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"Loro sono uomini."

Translation:They are men.

March 17, 2013



Why the plural of "uomo" is "uomini" not just "uomi"? Is it another rule which is not mentioned here or it's just an exception?


It comes from Latin! Homo in Latin means human, and the plural is homin-es. Long live Latin!


It will live long. Along with Greek, it is both in science and our modern English today.


wow you take a lot of languages


Most languages have some kind of root in latin, especially european languages :)


Principally the 23 Romance (Roman) Languages

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      Latino vive means latin lives in spanish


      You're right, but if it was "uomi" isn't that eggs?


      Oscar, "eggs" is "uovi". ("uovo" being the singular).


      uova( Uovo masculine singular, this is one of those exceptions to the general rules.)

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          Its hailarious how the word "uomini" sounds like the word "wo-men" in english xD


          Not to me. It sounds like hominy.


          Sounded like "vomini" for me.


          It is an exception.


          And, wheb spoken, it sounds like uomi


          I agree my italian teacher always tells us its uomi


          That pronunciation was terrible.


          The n is not sounded on the audio. Pronunciation did nkt accept my audio without the "n" sound. With the "n" spoken in "uamini" it accepted it. Again, the same problem in French. Great Duo program but 0 reliable audio.


          The n is not unspoken, its just very soft. When you speak italian some letters might not be pronounced because if you are fluent you tend to go a little fast not spell them perfectly. But i swear to you that i have never prnounced uomini without an n on purpose


          True, its because its a recordes voice. Listen to the google one


          Couldn't "loro" also be the polite form for "you" (plural)? If so, Duolingo should pass this translation as correct...


          you're absolutely right, but I guess noone uses formal language just to say that someone is men ;) so from the context you can read that it has to be "they"


          Sense and context fly out the window with 'they write in the sugar' imo


          Io sono... Loro sono..?! The verb is right the same declination


          How can "Io sono" (I am) and "Loro sono" (They are) be the same conjugation?


          The same way "You are" and "they are" and "we are" can.


          If you add a subject (but remove the pronoun) you may be able to find out what the pronoun is in translation, for example: "Sono uomini." Since "uomini" is plural for "uomo" (man) you can tell it's in the third-person plural form ("We are men" would be "Noi siamo uomini").


          "Uomini" isn't the subject, but rather the predicate of the above-mentioned sentence. Linguistically, "Io" (first person, singular) and "loro" (third person, plural) should not share the same form of the verb "to be" "sono."

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            NancyWilder.... Why not? (ist person singular and third person plural share the same form) I really don't follow your argument. Just because in English the first person singular and third person plural of the verb 'to be' are different I don't see that it follows that this 'should not' be the case and is 'linguistically wrong' in Italian! Surely you aren't suggesting Italians speak their own language incorrectly??! English conjugates the verb 'to be' with all plural forms the same in the present tense and different in the singular, in the past tense of course English does it similarly, I and he/she/it was, and all the rest 'were' (unless you count the archaic forms of the second person singular thou art and thou wast) However, in Welsh for example, first and third person plural for to be are the same in the present - rydyn, the rest are all different - (rydw i, rydwyt ti, mae e/hi, rydyn ni rydych chi, rydyn nhw) ie ni (we) and nhw (they) share the same form of the verb but not 'you' (unlike english) are you going to tell me welsh is linguistically wrong to share that form of the verb too? It's also only true for the verb 'to be' in English, for example I eat, swim, fall AND they eat, swim fall etc Same in the past, every person 'went': same form of the verb 'to go' for all pronouns. (Welsh is all different, save for 1st and 3rd person plurals)


            how do i know when to use sono and when to use siamo?


            You need to conjugate the verb according to the subject: http://italian.about.com/library/verb/blverb_essere.htm


            Extremely helpful, thanks :-).


            It was very useful thank you


            I am = io sono ...... they are - loro sono ...... we are = noi siamo


            From my perspective, you should use siamo when it comes after Noi and use sono when Loro. "Noi siamo" "Loro sono."


            Iosono/Lorosono but noisiamo.


            Io and Loro(first and third person singular and plural respectively) sono, noi siamo*.


            Why not gli uomini??? I thought the article is obligatory


            "Loro sono gli uomini" would mean "they are the men." Here, "uomini" is the predicate of the sentence (the sentence only indicates that they are men), following the copula "sono," so the article is optional, depending on whether or not the specification is intended.


            Is there a specific reason why uomo turns into uomini but donna not into "donni" or so, but donne with an e?


            So no means am then why loro sono uomini?


            Why does this not mean They are Human Beings?


            That would be Loro sono esseri umani.


            It could be the case, but "loro sono essere umani" is more apropriate and more used than uomini.


            In romanian we say: om (singular) - oameni (plural)


            what's the different between "sono" & "siamo?


            Sono es son (they are) y siamos es somos (we are)


            why's "loro" sentences here in possess? they dont show example of something belong to 'them'.. or i didn't get this right?


            Loro is a pronoun. It's not possessive. They are just the subject of the sentence.


            The lesson is called Possessives and this sentence is in that lesson. I think that is what he meant.


            Why not siamo and sono?


            siamo is used for "we are" (noi siamo) ...... sono is used for "I am" and "they are" (io sono, loro sono)


            When I can know that I should for example say "io sono" and not "Io sono" I want to understand when I should make it a capital letter and why...


            It'Same thing, unless you mean io and Lo. -- io means I, and Lo means the (if word after is)>> masculine, singlular, begins with s+consonant, or z


            What is the diffrence between siamo and sono ??


            Siamo means "we are" (Noi siamo). Sono has two meanings:

            The first is "I am" (Io sono), the second is "They are" (Loro sono).

            There's also something in Italian called formality and informality, which utilizes "sono" a little, but I wouldn't worry about that right now.


            Why can't you say lori siamo uomini? I thought siamo was "are" but I think I am getting confused..


            Becouse: Io sono - I am Tu sei - You are Egli e (with accent) - he/she/it is Noi siamo - We are Voi siete - You are Loro sono - They are That's the same reason, why Italians can't say in English "They am". In English you have "are" for 3 persons, but in Italian "siamo" is only for one person - first plural


            How should I know it's they are men not they are people as there are no articles to indicate gender?


            Because the word uomini means men.


            The best translation for "people" is "gente".

            I don't get what's your problem in not having articles in this sentence, could you please specify better your problem?


            One can also use "la persona" - "le persone". And though the word itself is a feminine, it can refer to both men and women, just like "a person" would.

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