"My parents are lawyers."
Translation:I miei genitori sono degli avvocati.
Many grammar rules are like French instead of Spanish. Here "degli" would be the French equivalent of "des" (mes parents sont des avocats). In Spanish no replacement for "degli", it would be wrong and the right way would be "mis padres son abogados). You can figure out each word as they are pretty similar.
As a rule, you always need the article with possessive adjectives in Italian except for family members in singular or some idiomatic phrases: http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare132a.htm http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare124a.htm
- il mio gatto
- mia sorella
- mio padre
- i miei genitori
I can't understand the difference. A minute ago I had the sentence about mario and luigio are plumbers. I wrote SONO GLI IDRAULICI and that was accepted. here imo is the same structure , but the accepted answers DEGLI or without any article, while GLI as in the previous sentence is wrong. Why??? Please somebody clear it up! Please!!!
• I miei genitori sono degli avvocati.
• I miei genitori sono avvocati
• [ My parents are lawyers. ]</pre>
Whilst I'm glad that these translations are accepted, I'm still curious why "degli" was required in the first place.
Hopefully I'd be able to get some insights from la mia brava insegnante.
I used this construction and Duolingo marked it right. One of the Italian students pointed out that if we use the verb "fare," we need the definite article. I, too, was confused by the use of "degli," until I tried it in Google Translator, which is always an adventure, it worked well, there. I suspect that idiomatically it implies "my parents are of the legal profession." A little more flowery, perhaps, but I will keep working with it. The trick, here, I think, is the use of the verb, "essere." Buona fortuna, tutti!
Here is an explanation I got from someone on an app called HiNative when asking about why do you use ‘degli’ (or not) and about using ‘gli’ instead.
Degli is articulated preposition, in English “of the”. You can say: I miei genitori sono avvocati. (here you are describing them) I miei genitori sono degli avvocati. (you’re still describing them. The preposition degli is used before plural male names starting with a vowel) Sure, you can say I miei genitori sono gli avvocati, but in certain cases for example I miei genitori sono gli unici avvocati della zona. (of a part of the city)
In case anyone else is being driven nuts by this one, PaulDAmbra pointed out, much further down here, that DL picks up on a mis-spell. I was mis-spelling 'avvocati' without even realising it. Check in case that is happening to you. It stops the 'degli' mystery, which was making me climb the wall in sheer frustration. Thank you Paul!
Fanno is acceptable. Was there a mistake somewhere else in your sentence if it was not correct? I miei genitori fanno gli avvocati.
My research suggests using the verb fare for professions and essere for stating work a person does, but isn't what that person considers themselves to be; say an artist working at a shoppe.
Because you mix the two possible right solutions here: Either it is (1) "I miei genitori sono degli avvocati" or (2) "I miei genitori fanno gli avvocati" To help me distinguish these two I think of the following translations: (1) My parents are of the lawyers(group) (2) My parents make the lawyers(work). So you can understand, that (1) needs the "of the"="degli" and (2) only the (plural) "the"=gli As written above one is also allowed to shorten the first answer to (3) "I miei genitori sono avvocati" !
With family members, the article is not used in the singular for possessive. You do need to use the article for plural. Mio fratello/ i miei fratelli. In addition, as far as I can tell, you do have to use the article in the singular when you're talking about any family members beyond nuclear family + grandparents. I am still uncertain about aunts and uncles and cousins.
Ciao Rafa, I'm trying to understand what you're trying to say. We already established that "I miei genitori fanno gli avvocati" is accepted, which is logical, but your answer "i miei genitori fanno l'avvocato" is confusing. Why do you think you can use singular "l'avvocato"? After all parents are two, if someone doesn't have one parent, than it would be singular, but you usually wouldn't use "a parent" but rather "mother" of "father".
Thanks, this is the answer I was looking for.
"Fare l'avvocato" (or any other profession) is an Italian expression which I still don't fully comprehend. It had not yet appeared in plural form, so I didn't know if it was a fixed expression or if it varied by number.
It seems that:
- yes, it can be used for more than one professional;
- yes, it declines by number.
I am just here by curiosity i wanted to know about " i miei" because i thought the article was not necessary for some family member?
Bjt I think you should know my example has no "degli" in the sentence. so it should be correct if duo gave it to me as a model of sentence.
Try to Check details in the sentence carefully; it is tricky sometimes i have to read it a bunch of times before I see subtle mistakes.
Hope you are good everyone.
Perhaps you made a typo that you didn't notice, or something. There are two ways you can find out what went wrong: (1) Usually Duo will give the correct answer (or A correct answer) at the bottom of the screen after rejecting your answer. (2) At the end of the lesson, there is a button marked "review" at the bottom of the screen. If you click that button, you will be taken to a new window where you can see all the exercises from that lesson, your own answer, and the "correct" answer.
Perhaps you made a typo, or something. In any case, there are two ways you can find out what went wrong:
(1) After marking your answer wrong, Duo will usually give the correct answer - or anyway A correct answer - at the bottom of the screen.
(2) At the end of the lesson, there will be a button at the bottom of the screen labeled "review." If you click that, you will be taken to a page where you can compare your answer to a correct answer for each of the exercises in the lesson.
The limitation is that Duo will only give ONE correct answer, in either case.