"Una scimmia mangia una banana."
Translation:A monkey eats a banana.
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In two different classes I've been taught two different things. In one I was taught that when you don't know the gender, you always use the masculine form, but if you do know the gender you use the feminine form. So if you have a female cat, known to be female, it would be la gatta. But if you don't know, it's still il gatto.
In the other class I was told you always use the standard form, so even if the cat is female it would still be il gatto.
Both of these teachers were native Italians, so I don't know if there are regional variations or what?
you could say 'lui mangia' or simply 'mangia'. because the verbs in Italian change depending on who is performing the action, by saying 'mangia' it is clear that you are talking about he/she/it.
present simple and present progressive in English is essentially the same thing in Italian. so 'he eats' and 'he is eating' are both 'Lui mangia' /'mangia'.
The microphone option hasn't been working for me today, rather frustratingly. It worked perfectly yesterday. I do everything as told, click the microphone symbol and say what's asked; perfectly correctly, besides. Alas, the correction tells me that I was wrong without even bothering to let me finish. Have tried keeping the icon down throughout, clicking it before, clicking it after, and, of course, my microphone is perfectly authorised for use by Duolingo... ??