The on-screen feedback says the correct answer is "No, he is not a kid". But, this comment thread says the correct answer is "No he is not a boy" (which is the answer I originally gave). How do we know when "un ragazzo" is "a boy" versus "a kid"? And, in the end, don't they refer to the same thing (e.g., a young boy, not a man).
There is some usage (at least in the USA) of they as a singular pronoun--for sentences where gender is not a factor. Wiktionary includes they (singular usage) in their translations for first person singular Italian. They has been used that way in the US for at least fifty years now, but it has only recently been making its way into grammar texts.
I'm pretty sure he's not a baby goat either?
Please elaborate the grammatical/clausal reasoning? And please do use the correct nouns. This is a linguistics platform and thus, for the purpose of correct tutelage and pure understanding of the respective Languages; spoken and written. Otherwise; it's rather redundant
Dunno about everyone else, but i want to learn Italian. Not the colloquialisms...
Perhaps the phrase should read: No, lui è non regazzo ?? Regarding musculine and feminine; my answer should be correct, as it is clearly gender-specific sentence.
I agree, even in English we have different colloquialisms. But those colloquialisms change and differ depending on country and location.
There needs to be more teaching sentence structure and knowing what word to use and when to use it. In "Basics", "ragazzo" was always boy. Now in "Phrases" it's being used as kid.
With language it's important not to over look even the little details, as this can change the meaning.
It. ......is used with non living things. So rather illogical .using. 'It' as reference. Also, You cannot negate gender in this specific incomplete sentence, although you can say, "he is not a boy anymore, he is an adult now". Unless you wish to say, " he is not a boy, after operation, he is a transgender." Or else , he is not a boy, he is a s/he boy.
You have to guess based on context. In this sentence, DL accepts "No, she's not a boy" (implying that you're replying to someone who's mistaken a girl for a boy) as well as "No, he's not a boy/kid" (implying you're replying to someone who's guessed mistaken a teenager or man for a boy).
Ideally DL would also accept the neutral "No, they're not a boy" and the more formal "No, they're not a child", but you can't have everything!
i thought "e" translated to "is" or "it is" - strictly speaking wouldn't the translation be "No, it is not a boy" i would have thought the requirement would be for the negative translation of "he is" - wouldn't that be "Lui non e" or is the pronoun implied as in most other cases? I thought in written form to avoid ambiguity the inclusion of the pronoun would be required
The correct translation would be "No, he is not a boy". "È" is the third person of the verb "essere" (to be) and is translated as he/she/it. Since that form is gender neutral the gender is indicated by "ragazzo", which is male. If it would refer to a girl, the subject used had to be "ragazza". The translation "kid" which is used here is specifically not right because kid is translated with "bambino" into italian.
I entered, "No, I am not a kid." I see nothing to indicate if the subject is, "I, he, she, you (singular)". The only clue I got was, "ragazzo", showing the subject is singular. The male spelling of nouns is used in Latin-based languages when the gender of the subject is unknown.
Press and hold 'e' or 'E' till a popup of different 'e' characters appear. If they're numbered, press the number of the letter you want.
Alternative, add an Italian keyboard through your device's system keyboard settings.
Without the accent, 'e' means 'and', not 'is' or 'it is'.
The words "bambino" and "ragazzo" can both be translated as either "boy" or "kid" in English. "Kid" is more of a slang word and can be applied to boys of all ages, and even girls. "Bambino" is a baby boy, a child. "Ragazzo" is a youth, a lad, a teenager, a boyfriend. The difference between "bambino" and "ragazzo" is one of age, the difference between "boy" and "kid" is the register, "boy" being the proper or original word for a male from birth to maturity, and "kid" being the colloquial term. A "kid" is also a baby goat. ; )