"La cucina è la sua."

Translation:The kitchen is his.

March 31, 2013

210 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/italikaren

how do we know if the kitchen is HIS or HERS?

May 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/undomielle

Both are correct in this context, so we don't know and both are accepted by the system. I used "hers" and it was fine :)

May 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jd12386

I said the kitchen is hers and was marked wrong. But if I say the kitchen is his it is marked correct why?

August 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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It should be correct both ways, considering the lack of context telling us whose it is. It could have been a glitch.

August 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Some_Kiwi

So if I was having a conversation in Italian, and someone asked who owns the kitchen, and I said "la cucina e la sua", even if the owner was male, is it still correct?

January 10, 2017

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Right. In Italian, all adjectives, including all the possessives (possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns), must agree with the noun they go with. In this sentence, the possessive goes with "la cucina", which is singular and feminine. Therefore it must always be "La cucina è la sua."

If you need to specify "his" vs "hers", you need to say "La cucina è di lui" or "La cucina è di lei".

January 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Yes.

January 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Schatzie14

Here we go again, endless debates about" out of context frazes" Also kindly correct me, when the possessive is the last word in the sentence we do "not" use la or le?" Or was that in Italian thing? It may be Italian", it is something kind of Very important for me to know, thanks for your time...could it be French. I made a big note of it, somewhere?

April 16, 2015

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I believe that in French like in English you cannot have a possessive adjective as a predicate, and possessive pronouns need the article, so "C'est mon chat" -> "C'est le mien". In Italian you can actually use the adjective, so "il gatto è il mio" and "il gatto è mio" are equally correct, they just carry slightly different nuances.

April 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ellis930361

You mean phrases

November 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sikeryali

I typed "The kitchen is hers" and it was correct! :-)

October 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lillyhooch

Am I getting something different? 'hers' was not given as an alternative...only 'his'

February 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bentley57

I answered "yours" and it was marked as correct.

July 6, 2017

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If "sua" were capitalized ("Sua") that would be fine, since "Lei" is the formal "you". But since it's lower-case, it can only be "his/hers". Then again, Duolingo doesn't really pay too much attention to capitalization.

July 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Schatzie14

No, no, I translated it is her kitchen it was marked wrong as "his" kitchen

April 16, 2015

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No, "it is his kitchen" is wrong as well; the subject of the sentence is the kitchen, not "it", so it's either "The kitchen is his" or "The kitchen is hers".

April 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ewwwitssteph

How do we know if it is "yours"?

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

That would be "la Sua" with capital S, because it would belong to "Lei" and not to "lei".

October 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ash.Purple

I understand that when reading and writing, but how can you convey a capital letter when speaking aloud?

January 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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You don't. But context is a powerful thing.

January 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jd12386

To make the sentence Yours (la cucina è la tua)

January 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jd12386

To make the sentence Yours (la cucina è la tua)

January 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/a6uQl0wW

My questiin also.

February 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/livskydoodle

La =feminie so hers

December 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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Yes, "la" is the feminine form of "the", but it must agree with the noun it goes with, not with who owns it. "La cucina" is feminine, and so "la sua" must also be feminine. It has nothing to do with whether "he" or "she" owns it.

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/livskydoodle

thanks

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alenka225510

So the meaning would be more like 'the kitchen is available' other then hers/his. Correct?

January 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gelfo

no...it is the kitchen is his/hers

January 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jag1949

Masculine singular = Il suo Feminine singular = la sua

La cucina e la sua = The kitchen is hers or also It is her kitchen.

I am a bit confused! Some clarification please!

July 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VonSmallhausen

The article and the possessive both only refer to the subject (the kitchen) and not to the person who owns the kitchen. In this case we simply don't know if this person is a guy or a girl, so both 'The kitchen is his' and 'The kitchen is hers' are correct.

July 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brasildeluna

So what this means is that "kitchen" is a feminine noun in Italian, is that correct? If we changed it to a masculine noun, like "ragazzo", we woild also have to change "sua" to "suo", and it would mean "the boy is his/hers". Am I correct to make this assumption?

May 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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"kitchen" is always feminine in Italian. That never changes. But IF it were masculine, then yes, you would say something like "il cucino è il suo" to mean "the kitchen is his/hers". But since it's feminine, we say "la cucina è la sua" to mean "the kitchen is his/hers".

This is because the possessive, like all other adjectives, must agree with the noun it's associated with (in this case "kitchen") and never with who owns it.

May 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tkvaldez

Yes... but I too typed in the kitchen is his and it was not accepted.

July 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Was it, perhaps, a "type what you hear" exercise?

Then you have to type what you hear... if the voice speaks Italian, you have to type Italian words, not English ones.

July 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tkvaldez

nope... a problem with the program

July 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jag1949

I think "L'olio è suo" is a general statement "The oil is his" while "L'olio é il suo" is indicating that the oil belongs to him for sure. This concept might be hard to understand because it does not exist in English. Does anyone has any thought on this?

November 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/italikaren

Yeah I don't think it exists in English, but it does in French. It might be like "it is her kitchen" (sua) vs "the kitchen is hers" (la sua) or "the kitchen belongs to her" (la sua)

November 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ogeid999

I'm not sure I get your point there Jag1949.

Mario è un agricoltore. L'olio è il suo. / L'olio è suo.

or

Anna è un'agricoltrice. L'olio è il suo. / L'olio è suo.

There's no really a difference between those two sentences.

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/davecms

From what I can tell, adding the 'il' doesnt change the meaning of the phrase, it simply emphasises the ownership part of it.

In english we would change our tone slighly and maybe furr our brow to make the point.

Nuances.

November 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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It's the difference between "It's his (not mine)" and "It (not something else) is his".

November 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xSardonyx

I translated this as "It is her kitchen." What is wrong with that?

May 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arjofocolovi

I think it would be "è la sua cucina" or something like that.

May 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Salwinka

Can someone tell me when do we use "il cane è il mio" and "il cane è mio". Thank you in advance

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pierugofoz

1) "il cane è mio" - 2) "il cane è il mio".
Both sentences are correct and mean the same thing

There is a slight difference if you switch the sentences in negative form.
1) "il cane NON è mio" = "the dog is not mine" (maybe I have one or more dogs, or maybe I don't have any).
2) "il cane NON è il mio" = "the dog is not mine" (but surely I have or I had a dog)

September 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ammarsaneej

omg,lol, i am more trapped and confused with "its, his, her , hers.." what is "la sua" and "il suo" exactly ?

October 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Both of them mean "his, her, hers, its" (depending on context).

la sua is used when the thing that is owned is singular and feminine, il suo when it is singular and masculine.

October 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ammarsaneej

thank you . grazie

October 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KGdcprXt

This could also be translated as his/her cooking as in '' la cucina povera'' describing the food of the poor or peasants now very fashionable.

August 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KGdcprXt

''la cucina povera'' at this moment in time is exemplified by the programme on Channel Four where Jamie Oliver explores the cooking of Italian ''nonnas'' and their traditional dishes from all over Italy and attempts to reinterpret them.

August 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/igfs

TIL Duolingo does not recognise formal Italian.

March 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mukkapazza

If you're referring to the formal you, you're kind of right: the program is based mostly on writing sentences out of context, so we only translate suo to you when it is capitalized. Although this rule doesn't always apply outside of formal documents written in Italian, there are pedagogical reasons behind it. There would be a lot of confusion for beginners who would wonder why they just started learning Italian 2 minutes ago and all of a sudden you and she are the same word! Here are a few examples of when formal you would be appropriate (if found beyond the skill dedicated to formal you):

  • Sua madre cucina bene = Her/Your mother cooks well.
  • Lei è una donna perfetta = She is/You are a perfect woman.
  • La preghiamo di andare via! = We ask that you/she please go away!
April 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/igfs

Understood, thanks

September 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/burt.thyng

why is it L'olio è suo , but la cucina è la sua. then shouldnt L'olio è il suo be correct

November 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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Both ways are correct, depending on what you're emphasizing.

"La cucina è sua" would mean "The kitchen is his/hers (and not mine)." "La cucina è la sua" would mean "The kitchen (this one, not another one) is his/hers."

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ogeid999

There's not much of an emphasis. It's just the normal sentece we would use. Saying "Una cucina è sua" would sound weird in italian. It would mean that there are more kitchen and only one is his/hers.

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RalphSherwin

is it not possible that this could translate as "the cooking is his"

December 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ogeid999

Only in a really rare circumstance and used in a weird way. For example: You go in a restaurant and you recognize from the taste of the dishes that the chef is ceirtanly Mr. X. So you say: "la cucina è la sua". Meaning with the term "cucina" his style of cooking.

December 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gelfo

'Cuisine' But it's not something you'd say.

December 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ellis930361

Well, not really. Cucina = kitchen, not cooking.

November 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/awebb253

Since no gender is implied, wouldn't a better translation for suo/sua/sue be "theirs"?

October 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ogeid999

It wouldn't be since suo/sua/sue is singular. Theirs corresponds to "loro". :)

October 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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Going from English to Italian, certainly. From Italian to English, however, I believe awebb is referring to the "singular they" (which was good enough for Jane Austen).

October 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/awebb253

That's EXACTLY what I mean. It's confusing to say suo or sua both mean his/hers/its, when in reality (at least as far as an English translation goes) they would be better defined as singular "they/their".

October 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/f.formica
Mod
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That's true, especially since there is no context; but from a teaching perspective, just imagine the mind-boggling confusion that would cause... It's already hard enough teaching the difference between singular, plural and formal you...

October 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/awebb253

That is true.

October 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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I can see where you're coming from, because English is also my native language, but consider the Italian speaker learning English. "His cat" can mean the cat is male or female! How do they know whether to translate it as "il suo gatto" or "la sua gatta"? This is why Duolingo accepts either answer when typing, and has you select multiple answers when it's multiple choice.

While this lack of one-to-one correspondence between languages can legitimately be confusing to many learners, it is still something that's important to take a good stab at. For all that it's perfectly fine to use the "singular they", language education in general (and perhaps Duolingo as well) tends to emphasize standard usage, which prefers to keep the singular singular and the plural plural.

October 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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@franwy No. In English, "his cat" means "the cat belongs to him" and "her cat" means "the cat belongs to her", regardless of the gender of the cat.

In the Romance languages, including Italian, all adjectives, including possessives, have to agree in number and gender with the noun they modify. In the noun phrase "il mio gatto", the noun is "gatto", which is masculine and singular, and so the "il mio" must agree with "gatto", regardless whether I am a man or a woman. "Le tue gatte" means that you, male or female, own multiple female cats.

This is why "la cucina è la sua" can mean both "the kitchen is his" and "the kitchen is hers". "La sua" must agree with "la cucina".

October 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/franwy

Rae F... I'm totally lost on what you mean by saying.... "but consider the Italian speaker learning English. "His cat" can mean the cat is male or female!...."
You DO know that il suo gatto = his cat... and has Nothing to do with the sex of the cat? This sentence structure we learned with il suo/la sua - was telling Who owned the cat - not if the cat was male or female. Or did I misunderstand what you meant by referencing the cat's sex?

October 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/salmonofjoy

So when you're taking to another person and you say sua which according to Duolingo is his/hers with no masculine or feminine difference, should the person automatically know what gender and who you're talking about?

February 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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There may be only 2 (grammatical) genders, but there are ten billion people in the world. Even if you know the gender of the person in question, you'd still have to clarify exactly which person you mean. I'm sure in normal conversation there's context that establishes who you're talking about.

March 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/linguat0r

why not "the kitchen is her"?

May 13, 2015

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"Hers" is the possessive. Saying "the kitchen is her" is the same as saying "she is the kitchen".

May 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Because you need a possessive pronoun there, not a possessive adjective, and "her" is a possessive adjective -- it can't stand alone but needs something after it.

Her kitchen - the kitchen is hers.

Compare: my kitchen - the kitchen is mine. You can't say *"The kitchen is my".

May 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ovrw8

I thought cucina was (cooks). Now its kitchen?

May 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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Well, in English "cook" is both a verb and a noun: The cook cooks a meal. "Cucina" is both a feminine noun and the 3rd person singular for "cucinare" (to cook).

May 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lordofrivendell

Wouldn't sua be feminine?

June 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

It is feminine, because "la cucina" (the kitchen) is feminine.

"sua" is either "his" or "her" for objects that are feminine (la sua cucina = his kitchen / her kitchen).

"suo" would be "his" or "her" for objects that are masculine (il suo libro = his book / her book).

Kind of like how "tua" is used for feminine objects no matter whether the owner is masculine or feminine (la tua cucina = your kitchen, regardless of whether you are masculine or feminine).

June 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IanMiller1945

The more common UK english syntax would be: "It is her (or his) kitchen". According to the discussion her should be accepted, but it isn't.

September 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

I think that those two sentences are not equivalent (just as, say, "This book is mine" and "This is my book" are not equivalent).

So talking about "the more common syntax" is misleading - they aren't two different ways of saying the same thing, but two different ways saying two different (but related) things.

September 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julio_Panther

Sue or sua=hers???

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

"il suo, i suoi, la sua, le sue" can all mean "his, hers, its"; which one to use depends not on the gender of the possessor as it does in English ("his" for a male possessor, "hers" for a female one) but on the gender of the possessed object (e.g. "i suoi" for books, which are grammaticalle masculine).

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chrikaru

Can't do the accents on my tablet. How can i get the duolingo onscreen keyboard back? Thanks!

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Try long-pressing the base letter - you may get a pop-up with accented versions of that letter.

Accented letters are usually easier on a phone/tablet than on a PC, due to the keyboard being software rather than hardware.

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rossi444577

How do I put accent on the "e"? I keep getting this wrong because i can't do it on my phone.

January 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

On a phone, try long-pressing the "e" letter - you will probably get a little pop-up with accented versions of the letter, including "è". Then slide the finger onto the right accented version, then let go.

January 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marioalbertini90

can i say is his kitchen in english?

January 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

No.

"It is his kitchen" = "È la sua cucina". But while Italian doesn't need to say "it", English has to do so.

"La cucina è la sua" = "The kitchen is his".

January 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SilvanaLW

Can add accents to the text, does anyone knows how?

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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If you're on mobile, try long-pressing on a letter and see what pops up.

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kris10101

when it "la sua" should it not be hers since la is female

January 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Read the other comments on this page. The "female" part of "la sua" refers to the kitchen, not to its owner.

January 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sinkers54

What's wrong with 'It's her kitchen' ?????????????

January 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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That's a different grammatical construction. Compare:

It is her kitchen.
It = pronoun
her kitchen = subject complement
her = possessive adjective

The kitchen is hers.
The kitchen = noun phrase
hers = possessive pronoun as subject complement

January 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

See the thread started by xSardonyx two years ago.

January 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trendaci

I thought sua was feminine and suo was masculine. It this because cucina is fem?

February 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gelfo

yes. sua IS feminine and suo IS masculine. However they do not solely mean hers and his respectively - they both can mean both his or hers - and as you said, yes, sua is used because the thing being possessed (cucina) is feminine. It agrees with the gender of the thing being owned, not the owner

February 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MelodyB.1

Why do you have to say "la sua" if you already said "la cucina"?

February 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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It is correct both ways: "La cucina è sua" and "La cucina è la sua." But they convey slightly different nuances.

"La cucina è sua" would mean "The kitchen is his/hers (and not mine)." "La cucina è la sua" would mean "The kitchen (this one, not another one) is his/hers."

February 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lindaj23

We don't know but "sua" has to agree with "la cucina".

February 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1070972072

Every language has some exceptions. At least, the Italian language is not as rife with exceptions as English.

February 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cangurina777

I agree, every language has exceptions; however, I was not comparing English language with Italian language. I am trying to understand and learn this language.

February 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Highwaysta1

Surely "It's her/his kitchen" is right in English? BTW, the right translation if you don't know if something belongs to a man or a woman is "their". Don't believe me? Try this: " Someone rang, but they didn't leave leave a message" 'Nuff said!

February 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Highwaysta1

WRONG!!! His/hers in English = theirs, e.g. "Someone rang, but they didn't leave their name." Your software should include this alternative.

February 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gelfo

you are correct yes, and I agree with you. However in the context of this sentence the person saying it (e la sua cucina) probably knows the gender of the person in question. So it wouldn't be wrong to use his or hers.

February 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KxngDeo.

How would you say "It's her kitchen"?

March 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gelfo

"é la sua cucina" - is almost word for word. It can mean either "It's her kitchen" or "It's his kitchen".

This sentence - "La cucina é la sua" - is practically the same thing but with a different word order and more emphasis on the fact that it is hers/his.

March 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

I think all the é should be è with the accent going the other way.

March 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gelfo

Yes they should :) but I don't know how to make that accent on my keyboard without changing layouts or typing in a lengthy Alt Code - I use é because it is easy to make - Alt+Ctrl+e - even though I know it's not strictly correct

March 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Wouldn't it have been better to just use a plain e? Then it would also have been "not strictly correct" but, in my mind, less wrong than adding a diacritic but having it be the wrong one.

Or you could have used e' which is what I think Italians sometimes use themselves.

March 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gelfo

I've just called the police and handed myself in. They are on their way. Thanks.

March 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dave12341

i'm so confused. How do we know if it is his or hers? can someone explain the rule? google isn't helping.

April 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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Context, pure and simple. In English, if I say "his dog", you don't know if the dog is male or female. They just encode things differently in Italian.

April 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dave12341

OH okay. Thanks, it makes sense!

April 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yukimi874

Do you really discuss to whom the kitchen belongs? In my sense, kitchen is a place, not belonging to any specific person. If anyone says "it's my kitchen," I'd feel really strange.

April 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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Professional chefs tend to have a sense of dominion. They're in charge of everything. They control who does what and when.

Or homeowners, who have a kitchen in their house. It's their kitchen just like it's their house, their bedroom, their bathroom, their front porch.

April 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/foster290

is it a he or her could be both?

April 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

The kitchen could belong to him or to her - you can't tell from the Italian sentence.

April 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anna-Grace8

How does one mistake someone elses kitchen for thier own?

May 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elizabeth48304

So sua/suo is not dependent on the gender of who it is referring to?

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

It does not depend on the gender of the owner -- only on the grammatical gender of the thing which is owned.

So la sua cucina has the sua because cucina is feminine, and you would use la sua cucina regardless of whether the kitchen belonged to him, her, or it.

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mahsa_mt2005

why sometimes says: la sua, and some times says sua. I mean sometimes with article and sometimes without article.?

June 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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Both are correct, but there is a subtle difference in meaning between them. One means it's his (or hers) as opposed to being someone else's and one means the thing (as opposed to something else) is his (or hers).

June 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Justincrow8

I put "The kitchen is his" and it was correct. But isn't "la sua", hers? "hers" was not an option.

July 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

la sua can be "his", "hers", or "its". It's used when the thing possessed is grammatically feminine, regardless of the sex or gender of the owner.

July 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Neida129575

why is his or her and why not yours

July 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Because then it would be la Sua, capitalised, for politeness.

July 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beam46

how do I know which è to use. I haven't seen much of any explanation what that thing on top of it is or what it means and it is kinda frustrating because it tells me I get the letter wrong. can someone please help me out?

August 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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è = is

e = and

August 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moycullen

What is wrong with it is her kitchen ?It is a perfectly correct statement and means the same as the kitchen is hers. Please enlighten me!

September 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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Different grammatical construction.

La cucina è la sua = The kitchen is hers.
Noun phrase in the subject, then the verb, then the possessive pronoun in the predicate.

È la sua cucina = It is her kitchen.
Pronoun in the subject in English, omitted in Italian, then the verb, then a noun phrase including the possessive adjective in the predicate.

September 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lindaj23

A previous sentence translated 'la sua' as hers....even though the structure is the same.

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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Yes. That's because it's suo/sua depending on whether the thing that is owned is masculine or feminine, not whether the owner is male or female.

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Yes, la sua could be any of "his" or "hers" or "its" depending on context.

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EvaJan2

Her??? Or his!! Please!!!....

December 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Yes! That's nearly right!

"is hers" (not "her") - or - "is his"

are both possible in this sentence :)

See the other comments on this page....

December 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TonyTech007

" The Kitchen is yours " not "The kitchen is his "

January 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

I believe an interpretation of "yours" would require a capitalise 'la Sua' - that all forms of the polite pronoun ('Lei', 'la Sua', etc.) are capitalised.

Lowercase 'la sua' is "his" or "hers".

January 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TonyTech007

It's complicated, but maybe is because I am not English Speaker , I don't know all rules about English that so I don't understand well the sentence " LA cucina è la sua "

January 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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"La cucina è la sua" can mean "The kitchen is his" or "The kitchen is hers".

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oceane230896

Puo anche essere "the kitchen is yours" se parla con qualcuno che non conosce

January 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

se fosse "la Sua" con S grande, no?

January 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/magikman98

This is the best point... If you need to specify "his" vs "hers", you need to say "La cucina è di lui" or "La cucina è di lei".

April 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/magikman98

I like this comment. "his" vs "hers", you need to say "La cucina è di lui" or "La cucina è di lei".

April 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ashley274249

Is it possible to say " La cucina è suo" to mean "the kitchen is his" and " la cucina è la sua" to mean "the kitchen is hers"?

May 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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No. It can only be "La cucina è (la) sua" because "la sua" must agree with "la cucina", never with whose it is.

If you need to be more explicit, you would say "La cucina è di lui" or "La cucina è di lei".

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ashley274249

Grazie per la risposta a la mia domanda.

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StockholmNative

Why is 'it's her kitchen' marked as wrong?

May 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Because "The kitchen is hers" (La cucina è la sua) is not quite the same as "It's her kitchen" (È la sua cucina).

May 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jason614419

I can' get "his," "hers," or "yours" to work. None of them are seen as the right answer even though it says "his" when you get it wrong.

July 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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If it's multiple-choice, you need to select all of the valid options, not just one of them.

July 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nkwk88

the "Sua" which is used here ends with "a" instead of "e" because cucina is feminine (ends with "a")?

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Nearly!

sua ends with -a because cucina is feminine (and singular).

It would have been sua regardless of what letter the feminine singular word ended in, e.g. la sua mano "his hand / her hand".

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nkwk88

The plurality of the subject can come after the "su(a)"? So we have to identify the subject and its traits first? (eg: La sua mano, but is "sua" the subject, or the hand?)

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Whether something is the subject or object of a verb is independent of possessive structure. So la sua mano could be either a subject (e.g. in "your hand is beautiful") or an object (e.g. in "I see your hand").

With sua, we know that the owner is third person singular (i.e. "he" or "she" -- ir possibly "it"), and the possession is feminine singular.

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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The first thing you do is identify the gender and number of the noun. From there you use the appropriate adjectives, possessives, and articles to agree with it. As mizinamo said, it has nothing to do with being a subject or an object or any other declension.

The old woman likes the small cats:
La vecchia donna ama i piccoli gatti.
donna: feminine singular
Therefore it takes la and vecchia
gatti: masculine plural
Therefore it takes i and piccoli

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dee755087

My phone cannot write the accent on the e meaning Is in Italian, so my answer comes up as incorrect. What can I do? Cosa posso fare?

January 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Try long-pressing the E key - you may get a pop-up with accented versions such as é è ê ë. Then slide your finger over to è and let go.

January 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kim228988

Why does duo let us choose from accents angled 2 different ways in the Italian section?

February 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Because Italian uses both the letter é and the letter è.

February 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karin561803

The possessives section is so far the one that most screams out for a single click to a chart for the learner's reference. Some of us learn that way, by examining a full set to note the patterns, and then applying them. The lack of an overview for the pattern means users are constantly explaining the same patterns over and over.

April 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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The possessive, like any other adjective, must always agree with the noun it's attached to. So you always use gender and number agreement with what is possessed, never with who possesses it.

IO
il mio = my singular masculine thing
i miei = my plural masculine things
la mia = my singular feminine thing
le mie = my plural feminine things

TU
il tuo
i tuoi
la tua
le tue

LUI/LEI
il suo = his/her singular masculine thing
i suoi = his/her plural masculine things
la sua = his/her singular feminine thing
le sue = his/her plural feminine things

NOI
il nostro
i nostri
la nostra
le nostre

VOI
il vostro
i vostri
la vostra
le vostre

LORO is irregular:
il loro
i loro
la loro
le loro

April 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karin561803

Thank you for this easy to follow explanation. My point is that on the mobile app, one must wander through comments for a cogent presentation like this. Why isn't there easy access to the "tips and notes" that one finds via the desktop interface?

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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I honestly don't know. I've been clamoring for it ever since I got the app. As it is, I mostly use Duolingo on the website and only use the mobile app to review when I'm not at my computer.

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TomasVana2

how do we know whether it is a kitchen or a cook?

November 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rolf810068

Both are correct her and his .

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarahLives

I said: it is her kitchen. This wS marked wrong

January 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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It is her kitchen = È la sua cucina.

The kitchen is hers = La cucina è la sua.

January 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eric679535

Got it wrong with "hers."

January 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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How exactly was the question presented to you and how exactly did you answer?

January 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trish861681

How can it be la sua when its a man (suo)

August 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

How can it be la sua

Because la cucina is grammatically feminine, so su- (his / her) takes a feminine ending -a.

la mia cucina (my kitchen), la sua cucina (his/her kitchen) etc. Always with -a on the possessive.

Conversely, il mio cane (my dog), il suo cane (his/her dog) etc. Always with -o on the possessive since cane is masculine.

August 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KaterinaPa965816

Why "kitchen is his/hers" is incorrect? :(

January 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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Because they didn't code that in as a correct answer. Just pick one. Next time the sentence pops up, pick the other one if you want to mix things up. Either is correct, but the combination is awkward.

January 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TommyOl

Isn't "suo" "sua" also "your" and "yours" like in portuguese?

January 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gelfo

Yes, in the polite form. But as others have answered here they are normally capitailised, at least on Duoingo. Suo & Sua

January 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Perronicus

I don't get this, the his/her refers to the kitchen and not the person who the kitchen belongs to? How would you say the kitchen is his and actually mean it belongs to a 'him'? And why would you want to say the kitchen is his, if it's (for example) actually hers (if his and hers are both acceptable)?

February 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gelfo

Correct. We use la sua because cucina is feminine. It is the gender of the noun that decides the gender of the articles/ possessive pronouns, not the gender of the owner. To specify his or hers meaning the owner you should say... 'La cucina é di lui' or 'La cucina e di lei'. For your last question you are thinking in English. All languages are different. In Italian there is no specific his or hers, only sua/suo.

February 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Perronicus

Ok, thanks a lot for explaining. So 'La cucina é di lui' means 'the kitchen is of him'? ie. 'his kitchen'?

February 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gelfo

Exactly. It's a lot more cumbersome to say than 'la sua cucina', but you can use it if you really want to specify that it is HIS kitchen

February 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cangurina777

I understand that Duolingo says the correct answer is "The kitchen is his", however, I also understand that the Italian word "sua" is defined as her or hers. The article "La" is feminine, as well as, the noun, "cucina", for this reason, I am confused of how "sua" can mean "his." :(

February 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

"His", in English, means that the owner is male. (But you would say "his mother" or "his father" -- in English, the "his" does not change, whether the possessed thing is male or female.)

"sua", in Italian, means that the possessed thing is feminine.

So you would use "sua" with "la cucina", because the kitchen is grammatically feminine and that is the thing which is possessed.

But "sua" does not say anything about the gender of the owner. The owner of the kitchen could be a man, a woman -- perhaps even an inanimate object such as a restaurant.

So in English, you could translate it as "his kitchen", "her kitchen", or "its kitchen", depending on the context.

February 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cangurina777

Thank you so much! Your explanation really has helped clear some confusion for me. :))

February 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/afreemanw

If the kitchen is HIS would it not be, IL SUA instead?

June 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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No, possessives don't work like that in Italian. Like all adjectives, it must agree with the thing it modifies, which in this case is "la cucina".

June 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Martin808211

Caught by the wrong accent, woops!

February 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RSvanKeure

PLEASE FIX THE ERROR WITH "The kitchen is hers." !!! If you ignore our corrections, where else can we ask you to fix them?

March 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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The comments section is not the place to report issues. You need to report (flag) the lesson before you move on to the next item. The course devs don't read the forums, but reporting it will get the information to them.

March 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RSvanKeure

This error on the part of DL has not been fixed after three years. See above. I DID report it, but corrections are VERY slow! Or non-existent.

March 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/digfr

i keep asking me why "his" is fine. Because, let's say the truth....no man wants a kitchen

February 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Paul Bocuse? Alfons Schuhbeck? Jamie Oliver?

February 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JorgeFelip2

Is there the word "hers" in English? I have never seen any word like that!!!

July 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jag1949

JorgeFelip2 Yes, "hers" is a word in English!

Hers : pronoun

Used to refer to a thing or things belonging to or associated with a female person or animal previously mentioned.

"His eyes met hers"

Another example:

The scarf is hers.

Hope this helps!

July 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lindaj23

This translation is for emphasis. Usually, we would say ' It's his/her kitchen'.

February 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anitavaln

surely hers

April 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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"Sua" is feminine because it refers to "la cucina", not to whose it is. The kitchen could be hers or his.

April 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BobRubano

I thought His was "il suo" and hers was "la sua." But, according to the help file attached, it could also be "its" or "your" which is not gender specific. I guess the only real way to learn is to speak with a native Italian!!

May 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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This has been addressed multiple times already on this page. The possessive is an adjective. And like all adjectives, it must agree in gender and number with the noun is modifies, which is the thing possessed, not who possesses it.

"Lei" is the formal form of "tu", like in Spanish "usted" is the formal form of "tú". If you address someone as "tu" then you use all the "tuo/tuoi/tua/tue" possessives (again, depending on the gender and number of what is possessed) and if you address someone as "Lei" (regardless of their gender because here it no longer means "she" but rather a polite/formal "you") then you use all the "suo/suoi/sua/sue" possessives (again, depending on the gender and number of what is possessed).

May 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rjjacob

Does it make sense to label towels (or anything else) "his" and "hers" in Italian?

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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Sure. They'd read di lui and di lei.

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rjjacob

I don't understand that yet, but thank you.

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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Literally "of him" and "of her".

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1070972072

I am lost

January 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jag1949

"Her" because it is referring to the kitchen. La cucina is femenine. You know this because of "La"

December 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

In English, the choice of "her" or "his" depends on the owner, not on the possession.

In Italian, the choice of suo or sua depends on the gender of the possession.

So we can say "her kitchen" or "his kitchen" in English, depending on whether the owner is female or male.

The fact that it is referring to the kitchen is irrelevant for the choice of "his" or "her" in English.

December 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trung_Hieu_1976

Why is it does not work???

August 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trung_Hieu_1976

What must i answer?

August 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marija596669

Sua = her

April 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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The grammatical gender of the possessive reflects the grammatical gender of what is owned, not who owns it.

April 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/livinginabubble

i do

June 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MrsMixMusic

Just kill me

May 5, 2019
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