"It is the food!"
Translation:È il cibo!
The options on my screen are "È cibo!", "È il cibo!", and "Il cibo!" (which I know is not the answer). The accent on the "E" for the first two options is the same meaning "it is", the main difference is that one option omits the definitive article "il" before "cibo". Duolingo has always accepted that when no word is placed between the verb and noun it is to be considered the same as using "the", so why are the two options not both correct?
If I get an accent wrong in Duolingo Spanish, I'm just told to pay attention to the accents, then I'm allowed to go on to the next question. (There is no why I can check out this Italian sentence from this discussion thread to tell you how it works here, but it should be the same.) I do my exercises on a computer. Duolingo supplies the accented letters below the sentence for computer users. Don't you get that on your phone app.? If you don't, just type the "E". Don't add the apostrophe to the E (E')and see if that works for you.
It's just pointing out the difference between è (grave e) and é (acute e). Both are used in Italian a lot so they're just trying to train your eye to notice the marks.
From wiki: in Italian, these accents are used only if it's the last letter of the word.
Example: perché (why/because, /perˈke/). Compare with caffè (coffee, /kafˈfɛ/), which has a grave accent.
The grave accent marks the stressed vowels of words in Catalan and Italian. A general rule is that in Italian, words ending with stressed -a, -i, -o, or -u must be marked with a grave accent. Words ending with stressed -e may bear either an acute accent or a grave accent, depending on whether the final e sound is closed or open, respectively.
So the difference is basically how they sound.
- é (acute) - closed sound
- è (grave) - open sound
Pay attention to the accents. È il cibo!
What is with the 'thing' on top of the "e"? I think it is 'accent' maybe? What does it change? Does it change the pronunciation? Or does it change the meaning of the word (for example caffè means coffee and caffe means something else)?