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"Hai un cane?"

April 1, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sacredmaiden

Should "You have a dog" be acceptable here too?

April 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Chris_Chow

Yes, that is what I put, except I had a question mark at the end of it.

June 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/banay

i still dont understand how to build a question sentence. can some1 help me out with that?

April 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mukkapazza

It is pretty easy as long as you don't compare it to the way questions are structured in English, because that will get confusing:

  • Take an affirmative sentence (Hai un cane)
  • Add a question mark (Hai un cane?)

With interrogative pronouns and adverbs, the situation changes a bit:

  • Take an affirmative sentence (Tu hai un cane)
  • Rule of thumb, place the pronoun/adverb at the beginning (Chi ha un cane? Perché hai un cane? Cosa hai?)

That's a good way to start, but you will find other ways of forming questions as you go along :)

April 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mtantillo

Curious: How would you differentiate between "You have a dog?" and "Do you have a dog?" There's no actual Italian word for "do" in this sentence, even though it's marked correct. Is it more of a context thing?

May 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mukkapazza

There is no auxiliary do in Italian :) The difference between "You have a dog?" (maybe with an incredulous tone) and "Do you have a dog?" (unbiased curiosity) is not all that different and in Italian would be marked with a different tone and maybe conjunctions.

May 15, 2013
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