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"Il giorno è giovedì."

Translation:The day is Thursday.

June 12, 2014



I put "today is thursday" and I got it wrong :(


It is sometimes difficult to know whether to translate literally OR translate into good English!

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There is nothing grammatically wrong with "The day is Thursday".


But it is more natural to say "It is Thursday". I agree with the original poster. There are many sentences that Duolingo will want translations in natural English and many where it will want something more literal. Often when, and why, one or the other is required is completely unclear.


"It is Thursday" makes it sound like we are talking about today. That is, without context. However, "the day" is not necessarily today.


But nobody speaks like that


My first thought: Who talks like this?!

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The day is Thursday. The time is 7:00pm. The place is your living room. Get ready for an all-new season of [Your Favorite Show Here].


And the name is Bond.


True. Initially, though, 'the day is Thursday' sounds rather odd to a native English speaker. You have to put it into some kind of context to get a sensible meaning.


Far too formal, no-one would say "the day is thursday", unless they were being sarcastic eg you've forgotten an appointment or taking the mick!

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Is that the day he dies in winter? Do we find out who 'he' is in a later lesson? ...and HOW he'll die? O_O


I've changed my mind. I can imagine it in a sentence that goes " The day is thursday, the time is midnight and all are asleep".


Yes, this would work, IF a context is provided, as you do here.


I agree with all of the posters here. The problem is the lack of context in the phrase, so it is difficult to guess that this is the translation that Duo wants. Even so, Anglophones would rarely use this translation. If I try to think of a context, one might want to ask for the day of the week in relation to a specific date or event, as in, "Which day of the week is (that)?" However, in such as case, the reply would be, "It is (a) Thursday" or as in Rae's example, "The day [of the concert] is Thursday." Context is needed. I often find Duo's examples are contrived, so try to take them with a 'grain of salt.' The lessons and tests , although sometimes frustrating, are a fun way to become exposed to a language, both visually and aurally, especially when there are no other speakers around.

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