. Il bar describes only the enitre place, I think, and not the actual table in front of the bartender. Also the "bar" at which a ballerina practices (coincidentally the same English word) is definitely not "il bar" in Italian. I think it's just one of these Duolingo sentences that help us practise our vocabulary, but end up being a little odd.

April 20, 2013


FWIW, the "bar" at which a ballerina practices is spelled "barre".

March 2, 2015


9th place at last call...?! ;-)

March 12, 2016


ops... ho scritto "sono la nonna al bar" povera la nonna che non va al bar...

January 8, 2014


brava nonna!

December 12, 2014


In Italia ci sono molte nonne che vanno al bar perché il bar è in primo luogo un posto per bere del caffè. :)

February 6, 2019


Don't confuse with:

  • "I am the grandmother at the bar."


May 18, 2015


I was about to put that but then I looked at the sentence closer and realized

September 7, 2016


I didn't. Maybe because I am usually the grandmother at the bar.

November 23, 2016


I am always first at the bar

July 19, 2013


I'm always the last one standing

December 13, 2014


This is the Duolingo bar and it is open so that you may drown your sorrows at the Duolingo hearts you've lost!!

June 29, 2014


"I am the grandmother at the bar" > I am not a smart woman

August 12, 2014


I tried I am the grandmother at the bar but realized that nonna has two n's. Oops. Besides, the fact that this is a unit on numbers should have given me a clue

October 12, 2014


Glad I wasn't the only one to give that translation ;-D

November 4, 2018


Why isn't this "they are" instead of "I am"? I assume I just missed something that inidicates 1st person signular as opposed to 3rd person plural. Would "nona" be a differnent form?

December 18, 2013


'ninth' does vary with gender and number of the noun, so it could very well be none if it was a 'they' sono rather than a 'I' sono

January 4, 2014


I'm still not sure about this, but I think you are right. According to the following link one can read, "Since Italian ordinal numbers function as adjectives, they must agree in gender and number with the nouns they modify: primo, prima, primi, prime." http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare134b.htm

November 29, 2015


I was not sure myself, so I looked into it. Ordinals do vary. I think 'they are ninth' = 'sono noni/none'

Copied from WR:

Forme flesse di 'nono' (n): pl: noni

Forme flesse di 'nono' (adj): f: nona, mpl: noni, fpl: none

February 28, 2015


yes, "la" indicates it is only one person and feminine.

I am ninth at the bar = Sono la nona / il nono al bar (depending on gender)

They are ninth at the bar = Sono le none / i noni al bar (depending on gender)

April 20, 2019


Why is it "nona" and not "nono?"

January 15, 2014


Because the person is a female. If the person was male the sentence would go like this: "Sono il nono al bar."

April 13, 2014


Is that true for all of the ordinal adjectives from 1 to 10?

January 8, 2015


Did anyone else think it said "dar" instead of "bar"? Lucky it only labelled it as a spelling mistake ahaha

October 12, 2014


Anyone else see nona and (for some reason) immediately assume the sentence means "I am the nun at the bar?"

... just me? Okay.

March 10, 2017


Adding to the discussion about "They are" vs "I am" - I tried google translating "They are the ninth at the bar" and it still came back as "Sono nono al bar" so I think it should be accepted. Any comments?

September 11, 2015


According to Ariaflame's earlier comment, it could be "Sono none al bar" for "They are ninth at the bar".

November 29, 2015


Or noni if they are a mixed or all male group. Sono le none or sono i noni

And google translate is not the ultimate arbiter of grammar.

December 4, 2015


Thank you, Ariaflame, for your helpful comments, it can be understood now.

September 3, 2018


"I am at the ninth bar." I'm not quite sure how I came up with that one.

January 25, 2016


That's actually a pretty good translation after nine bars - or did you just drink milk? ;-)

September 17, 2016


LOL With the way I am, definitely would just be drinking milk, I am obsessed with white milk. :P

September 17, 2016


Or maybe I am referring to a piece of music. ;)

September 17, 2016


+1 I didn't see that one coming.

So let's sum up: You were chewing your ninth Milky Way bar while playing the ninth bar of Beethoven's 9th at the ninth bar's piano. (Who wants to translate that into Italian?)

September 17, 2016


I do play piano after all! xD

September 17, 2016


pls. somebody tell me what is the reason for the "la" to be present in the sentance. Is it just an idiom?

September 6, 2016


"La nona" means "The ninth". Although "The" is not in the English sentence, it is the norm in Italian.

September 6, 2016


Many thanks! I just forgot the author of the text is a femail ...

September 8, 2016


Am i missing something or are these type of questions a 50% gamble guessing whether it will be 'at' or 'to' the bar?

March 5, 2013


I don't think it's a gamble, you will know from the verb that's going with it:
vado al bar = I go to the bar,
sono al bar = I am at the bar.
Did that help with your question?

March 12, 2013


I cannot see the other sentences, if you make some examples I can try to help you. :)

March 5, 2013


If the bar is a cafe bar, then 'I am the ninth in the bar' should also be correct. I would only use 'at the bar' in a pub situation. In a coffee shop I would call it the counter.

May 11, 2014


I still can't figure it out when the al, di etc take the article and when not

November 29, 2015


Even speaking in Italian wouldn't it be logical to say that " I am ninth in line at the bar"?

May 26, 2016


DL! Try to make some useful sentences. There must be more useful examples to learn from!

October 24, 2016


I read this as 'I am the Grandma at the bar'.

March 22, 2017


I am the bar's grandma

April 5, 2017


I thought Nonna is a grandmother. Is this a homonym?

June 30, 2017


is 'café' a typo?

August 15, 2017


For what? I don't see café anywhere, but café is used even in English for a place that sells coffee among other things.

August 16, 2017


i've translated in english like "I am ninth in the café". my answer was accepted, but it said i made a typo and the correct answer was "I am ninth in the cafe". this is why i'm asking actually..

August 16, 2017


grandmother status at the bar...way to go duolingo! lol odd setence from the universe of possibilites.....

October 28, 2017


Why can't it be They are ninth at the bar???????

August 21, 2018


The 9th changes form/ending to match the subject. So they are 9th = Sono i noni / Sono le none

...unlike 9 which stays as nove (i think. lol...)

September 14, 2018


Sometimes you leave out a small word, like 'the' - as in this case.

October 12, 2018


Dl wouldn't except coffee shop!

December 12, 2018


Why "nona" instead of "nono?"

March 1, 2019


La nona because it is a woman saying she's 9th at the bar. I'm pretty sure I've seen chicks at a bar before; it can happen. ;-)

But seriously... If it was a male saying this statement, it would be 'il nono'. The 9th in this statement changes to match the gender and number of the subject.

March 1, 2019


What about I am the grandmother at the bar?

November 26, 2018


That would be nonna

November 26, 2018


That's not correct. It's nineth, not ninth!

December 7, 2017


You're kidding, right?

December 7, 2017
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