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"The dog drinks his water."

March 6, 2013

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Recently, I translated "propria" without the own. I wrote something like "The boy eats his .." and I was corrected "The boy eats his own ...". Now it is wrong if I translate "his water" only with "la sua acqua" - which one is correct?

March 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/marziotta

I didn't get your question, since I don't see all the other sentences and I am not taking that often the tests in Italian (even if I tried... to see how it was).

Anyway, I would translate "his water" into "la sua acqua" and "his own water" into "la propria acqua".

Here, since the dog usually should have "it" as pronoun, could even be stealing the water to somebody. :D

I link you here something regarding "proprio" to translate "his/her/its own"...

http://www.arnix.it/free-italian/italian-grammar/possessive-adjectives-in-italian.php

March 6, 2013

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My problem is the following: Sometimes the translation of "proprio" is translated to "his own", sometimes it is translated to "his". But is not consistent with the use of the term. To get back to my example, I had the sentence "The dog drinks his water" -> "il cane beve la sua acqua". But at another point in time with a similar sentence "The boy eats his [...]" -> il ragazzo mangia il suo [...]/il proprio [...]". I don't mind being wrong since that's a way to learn but I would like some consistency. Maybe I can find it with your link, thank you.

March 6, 2013

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The direct translation of "his thing" is "la sua cosa", "his own thing" is "la propria cosa"...

But, you know, translating is something borderline, and there are no precise translation, and the most of duo is updated because of suggestions of the users, therefore some changes are reflected on some sentences but not in some others.

March 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/zonkyo

That actually is a helpful comment ;-) So both is right but it is not everywhere implemented. The page helped me to understand a bit more, too, so thank you very much!

March 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/marziotta

Personally, I would always translate as I told you, but every single person has their own idea. That's why here there is no uniformity.

March 7, 2013
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