"You are the man."
Translation:Tu sei l'uomo.
i can't understand "the" in italian language. If its before an vowel, than it is: L' If its before a consonant, than it is IL
am i right?
Yes, il becomes l' before nouns starting with a vowel. This page covers all versions of Italian's definite article: http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare110a.htm
I'm unable to read the 'about' pages and most other pages.
Very happy to be able to read Duolingo. In French we use l' before vowels AND Before unaspirated consonants like 'H' where the h can't be heard, (Sans espoir).
Question: is this also true in Italian grammar ?
No an error. Essere is the non conjugated is it breaks down as, (I am) Io sono (You are(familiar) Tu sei (He/She is) Lui è/Lei è (We are) Noi siamo (You(group) are) Voi siete (They are) Loro sono
Why do we say "sei un genio" for "you are genius" but here we say "tu sei" for "you are"?
Italian, like some other languages, often does not need the pronoun because the verb already makes it clear. Both "tu sei un genio" and "sei un genio" are correct and mean the same.
went through the comments, didn't got why "Voi siete l'uomo" wrong? why couldn't it be a polite form for You in singular
It's formal you:
(informal - singular) - Tu (formal - singular) - Lei
(informal - plural) - Voi (formal - plural) - Loro
"The correct answer is: 'tu 6 l'uomo'." I know some Italian numbers from elsewhere, so I know that 6 = sei in Italian, but this answer is confusing for a new learner. :(
Tu sei l'uomo = you are the MAN (You singular)
Voi siete gli uomini = you are the MEN (you plural)
How would I know when to use stare vs essere? For example, the correct translation for this one is "Tu sei l'uomo." Is "Tu stai l'uomo" also correct?
A deep subject, and throw in "avere" too, which also takes some of the functions of "to be" in English. https://serenaitalian.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/difference-between-stare-and-essere/
è is third person singular "to be"; this sentence needs second person singular, sei. (also è, "is", not to be confused with e, "and")
Does this app actually help u learn italian or is it just understanding basics