"Io ne conosco qualcuna così."

Translation:I know some like this.

April 17, 2013



What does "ne" mean in this sentence; it doesn't seem to be in the translation. Also: how can "qualcuna" be translated as "some" - isn't it singular?

April 17, 2013

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In this case it's probably "of them", but you wouldn't guess without context: "La mia ragazza ama il calcio" "Ne conosco qualcuna così" ("My girlfriend loves football" "I know some [girls] like that"). "Qualcuna" isn't singular because it's the contraction of qualche+una (compare some+one = someone): "qualche" always needs a singular after it, but the meaning is some, a few.

April 17, 2013


1) "Qualcuna" IS singular because it's the contraction of qualche+una and una IS singular 2) I would prefer to see "someone like her" instead of "some like that"

May 26, 2013


Thanks. That explains a lot.

November 15, 2014


forse comprendo, grazie.

April 20, 2013


I'm following most of this, thank you. But in a previous example "qualcuna" was translated "someone" - "qualcuna sa che ora e'?" It doesn't always have to mean someone?

September 14, 2013

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Actually, "qualcuna sa che ora è?" would be extremely rare in Italian; the masculine is used even when addressing a group of girls, unless there's a partitive, like "qualcuna di voi", or the "ne" in this sentence. In such cases, though, you'd say "some of you" or "some of them", rather than "someone of you" and "someone of them", right? If the sentence had been "Io conosco qualcuna così" (although "Io conosco qualcuno così" would be much more common, even when speaking of a woman), the translation would have been "I know someone like that".

September 14, 2013


Fernando, thanks for the explaination. I'm still cofused about "ne," though. Apparently, by equating "ne" and "non" as "neither/nor" in English as an attempt to understand, I have led myself astray. Aiute, per favor? Grazie.

March 14, 2016

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The one correlating with "non" (or with itself) to form "neither/nor" is (ni in French as you're studying it): ne (en in French) instead is a clitic pronoun with a number of uses. Typically, it's a partitive (of it, of them), but sometimes it can express departure (i.e. from there) and sometimes it just forms pronominal verbs, i.e. it forms a new verb meaning. In English you don't always specify, e.g. "I have one" implies "of X": in Italian you have to (e.g. "ne ho uno").

March 14, 2016


The point is that one is expected to translate a puzzling sentence, with no context, into a form of English that would never be spoken by a native speaker. Any attempt to produce something that sounds like real English is marked wrong. Very frustating.

April 27, 2015


I too would like to know why 'ne' is used here.

June 22, 2014


So I guess a literal translation would be "I know some of them like this" but in English we would say "I know people like this"

June 23, 2014


Why is "I know some one like that" wrong?

December 22, 2014


"I know someone like that," is accepted July 2018

August 1, 2018


I worte "I know some of them like this" and I got it wrong, why?

February 17, 2014


(American English speaker) In English we would either say "I know some like this" or "I know some of them" (which would be a different sentence in Italian)

March 8, 2014


I would report it - it sounds right to me (native English speaker)

November 15, 2014


Never used to use ne so far!

June 25, 2017


Still dont know what it means. Qualcuna, per favore

July 23, 2017

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I think "I know a few like this" should be accepted as well. Duolingo has different standards as far as accepting related translations.

August 25, 2017



May 25, 2018


I know someone like her - DL didn't like it, but is it definitely wrong? Just wondering....

June 18, 2018


Very confusing sentence.

July 14, 2018

March 31, 2019


Why : "I know someone like her" does not work? Isn't it a qualcunA?

April 8, 2019


The 'ne' i understand, but why is 'qualcuno' not accepted?

May 24, 2019


Does qualcuna always refer to a person? I tried "something like that", but that was wrong.

June 5, 2019
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