"The cats" doesn't have any gender information, therefore it can be translated as "the female cats" (le gatte) and "the male cats" (i gatti).
But what is the difference in the pronunciation between gatti and gatte? I mean in case if there was no definite article it will be difficult to differentiate just by listening
Grazie Marziotta, it is pretty clear to me now, gatte is pronounced more lightly than gatti, as if it was gatteh, while gatti I have to emphasize on the ending like gatty, again thanks a lot and have a wonderful day :-)
but cat is a masculin noun, no? like in french... le masculin l'emporte....en grammaire
Thanks was confused about this as well....italian seems to be a gender language lol
How come you use just acqua and not l'acqua? From my understanding in Duolingo, you almost always use articles.
L'acqua means "the water" where as acqua alone just means "water", the l there is a contraction of la since acqua starts with a vowel
Not quite. L'acqua can mean 'water' in general (as it has been used reguarly up to this point in the Italian lessons) whereas 'acqua' alone means an unspecified amount of water. Both can be translated simply to 'water' in English.
It seems like every other time acqua is never seen without the article, regardless of the literal translation. Is this just completely arbitrary?
If you did not know the gender of thr cats would you use the masculine version gatti?
Does anyone have trouble with speaking in the mic? I can pretty much say anything and it will be correct!
Because 'gatte' is feminine, so it requires the feminine 'le'. If it were 'gatti', then tyou would have been right and the article would have been 'i'.
le is the feminine plural, and i is the masculine plural... so, in this case, the cats are female
The translation of
The cats, they drink water
Le gatte, loro bevono acqua. - I gatti, loro bevono acqua.
None of the versions sound natural to me.
This all supposes that you know the gender, comming across cats how are you to know their gender. What do you say.
accidently translated it using google and got The spouse they drink water.