"Where are you?"
Stai is not a conjugation of essere (sono/sei/è/siamo/siete/sono), but of stare (sto/stai/sta/stiamo/stanno). The distinction is a little difficult for me to explain, but i think of it as a static condition or a state of being, rather than being in a time or place: "come stai" (how are you) or "sto bene" (I'm doing well), versus "sono un ragazzo" (I'm a kid) or "è una banana" (it's a banana). This becomes important later in verb tenses!
No, it's O.K. - formal "where are you?" using the verb stare instead of essere (I don't mind if they give different answers but one has to hope they're all right.) I still don't know why they didn't accept "Dove sei? as a translation - or was this an aural exercise. Then they'd be right.
No it was an English sentence and I was to translate it to Italian. I still don't understand why my answer was wrong so I reported it. "Dove sei" and "dove siete" are the only ways I know how to translate that sentence. I haven't learned the verb stare yet so I still don't know what it means. I don't get why it thinks I would just know that
The exercise I was given had me choose from among posted words, and the word 'è' was not among the words offered, so I reported that. I was marked wrong for selecting 'sei.' Elsewhere, I see 'dove sei' means 'where are you.'
It is clear, after having read the comments BEFORE posting, that we are not all seeing the same page: some people type in their answers, some choose from among a couple of options, while I am given Italian words to select. None of the comments seemed to have the same problem I did.
Oh, then it is totally a bug!
Both "Dov'è?" and "Dove sei?" should be accepted for "Where are you?". I see the problem now :) I hope they fix the bug.
OK, I thought I already wrote above explaining that "Dov'è?" can mean "Where are you?" for polite you, so that answers the "when one would use it" question. But maybe it was on another post, dunno :)
because that'd be just like saying "where you are?" the way the sentence is formed stays the same as it is in english -> Where (Dove) are (sei) you (tu) ? which can just be simplified into "dove sei?" because the verb already tells you who the subject of this sentence is so the "tu" at the end is optional.