I don't know if this is smart or silly. I guess it's wise to not get locked into "abito = clothing" when it's also a very different verb.
what is wrong with "where are you living now?"? - seems to me that present progressive is a perfectly adequate rendition that has been accepted by duolingo in other contexts -
Technically, i guess, "living" would translate to the italian progressive "stai abitando" (i think). Your translation would be correct, the program is just nitpicking. But "where are you living now" worked for me, so i guess they fixed it!
thanks for the heads up on the fix - there are quite a few instances of duo marking the present progressive incorrect when it appears to be a perfectly apt translation -
Are ora and adesso the same? E.g. could I also say "Dove abiti adesso?" or would that be wrong?
Can someone explain "abiti" in this context? I really thought this questions was asking "where clothes now?" which of course did not make any sense!
"Abitare" is "to live". "Abiti" is the second person singular of the present indicative (ie. "abiti" is "you live").
Of course "abiti" is also "clothes", but in this context it would have no sense to an Italian speaker (I guess xD ).
I don't remember DL teaching me this. DL taught that vivere is "to live" and abiti is "suits/dresses".
Could the Italian translation also be "Dove voi vivete ora"? What is the difference in terms of meaning and Italian sentence usage between abiti and vivete
http://www.livinglanguage.com/community/discussion/531/when-does-one-use-abitare-and-vivere/p1 - It should be helpful.
In this section this has appeared previously and on that occasion I put 'Dove vivete ora' and it was marked as correct. I believe both abitare and vivere can be used in this case.
I didn't even know 'ora' meant now! I thought it had something to do with a clock!
Well a clock has to do with time and if you have the idioms and proverbs lesson, "Non vedo l'ora" means "I can't WAIT" so knowing those two things made it pretty reasonable for me to put now, but I can understand your confusion.
Also, "ora" in Italian can mean "hour" in English. "che ora è?" is literally "what hour is it?".
Actually, Italians rather say 'che ore sono?', but yes, it has quite lot of meanings
Duo also lists "time" as a meaning for "ora" because of the phrase, "What hour is it?", which is how Italians say "What time is it?".
"Dove" is "where."
"Dov'è" is "where is."
Maybe a way to distinguish between them if in doubt is turning the subject to a plural. If a "sono" sounds right there, it's "dov'è":
Dov'è la torta? :::: Dove sono le torte?
Dove abiti? ::::: Dove abitate?
Duolingo simply gives some dictionary meanings of each word, not a proper translation. Only the first hint is usually the correct one.
- abiti = clothes, plural of abito (dress, suit)
- abiti = tu abiti = you reside, 2nd person singular of abitare
I was confused about when to use abitare versus vivere and found an older reference book which says: Abitiare = 'to live' in reference to the dwelling in which one resides. Vivere = 'to live' in the sense of being alive. 'I live a good life' etc.
as noted above i believe duo is inconsistent in recognizing the use of the present progressive -
My guess is because "where are you living now" is in the present progressive tense, Duolingo said it was wrong.
Yes because "Dove si fa a rimanere ora" means where do you stay now, not "Dove abiti ora"
This order is not used in questions, only in positive statements:
- Where do you live now? - ok, affirmative without more detail: "You live now".
- Where do you now live? - strange, but affirmative is OK in: "You now live (here)".
- Where do now you live? - wrong
- Where now do you live? - wrong
- Now, where do you live? - different meaning, like "OK, where do you live?"
In Italian, 'ora' hws two meanings: - now (adverb) - as in this sentence - hour (noun f.)
Whats the difference between abitare and vivere?
'Where are you staying now?' is commonly used in English and should not be marked wrong.
Is casual Italian actually that fast or did someone hit the fast forward button?