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"La torta della donna è dolce."

April 10, 2013

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Why isn't this phrase "La torta donna è dolce."? The description/translation of "della" to "some" threw me off.

April 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/joakimbertil

"Della" means "of" in this context. "The cake of the woman/the woman's cake". It marks possession. It is also used as an article for things in plural, which aren't counted. Maybe it's easier to grasp if you translate that to "a couple of"/"a bit of" etc. instead of "some" because of the "of" in there but really there isn't really a proper translation for it. It's just something you have to use in Italian, which you don't in English.

April 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ghare

Why is the translation of torta to tart not a right answer?

April 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/joakimbertil

I guess tart is too specific. A torta is a cake, a round sweet pastry. I mean, a tart is a cake but not all cakes are tarts. See what I mean?

April 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ghare

I see what you mean, however, in many of the other translations, torta is translated to tart.

April 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/joakimbertil

Hmm, then I'm out :D

April 17, 2013
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