"Her dog drinks water."

Translation:Il suo cane beve l'acqua.

March 16, 2013

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I just don't understand how the gender of the dog's owner can be known here. If "suo" has to agree with "cane", then what word determines the owner's gender? I'm having a hard time following the logic of the sua/suo usages.


I saw a website that had an article named "La casa di lui e la casa di lei" (his house and her house) so I guess you can use that to specify the owner's gender.


Does "di" mean of (The house of him, the house of her)?


I have the same question - does the sentence indicate the gender of the owner? If so, how?


Okay, so after looking at this further my understanding is that "Il suo cane beve acqua" could also be translated as "His dog drinks water", or "It's dog drinks water" - the gender of the owner is not specified. Is that correct?


Correct. Also, their dog drinks water. It cannot be a female dog, though.


Wouldn't this be "La sua cane beve acqua." ? To me, Il suo cane beve acqua means, his dog drinks water. Or would La sua only apply if cane was for instance, farfalla or formica?


We haven't even seen the word 'cagna' before


"Suo" refers to "cane", not to its owner.


I think there wrong with this one I found a web site that says different than what we are being taught here ( Il SUO Masculine and Singular ) ( LA SUA Feminine and Singular) ( I SUOI Masculine and Plural ) ( LE SUE Feminine and Plural I am sure there are rules that apply to this that we have not been shown yet.


Can I use "Suo cane" instead of "Il suo cane"?


Yes you can, but Italian speakers will usually put the "il" at the beginning of the sentence.


What is cagna? that was given as a suggested answer, but i've never come across that word. La sua cagna beve acqua I was just curious


translation for cagna is female dog, bitch.


Apparently people aren't mature enough to handle the use of that word in it's original connotation. I apologize on behalf of english speakers.


can suo be feminine?


what is suo , sua , sue ????? please interpretate this please i dont understand


The words "suo", "sua", "suoi" and "sue" all mean his/her/their. The difference is, instead of referencing the "owner" (male, female, singular or plural), they reference the "owned" thing.


Suo fratello: His/her/their brother. Sua sorella: His/her/their sister. Suoi fratelli: His/her/their brothers. Sue sorelle: His/her/their sisters.

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