"It is quarter past nine in the morning."

Translation:Sono le nove e un quarto di mattina.

March 26, 2013



Why is "it is" translated into "sono"?

June 16, 2014


Because le nove (ore) is plural, I guess.

July 5, 2014


Yes it is!

August 17, 2014


Because in Italian, the time is expressed as the number of hours that there are so far in the day (the hours that have passed). So other than one o'clock, time in hours is given as plural. "There are nine hours and a quarter" meaning it is quarter past nine (whether that's morning or evening will depend on the context).

April 17, 2019


I left off 'di mattina' 'cause I thought Italians generally use the 24 hour clock, so 'Sono le nove e un quarto' would automatically mean in the morning - no?

April 23, 2014


In Italy we use both the 24 and 12 hours.

October 20, 2014


I don't know if the italian ia correct but they do use a 24 hou clock,i.e. military time in the US.

May 12, 2014


I want to know this too.

October 20, 2014


This was even explicitly in Duolingo's own lesson. Inconsistent!

February 20, 2019


I googled this a little bit and saw lots of "del mattino" on Italian language sites. Is this an error that is common or is it actually correct?

March 26, 2013


Morning is both mattino and mattina so both are correct

March 26, 2013


"Del mattino" is totally right.

September 24, 2014


I used 'ed' instead of 'e' why is it not ed un quatro

July 28, 2014


Man, you just blew my mind. Can someone explain this whole thing? Is that the order they always do this in? I was told before that numbers above one are always feminine and plural. Someone commented on another question in this lesson that they are male and singular. I wasn't sure enough to refute that.

March 10, 2014


I'm confused. How can Morning change from being feminine in the sentence ending di mattina to masculine, apparently, in the sentence ending nel mattino? Why does this happen?

July 20, 2014


There is no reason why. You can just say it both ways... It's a particular exception to the general rule

November 13, 2014


Same as everyone else, can someone please explain this formation please!!

January 27, 2018


Is "un" really needed? It seems that "dos quartos" would be a half hour. ...not that English hasn't any redundancie!

July 23, 2018


Yes, it's really needed.

July 23, 2018
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