If "io cucino LA carne" means "I cook meat," then can somebody please explain how I would say "I cook THE meat"? Like if I'm referring to a specific meat?
If you say "io cucino carne" I understand that you cook only meat
If you say "io cucino la carne" I understand that you will cook the meat
"Io cucino la carne" does mean "i cook the meat". if you wanted to say "i cook meat" then take out the article "la" to make it "Io cucino carne". I hope that i helped, even a little.
P.S. The word "carne" is used for meat in general, not for a specific type.
The correct answer for me was I cook meat. "The" wasnt even an option... so why was there a "la"?
No, Duo is right. Italian is not English: the use of the article differs. Italians say "la carne" when they speak about meat in general.
'Cane' and 'carne' are pronounced very similar...no doubt I'll get mixed up in the future.