So when we don't know the gender the adjective is modifying as in this case, they, then it doesn't matter, and 'alte' or 'alti' is acceptable?
I think you make a good point. In this example, the use of alte seems to imply that the speaker of the sentence knows that the people in question are female.
So, actually, the only plausible option is that the speaker is talking to some women
Well, not necessarily. The speaker could be talking to a man (or some men, or both men and women) about the tall women. Hope this clarifies a bit. :)
Hi Amanda, It's NOT - to some women It's - about some women or - of specific women
To whom is the speaker taking about we don't, he could be talking to one or more person, male or female, even to himself. And maybe even his not talking about women at all. He could be talking about female animals... who knows, ok ;)
So did I, it is hard for me to tell the difference when listening to it
See mukkapazza's comment above. 'Alte' is feminine plural. Am I tall would be 'Sono alto/alta?'
Ah yes, of course, that makes perfect sense (I guess I shouldn't try to learn new sections after midnight ... )
I'm not sure I understand why 'alte' ends in an 'e' and not 'i' or 'o' in this case...
Adjectives can match the nouns they modify in gender and number:
- L'uomo alto
- La donna alta
- Gli uomini alti
- Le donne alte
It depends on the adjective that is behind it. If it would've been 'sono alto' or 'sono alta', it would've been 'I am tall', because alto and alta are singular. 'Alte' is feminine plural, so you must translate it with 'they are tall' in the case of 'sono alte.'
In Italian, the adjective has to agree with the subject of the sentence in gender and number, so if the adjective is singular it means it is one person (I am), and if the adjective is plural it means it is more than one person (they are).
Sono alto. I am tall. (alto tells us it is one male person)
Sono alti. They are tall. (alti tells us it is more than one person and at least one is male)
Sono alta. I am tall. (alta tells us there is one female person)
Sono alte. They are tall. (alte tells us that there is more than one person and all of them are female)
IMO the inflection should be more pronounced. I translated it as "They are tall" thinking it was a declarative statement.
Well, with some of the exercises we get, I think Duo must be high a lot of the time. You should try the Dutch course where you have things like rhinos wearing clogs! Mind you, I suppose that's par for the course in the Netherlands.
I wrote "sono alti?" and it was not accepted. I wanted to report it, but there was no "this answer should be accepted" option available.
Put it in the 'other' section where you can give an explanation. I can remember when a Norton was THE bike to have. The good old days of Royal Enfields, Triumphs and AJSs. Jap bikes are very good, but they have never had the same feel as the old British bikes.
Well and "sono" can be either singular "io sono" or plural "loro sono" or just Sono as in this case. I keyed it as "I" and got it wrong, and it's not!
Because 'alte' is feminine plural, so it has to be 'they'. 'Alti' is masculine plural just by the way. 'Am I tall' would be 'Sono alta?'
Can't the phrase be statement? "Sono alte" = "They are tall" or does it need the "loro" to make it a statement?
I'm sure you're right Susan, but the question mark here makes it a question.
I didn't get that either ! translated "sono alte" as a statement, "they are old" but was marked wrong. However there was no question mark apparent in the spoken word so think the statement should be acceptable.
'Alte' means 'tall', not 'old'. Often in the audio, if you listen carefully you can hear an intonation that denotes a question.
yes, tall, thanks, getting tired. But I listened many times to this one and still could not discern a question so think it should be accepted as a statement, "they are tall".
I've just listened to it Liz, and I thought the intonation was clear. Maybe you just need to develop your ear.
and I'll be 73 on May 26 ! I'm going this month to see about a hearing aid.
If it was a listening exercise, then the correct answer is "sono alte?", but if you were translating "are they tall?" into Italian, both "sono alte?" and "sono alti?" should be correct.
It doesn't help to post your comment here Andrew. Next time you do the exercise, hit the comments button at the bottom of the page and tick 'My answer should be accepted'. The moderators usually get around to correcting the problem quite soon.
It's impossible to hear the voice inflection that makes this a question. To mark this wrong because a question mark was not inserted is ridiculous.
Sono alte = they are tall, but Sono alte? = Are they tall?
you don't need to put question mark as an answer in Duo, you just need to put correct sentence, so it's making it easier, ok :)