"I am in the newspapers."
Translation:Io sono sui giornali.
Yes, but it is different in English. "On the newspaper"would be on the front page, or something on the newspaper that is external to the newspaper. In the newspaper, would be printed inside the newspaper. So, are you telling me that both "sui" and "nei" are accepted by Duolingo for this translation of "in the"?
It is not exactly interchangeable. I would assume that "on the news" was on TV or a video broadcast and "in the news" is more often referring to a newspaper or news magazine. Still, I see your point. When we are simply, wondering where the information was from in a more vague manner as to whether it were fact or fiction, both refer to the news.
Maddening doesn't even begin to describe the feeling. I've been at this for 3 years on and off and I still can't get it. It might have something to do with the hints giving the wrong answers.
That whole 'you're learning even when you get it wrong' thing really isn't working.
here is a page on the word 'in' (English). https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in there are dozens of uses that would not be obvious to a non-native speaker. thinking about translation as 'literal' or one to one correspondence can be a trap. try not to take the translations of Italian words too literally. they are just as complex (especially prepositions) as those in any other language. 'su' can in context mean on, about, in, up, to, over, upon, at, for and others that don't come to mind.
Think of saying, in English, "I am on television" or "I am on the radio." Your comment of a literal translation is certainly true, but that's where trying to do a one-to-one translation can get a person in trouble. The tendency, mine included, is to think of one's native tongue as the 'ground truth' for all languages, and therefore to compare translations. This doesn't necessarily work well!
As of December 2016, DL accepts both I am in the news/"Io sono nei giornali" and I am on the news/"Io soon sui giornali." As to why the n-e-i form for in/"in," as far as I can tell, there is no preposition "nelli," nor "sulli." "In" becomes nel, nello, nell', nella, nei, negli, or nelle to conform to the noun that follows. Likewise, on/"su" becomes sul, sullo, sull', sulla, sui, sugli, or sulle. This is how I understand them. I hope this helps.
here is a web site that has a good layout and a lot of information on prepositions and other stuff
'sui' is a compound of the preposition 'su' (USUALLY means 'on') and the article 'i' (pl. masc. 'the')
If the pronoun is not included, you can usually decipher want pronoun is needed by context. Because of the lack of context in this case, it ultimately does not matter whether you use "I am" or "They are".
As I understand it, with Italian verbs the personal pronoun is understood. Hence 'io sono' is essentially the same as 'sono.' Italians will use the personal pronoun primarily for emphasis. But you wouldn't generally say 'I I am...' which is pretty much what 'Io sono' would mean. E.g., prendiamo = we take; it isn't really wrong to say noi prendiamo, but it isn't necessary because the verb gives you all the information about the personal pronoun.
@JohnWheatl6 You will find many examples where Italians appear to view certain common things slightly differently than English speakers. You put something in a plate. You are on the newspaper kinda like we say "I was on TV." Hunger is something you have not something you are. We usually correct them in translation. Do yourself a favor and give up hope of always getting a direct translation. It is an art as much as a skill. Note these little differences and move on. And rest assured, if you make a little mistake like this when speaking to an Italian, they will still understand you. I've found them quite forgiving and happy to help if given permission.
My pleasure! I find these little differences in how we picture things fascinating. I was just discussing, "Il gatto è sull'albero." and how it seems strange to an English speaker for a cat to be on a tree and not in one. To Italians hunger or fear is something you have not something you become or are. It's truly fascinating.
Take a look at this chart of Italian Prepositional Articles and see if it answers your question. http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare153a.htm