"The rice is mine."

Translation:Il riso è mio.

April 7, 2013



E' il mio riso??

April 7, 2013


[ Il riso è mio. The rice is mine. ]

[ Il riso è il mio. The rice is mine. ]

The definite article with possessive pronoun is contextually obliged, optional or excluded:

With some family member names in the singular the definite article is excluded, not optional, otherwise the expression awkward: [don't use "il mio padre" (my father) unless making a distinction ("il mio padre adottivo" vs "il mio padre naturale" but "mio padre"); however "il mio papà" (my dad) is perfectly fine.] [Using "il mio padre" sounds funny and gives you away as a foreigner"]

[Matteo 6:9 « Padre Nostro che sei ne' cieli » « Matteo 6:14: il vostro Padre celeste » https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padre_nostro · Aramaic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=locW-9S00VU ]

· [ definite article is not used with some family member names in the singular: marito, moglie, padre, madre, figlio, figlia, fratello, sorella ] [ exceptions to the exclusion: «mamma » « papà: il mio papà » & family members preceded by loro « il loro fratello » « il suo buon padre » « la sua cara madre » ] [ · possessive adjective is not expressed · when referring to body parts · if the owner is evident from the context · ] see cited sources for more details: https://www.thoughtco.com/italian-possessive-adjectives-2011454 · https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/101220/Definite-plus-possessive-article · · citato dal nativo italiano - https://www.duolingo.com/f.formica ·

July 7, 2018

  • 1951

The issue raised by "È il mio riso" is not "mio" vs "il mio" but rather "The rice is mine" vs "It is my rice".

July 7, 2018


I was just reading comments about requiring an article before the possesive, but the answer doesn't have the article. Am I missing something?

January 22, 2016

  • 1951

The article is optional, although it means something subtly different with or without. I can't remember which is which off the top of my head, but one emphasizes this (and not that) is mine and the other emphasizes this is mine (and not hers).

January 22, 2016


The article is optional for the possessive pronoun. It is mostly required for the possessive adjective, but there are exceptions for certain expressions and with a single family member.

July 30, 2018

  • 1951

Saying it's "optional" is misleading. With vs without is not interchangeable.

"La gatta è la mia" means "The CAT (and not something else) is mine."
"La gatta è mia" means "The cat is MINE (and not someone else's)."

July 30, 2018


Thank you! Where did you find this information? I could think of the first as “The cat is the thing that is mine.” which has “the” twice and will help me remember.

July 31, 2018


It gives the same meaning, but also a different translation: "È il mio riso" is "It is my rice"

April 8, 2013

  • 1951

Similar (but not exactly the same) semantic meaning, different grammar.

July 23, 2014


What's this? No article with the possessive mio on the translation, but at the top here it's il mio. It's not very consistent.

August 9, 2015

  • 1951

The definite article with the possessive pronoun is optional, which makes both translations valid.

August 9, 2015


How do you know the differnce between mia and mio

October 18, 2014

  • 1951

mia is "my (singular feminine thing)"
mio is "my (singular masculine thing)"
mie is "my (plural feminine things)"
miei is "my (plural masculine things)"

All of the possessives agree this way:
tua, tuo, tue, tuoi
sua, suo, sue, suoi
nostra, nostro, nostre, nostri
vostra, vostro, vostre, vostri

[EDITED to have consistent order for clarity.]

October 19, 2014


Are you saying tuoi and suoi are plural feminine? That's following the order of the example

November 21, 2014

  • 1951

Good catch. Not sure how I swapped the order around. Those are masculine plural. I'll edit that for clarity.

November 21, 2014


It's the masculine plural. Tuoi = plural of tuo Suoi = plural of suo

The feminine plural is tue (fem of tua) and sue (fem of sua)

June 14, 2018


Ouch. I am just beginning to study italian and its pretty confusing :-/

November 9, 2015


could you say "Il riso e mio" as in "il cane e mio" ? (my keys don't have the accent mark)

June 16, 2014


Use the on-screen buttons just below where you type your answer.

August 21, 2014


You need to use the accent because without it, e means and, so it would mean "the dog and mine."

July 15, 2015


It isn't risotto?

October 25, 2014


Riso is the ingredient rice. Risotto a specific Italian dish containing rice as the staple ingredient.

April 28, 2018


I put il mio riso - is that acceptable?

January 5, 2015

  • 1951

No, that's just "my rice".

February 6, 2015


Why doesn't it accept Il riso è mia?

February 5, 2015


Riso is masculine so it needs the masculine mio instead of the feminine mia.

February 28, 2015


It corrected my answer: il riso è il mio !!

June 26, 2015


Sono il mio riso - is not the same?

August 27, 2015

  • 1951

Different grammatical structure (wrong verb form notwithstanding).

È il mio riso = It is my rice. Possessive article.

Il riso è (il) mio = The rice is mine. Possessive pronoun.

August 27, 2015


Wow you are very belpful

September 21, 2015


Why is it "il mio" not "i mio"

October 2, 2015

  • 1951

Because it has to agree singular and masculine with "rice".

October 3, 2015


Thanks Rae for pointing that out! It seems from the lessons, and my limited exposure to Italian (I'm a native English speaker, so not very sure about this)-that maybe "Il riso è mio" stresses that it's mine (and not hers) whereas "Il riso è il mio" stresses that this rice (not the other rice) is mine. Like, "il riso è mio" has no article to focus on the fact that "the rice is MINE." While I like to think that "il riso è il mio" is saying "the rice is (THE thing that is) mine."

November 11, 2016


Is the E' necessary in this sentence?

December 22, 2016

  • 1951

Yes. That's the verb.

December 22, 2016


Il riso è mio, the rice is mine. How do we know to say what mia,mio,mie,miei.

April 5, 2018

  • 1951

The possessive, like any other adjective, must agree in gender and number with the noun its attached to. Therefore it is always "il riso è (il) mio" regardless of who you are.

il mio is "my (singular masculine thing)"
i miei is "my (plural masculine things)"
la mia is "my (singular feminine thing)"
le mie is "my (plural feminine things)"

All of the possessives agree this way:

il tuo; i tuoi; la tua; le tue
il suo; i suoi; la sua; le sue
il nostro; i nostri; la nostra; le nostre
il vostro; i vostri; la vostra; le vostre
il loro; i loro; la loro; le loro

April 5, 2018
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