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"Noi prendiamo cibo dai ragazzi."

Translation:We take food from the boys.

March 25, 2013



The better question is why are we taking food from the boys...? I see some people getting frustrated at these weird statements; I think they're funny.

May 28, 2013


I put "we take food TO the boys" and it was also correct.

July 10, 2013


Both TO the boys and FROM the boys are correct? Duolingo says so. Google Translate says FROM is correct. TO the boys would be PER il ragazzi.

So, is it Italian or Duolingo which is confused?

January 12, 2014


Me too. But in some previous cases it didn't work both ways. I'm getting really frustrated with "da." When does it mean "from" and when does it mean "to"?

July 12, 2013


I googled and found this: http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare156a.htm which would seem to indicate that da is actually never "to"... except in the idiomatic "da Maria", which Duolingo is loosely translating as "over by Maria's place". (ie, "Vado da Maria" = "I'm going to Maria's house" / "I'm going over by Maria.") In which case, Duolingo understood our use of "to" as meaning, we took food "over by the boy's place".

Moral of the story: we apparently should never think of "da + person" as ever meaning "to", but rather either "from" or "over by". And context, context, context. :-/

July 12, 2013



September 5, 2013


Thanks a lot! The explanation and the article are very helpful! :-)

July 12, 2013


Yeeessss, now it makes sense

April 7, 2014


@Nick10213 we take the kids' food because they were naughty and deserve to go to bed without supper.

April 9, 2014


I ragazzi sono a dieta ;-)

May 15, 2014


Why do we use "dai" here instead of "del"?

March 25, 2013


Is "da" used as the dative and "di" as genitive?

March 25, 2013


Good guess! The dative case doesn't really exist in Italian though. Dai = da (from) + i (plural masculine article) and del = di (of) + il (singular masculine article). Remember that di has a possessive role, il pane di Mario is translated as Mario's bread, and literally, the bread of Mario.

March 25, 2013


Thank you :)

March 26, 2013


Girl scout cookies.

June 11, 2014
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