"Non abbiamo una scala in cucina."

Translation:We do not have a ladder in the kitchen.

April 1, 2013

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here is an example of "in the" in English sentence being only "in" in the Italian sentence


in italian, the rule to omit the definite article is valid for all places of the house (and others)

  • the ladder is in the kitchen = la scala è in cucina
  • the ladder is in the bathroom = la scala è in bagno
  • the ladder is in the cellar = la scala è in cantina
  • the ladder is in the yard = la scala è in cortile
  • the statue is in the square = la statua è in piazza
  • we go to the swimming pool = andiamo in piscina (not "...alla piscina")
  • he works at the bank = Lui lavora in banca (not "...alla banca")

but if you put the possessive adjective or the owner of the room...

  • the ladder is in my kitchen = la scala è nella mia cucina
  • the ladder is in your bathroom = la scala è nel tuo bagno
  • the ladder is in the John's cellar = la scala è nella cantina di John
  • the ladder is in the neighbor's yard = la scala è nel cortile del vicino


My dictionary says that "scala" means scale but I was marked wrong. It's far more logical to have a scale in the kitchen than a stair.


scala -> scale is in a particular context, meaning on a scale of 1-10, or to do with cartography (This map scale is 1cm:100km). Or possibly meaning on a grand scale. Or even music scales, but not for measuring weight. The scale used for weighing is bilancia (think 'balance')


I would also say "to scale a mountain top or ladder", which gives me more understanding of why it's used for "ladder" in this context


I often hear and read both "kitchen scale" and "scala" (di cucina) and almost never the kitchen balance or bilancia (I mean in cuisine context only). I am very positive that ladder is an oddity here, even if some kitchens have furniture that definitely need a ladder to get things from the top shelf.


Interesting observation. In English there are two (or three) different ethymologies of the word "scale". The "gradation" meaning comes from Latin scala which means, well, "ladder". The "weight measuring" meaning comes from Old Norse skál which means "bowl". As you can see the two are completely unrelated, thus in Romance languages the "weight measuring" meaning is completely foreign. If you google "scala di cucina" you get mostly scales, but if you use the correct Italian phrase "scala da cucina" you get a lot of ladders too, although this is not a standard object in any way. I guess scales come from people not very familiar with the Italian language or this is a new trend under English influence, which is still not accepted by dictionaries.


D'accordo! I was thinking also that the very famous opera house in Milan is La Scala...The Scale....makes sense, no?


Why is it "in cucina" for this sentence, and not "nella cucina"?


Look through the comments. The top comment answers your question perfectly. :)


I asked the same question in previous sentences and someone told me that there's an exception for kitchen.


I more or less got the general atmosphere of a clueless traveller who is completely lost in some youth hostel constantly searching for the soap and the showers, but the ladder in the kitchen brings this lesson to new heights.


I entered "in our kitchen", but it was marked wrong. I thought it was implicit with the verb form that the kitchen is "ours". We've seen this sort of implicit possessive before, so I thought it should apply here.


I haven't seen a rule for implicit-ness of a personal pronoun that is omitted, except for number two on this link, about personal articles of clothing or body parts.


Does "la scala" mean both "ladder" and "stairs"? Is there any way do distinguish in italian which one I mean (ladder or staris)?


ladder = scala - - ladders = scale
  rungs ladder = scala a pioli
  extension ladder = scala allungabile
  rope ladder = scala di corda

stair (step) = scalino - - stairs = scala/scale
  a flight of stairs = una rampa di scale
  two flights of stairs = due rampe di scale
  emergency stairs = scala di emergenza
  spiral staircase = scala a chiocciola 


why is "in cucina" used in this example when the one just before it had the same sentence but required "nella cucina"?


Is there a difference between scala and scale? Or both mean ladder or stair?


in Italian, the main meaning of "scala" is ladder/stairs.
"Scale" is the plural of scala


a previous question with the same structure accepted "in cucina" as my kitchen. now it is marked wrong. why?


"in cucina" means in the kitchen, but if you want a possessive (my kitchen) then you need to add an article after the word "in", and that changes it to "nella":

  • in + il = nel in + il mio = nel mio
  • in + la = nella in + la mia = nella mia

Non ho una scala nella mia cucina (I do not have a ladder in my kitchen)

Non ho una scala in cucina (I do not have a ladder in the kitchen)

Does that help?


Saying stair for "Scala' instead of "stairway" - how can that be incorrect?


It was already answered xD


Have not is the same as do not have.


I'm Pretty Sure "I Have Not A Ladder" Is Improper, Or Atleast A Really Odd Way Of Phrasing It. "I Have No Ladder" Or "I Don't Have A Ladder" Makes Far More Sense.


Having, or not having, a ladder in the kitchen is a bit "eccentric". Having, or not having, a stairs in the kitchen is much more realistic yet I was marked wrong for "We do not have a stairs in the kitchen".


Stairs not a stairs. And if you live in a palazzo, a ladder in the kitchen seems not to be eccentric.


I've stayed in a couple of apartments in converted townhouses in Italy lately and I can believe that such an arrangement might not be as eccentric in that country as I would have once thought.

As to "stairs" vs "a stairs", I'd say either is acceptable where I live. Stairs would be synonymous with stairway or staircase and you would say "a staircase" so "a stairs" could be used also. So I could say "Are there stairs in the house?" or "Is there a stairs in the house?". I accept that this might be a colloquial usage though.


We learn using the programme which has limited answers and it means that sometimes you give proper and right answer but the programme does not recognize it as a right because the programmer has not thought about more right answers. I have had many examples of it. Plenty is acceptable but a lot no. They do not have or They have no etc. I would not treat some answers too serous if you know that in your real life you speak differently but right.


"A Stairs" Is Definitely Not Proper Grammar, Just "Stairs" Or "A Stair" (As In A Staircase) Would Be Better. Also, What World Do You Live In Where It'd Be More Realistic To Have Stairs In Your Kitchen Then A Ladder, Especially If, As I'd Guess, This Is Referring To A Stepladder?


Why was "we have no ladder in the kitchen" marked wrong?


What’s wrong with We have no ladder in the kitchen?


"Step ladder" is surely as acceptable as "ladder"?


I wrote: "We have no ladder in the kitchen" and that was wrong. I reported it as "My answer should be accepted".


Would This Refer To A Stepladder?


Non abbiamo una scala in cucina. We don't have stairs in the kitchen Was marked correct for me.


One ladder... nonsense!


Under the translations for abbiamo, it says "We own..." So I wrote "We do not own..." and it marked it wrong. Can someone enlighten me?


It seems to me that the verb "to own" is independent place. So to say "I own a ladder in the kitchen" is not correct in english.


I think that programmer has not included other meani g of have like own or posses.


sound quality.. speaker says UN scala INNA cucina. Also most of the sentences spoken.. especially the last couple of words which appear to drop off.. are very fuzzy, and difficult to hear even in slow mo. Do I need a better set of speakers? Did others hear UN scala INNA cucina?


Another odd statement when translated to english. It would be more useful to know how to communicate about a step stool -- not a stairway or ladder.


We cannot get to the other room, since we do not have a ladder in the kitchen.


Why not? Richard Branson


Ma allora, se la scala non è in cucina, dove è?

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    we have no ladder(s) in the kitchen are not accepted? should they be?


    the sentence did not say Non abbiamo una scala in LA cucina! yet the answer require in THE kitchen!!


    Why "we don't have a ladder..." is wrong


    È normale avere una scala in cucina?


    Perché non una "Stair"


    when do you need the articles in combination with in? Duo also says: lei cucina nella cucina. But here it reafs in cucina.


    what? where else do you keep your ladder! blasphemy

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