Translation:Is it yours?
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I think you use masculine when you don't know whether it is feminine or not. You also use masculine when the plural is both masculine and feminine. My friends (masc. and fem.) will be than: i miei amici. my friends (only girls) will be: le mie amiche.
I honestly couldn't even tell that was supposed to be a question. Shouldn't there be an inquisitive inflection at the end?
I agree. I can never hear an inquisitive inflection on either the fast or slow audio. At least I am not marked incorrect for missing it.
I heard it, but I speak a language in which, like Italian, you don't always use a question word.
I think the question shoul be " È il tuo?" just if we are talking about sb's close relative we can cut the article, am I right?
No. You don't use the article if the predicate is the possessive adjective.
You can use the article but it is optional if the possessive is alone in the predicate.
You do not use the article if the only predicate is the possessive adjective.
Can you please explain what is meant by the term 'predicate' here? Some examples would be very helpful too.
A predicate is the object of a sentence: the thing that the verb acts on. For example, in the sentence "He kicks the ball," the predicate is the ball, since it is the thing being kicked. On the other hand, the "subject" is "He," who is the person doing the action. In this case, where we have the sentence "Is it yours?", the subject is "it" and the predicate is "yours", which is a possessive adjective. According to moxiemeg, when the possessive adjective is the predicate, you do not use the article. Or rather, you do not need to use the article.
I think both are correct. Here it is as in English: is it (è) yours (tuo)?, but normally you put the article before, unless it is family singular. (mia madre, tuo padre, suo fratello, tua nonna etc. BUT... when it is plural there is always an article: le mie sorelle, i tuoi fratelli le sue nonne etc.)
Why does this not translate as " it is yours" as 'e translates as is or it is. can someone explain please
In Italian, the only way to make something a question is to add a question mark in writing, or add an inquisitive inflection on to the end when speaking. È tuo (It is yours). È tuo? (Is it yours?) In English, when forming questions, we swap the 'it' and the 'is' around, but not so for Italian.
'E' meaning 'is', and 'tuo' meaning 'yours'. Using proper English, we can tell the word 'it' is missing. So I do not understand why this question would have been complicated. I got it
If I hold the key longer on my Samsung phone it will give me optional letters with accents, for example : èêëē
That works on all phones and tablets. It is the duolingo app doing it. It took me 30 days to realise that i could touch the underlined italian to get a translation. I had been using a paper dictionary. Ha ha.
From what I have been reading, the article "the" (e.g. il, la) is used in front of the noun with the possessive squeezed in between. For example, il tuo gatto beve acqua i.e. "your cat drinks water." However, where the possessive goes can change based on what you are trying to say. For example, if you wanted to say, "The cat is yours," the possessive would no longer go in between the article and noun e.g. il gatto è tuo. If you no longer have a noun with your possessive like in the case above, you no longer have an article either. So, in my example above "the" and "cat" are dropped, and "it is yours" is simply "è tuo" NOT " è il tuo."
Is this a good rule of thumb?
Booboo.... This one, E tuo said it means the same thing as "E il tuo" do we use the article or not? Confusing
The first time I saw this question it said additional translation was È il tuo, but then I had it again where I typed that in and it said i was wrong
what is the difference between È and É? I talked to an Italian teacher and she was not aware of the character È
If you mean the use of the two different kinds of accent (grave = è ò; acuto = é ó) in Italian, they sound slightly different. If you write by hand you could mark both accents in the same way (although it's considered a little rough), but if you are typing using a phone or a computer you should use the appropriate one.
If you mean the use of the two different accent in this case, the third singular person of the present indicative of the verb "essere" is always "è", with the grave accent, capitalized in "È" when it's used at the beginning of a sentence.
How do you decide which ending to use when you don't know what "it" is and so don't know if "it" is masculine or feminine?
Well I thought that "Is this yours?" would be correct. But it wasn't either.
If I wanted to just say: "It is yours.", I would say it the same way, just without questionmark?
You can use the web version at duolingo.com where you are presented with all possible accented letters. Otherwise you can install an Italian keyboard layout, a US international keyboard or similar.
The question is "to type what you hear". It must be the speakers on my phone but none of the choices sounded quite right. Or perhaps the difference is very subtle.
Hearing 'E tuo' [without being able to see a question mark], with no upward tonal inflection indicating a question, how to distinguish between 'It is yours' and 'Is it yours?'