I confirm... It is more correct and "usual" to say: "Noi beviamo l'acqua"
The omission of the article is possible in Italian but it follows precise rules
nevertheless the expression "Noi beviamo acqua" is acceptable but with a meaning of "some water" instead... for example "Beviamo acqua tutti giorni" = "Beviamo dell'acqua (or un po' d'acqua) tutti i giorni"
There was no "l". The sentence was "we drink water". Not "we drink the water"
You are right . The translation of: "Noi beviamo acqua" is We drink water...
But without a subject "noi", we could translate the same way in which Duolinguo suggests: "Let us drink water".
In Italian the first -person plural of present indicative and the first person plural of exhortative subjunctives are identical.
I leave a link , but it is in Italian ... sorry :)... I hope that helps
You can see this link but it's in Italian http://italianoperstranieri.loescher.it/archivio-di-grammatica.n445
For the verbs I have found this one http://www.italian-verbs.com/verbi-italiani/coniugazione.php?verbo=bere.
Not confused but i think that from knowing spanish prior to learning italian i feel like words such as bevono and beviamo are in the past tense, so in my mind i always want to say "the men drank". Anyone have something to fix this, or a different way to think of the word?
You're right. The "personal pronouns" in Italian are... unusual.
It is much more common to find: "beviamo", without noi.
The presence of the pronoun, in this or in other cases, suggests that I want to emphasize a contrast between "noi" and... "others".
noi beviamo acqua, mentre VOI bevete sempre vino! ~ We drink water while You always drink wine!
Conjugation of verbs in Italian is a bit more complicating than in English, where you only have to think about adding an -s to the end of the verb (present simple). Every personal pronoun needs a different form of verb. Regular Italian verbs follow three different conjugation patterns depending on the endings of the infinitive form of the verb (1. -are, 2. -ere, 3. -ire). Verb "bevere" (to drink) falls into the 2nd one. You get the right form of verb by dropping the infinitive ending –ere and adding the appropriate ending to the resulting stem. Here is a table for conjugations: http://goo.gl/zywAT
Beviamo, Beve, bevi, and Bevo are all for the action of drinking. Beviamo is when a plural number of people are drinking. Bevi is when a Male is drinking. Beve is when a Female is drinking. And Bevo is when you are drinking. NOTE: When you are saying, "You drink" then you would use Bevo because you are not saying she or he. So therefore since you are not defining a gender then you would say Bevo for either Me, Myself, I, and You.