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"Gli uomini bevono acqua."

Translation:The men drink water.

April 22, 2013

125 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TomBuck1

I want to be sure my ears aren't deceiving me. Is "gli" pronounced "Lee". I don't hear the sound of the g, but I'm not 100% on this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pedro_Aredes

"Gli" is pronounce as "lli"(spanish) or "lhi"(portuguese); as the other guy said, this sound doesn't exist in english.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Valeria907605

"Gli" isn't pronounced "lli" in spanish, it's pronounced "gli". It's not even a word.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/noelledford

No, the woman is just not very good at saying the words.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pedro_Aredes

Nope, it's ok for me


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TimothyDel2

Gli is not a sound we pronounce in the English language Like in Spanish how they roll their R's Gnocchi is not pronounced knock-i If you can learn how to pronounce it correctly pronouncing gli becomes easier Try moving your tongue to the top of your gums like you would with the T but further back Look it up and practice you'll get it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kenya_rucker

gli makes the yee sound - my italian teacher told me


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karol_Gherard

That's incorrect, the pronunciation doesn't exist in English. You gotta say "gli" as "lli" in Spanish or "lh" in Portuguese.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ErvinWilneder

In Argentine we pronounce "lli" as "shi"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrantCS

Think of it as "lyi"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julija19933

Its a softer sound closer to yee than lee. Kinda like the difference between n and ñ in spanish


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GlicerioBr

More like lyee with subtle y.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mingpei_101

i didn't hear the g either and uomini sounded like vomini'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RedBelvetCake

I think it is pronounced "lee"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IKnowIAmAw

No, in Italy, they do not say some words.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nuurah

G is silent in this case.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MiraX87

No, it's just verry soft "g".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/robertaartioli

There's no G sound


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cheyenne1998

It is pronounced "Lee"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mukkapazza

That's for (1) man. You're right that l' is used in front of vowels, but not for plural nouns.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Romanum

Yes, why not l'aqua?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Franco_Incitti

It is correct both ways. If it is directly translated however, "l'acqua" means "the water" and "acqua" means water.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/L3thal1ty

thank you... was wondering this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/plnQD5ol

I still don't get it. How do you know when to use "acqua" or "l'acqua" instead? I thought all nouns in Italian had to have an article before the noun (i.e. "the", "a/an"). I also got a similar question - "the girls drink water" - but the answer was "le ragazze bevono l'acqua" rather than "le ragazze bevono acqua"

please help if you can, I am still confused. Is this maybe some mistake by Doulingo? Grazie!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuergenZirak

Is it a matter of emphasis or some connotation that would have me choose the variant with article over the one without (or vice versa)? Or are both fully equivalent?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vivisaurus

I'm not sure, but doesn't l'acqua mean the water?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamclf

vivisaurus is right :D ee... l'acqua mean the water so chosen or marked object ; but acqua mean just water ( it's general object) ı hope you (all) ! understand :D you all = voi ; you = tu when talking about one person


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/haedehr

"Les hommes boivent de l'eau" in French.. Im starting to like Italian


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ambitious66

My thoughts exactly.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yaashaar

Don't believe them! When men are together, chances are, they are drinking beer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rosedith

Agreed. I don't understand why it's OK to drop the article on some words but mostly it is required when it wouldn't be needed in English. Like "pesce" sometimes doesn't get an article. Seems to be only for eating and drinking things.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CodeVisio

I strongly believe it is related more how duolingo wants to train you than how much it is used in Italian. Usually, in Italian you don't use that sentence unless you want to have a particular effect. But even then I cannot recognize a scenario where it might be used. So, the article is very often used.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fernandoarg

In Italian the definite article can't be ignored.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LindyKMH

Can someone clarify 'gli' uomini = the men, l'uomo = the man? Thanks


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/soccer812

Is it l'acqua or acqua for water?????


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WEBHaunting

"L'acqua" is saying "THE water", and "acqua" is just "water." Gli uomini bevono acqua - "The men drink water" Gli uomini bevono l'acqua - "The men drink THE water" Hope this helps! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/soccer812

yes it does thankyou very much. (That was not meant to be smart)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/leliroza

I heard the sentence before reading and I froze! If I was in Italy, I would ask them to slow down and repeat five times, before I could understand. Lol...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RafaelMace639451

I wrote "a man drink water" and it spoke that I have erred


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shamarth

Gli uomini is plural, while a man is singular, that's why it didn't accept your answer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fudgie42

I don't really understand the meaning of 'gli'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fernandoarg

''GLI'' is the article for plural masculine nouns which start with s + consonant, z, y, x, gn, ps and a vowel. Examples: l'uomo - gli uomini / lo studente - gli studenti / lo zio - gli zii / l'ombrello - gli ombrelli


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/razrushost

Gli is plural male.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoshGommez

Something is killing me........ how do you say "the men are drinking" or is it the same as "gli uomini bevono.......???????


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ewwwitssteph

I'm pretty sure verbs from other tenses don't come until way later.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sean30sean

So gli is always secondary and the l' is singular?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IqbalTaufiq17

I translated it to "The men ((drinks)) water" and I got wrong. The correct answer is "The men drink water". Why? Did we use 's' at the end of the verb when the subject is 'The men' ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bunjaihooxd

Cause men is plural so it requires plural verb


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nestmuka

When i can use "Gli"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hjz418

When the subject is plural


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hjz418

Gli is the pluralized "the" whereas l', il, and la are singular. Which one you use depends on the subject


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RenaSilena

I wrote l'acqua why is it wrong


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pikachu227

Why is it the men drink water instead of the men drink THE water?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisHarri598492

Confused when to use beviamo bevete and bevono


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vangarde75

I may be off track here, but it looks like "Gli" is a plural "The", but I thought "Le was the Plural "The" When do we use one instead of the other?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brandizzi

I suspect "le" is the feminine plural article (le ragazze = the girls). "Gli" is the masculine plural.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gabriel130812

For some reason in this lesson everyone are SO thirsty...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TomPetz

bevono = they drink


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GinaCarrie

The word "bevono" seems to merge with "acqua" into one word. Is this how I'm supposed to pronounce it?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rose.rosaa

is (bevono) used for feminine and masculine plural both?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Franco_Incitti

"Bevono" is a conjugation of the verb "bere" meaning "to drink". Verbs do not follow gender and are conjugated based on the pronoun they are referring to.

"Bere" = "to drink":

io bevo

tu bevi

lui/lei beve

noi beviamo

voi bevete

loro bevono


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrewtc17

Why so many words for 1 thing XD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VivianEkey

I said l'acqua ... why mark it wrong? Seems a petty difference.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nospimi99

First, why does Uomo turn to uomini? I don’t understand that at all. Second I thought uomo meant man? That’s masculine, so “Gli” can’t replace L’ (Cause that’s feminine) , and if it replaces Lo, I thought Lo was for words that start with Z&S sounding consonants? Uomo doesn’t start with that sound.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brawny15

uomini is the plural form of uomo. Gli is the masculine definite article, not feminine.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adeleo22

I put "The mens drink water" So if its Gli uomini in plural. why it doesn't accept it? i got it wrong. please some one tell me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/saisitalian

My guess is because you can't say that in english, not because you have the wrong idea. You can't say "the mens." Men is already plural, you don't add an "s" to the end.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sam.Gal

(The men drink the water.) should be accepted.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Caleb947763

Why wouldn't l'uomini bevono acqua work?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PhoemelaAn

I'm confused, there's a lot of 'the's. When do I use il? La? L? Le? Gli? I probably sound stupid but ;;


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/w3CXDhsJ

I thought gli was those rather than the


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shailesh533028

What's the difference between "acqua" and "l'acqua"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Efi336925

Cant you leave the out of the options


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pringle41

So it cant be "il uomini" it has to be gli


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IamJustintime

Does the Gl make the γ sound as in Greek? (I can't relate this sound to Portuguese, spanish or any other romance language.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stuartburt4

Why is there a G at all?? Surely it should be just il for the?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/godslayer5

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thyago31

Why is "bevono acqua" and not "bevono l´acqua"? Is the use of the definite article not mandatory?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ricky581848

Is Gli just for "The Men" ... only when men is used?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/STUDENTCar795669

yayayayayayaya i got it write w/ the word bank yayayaya


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brandizzi

Why we say "gli uomini" but "i ragazzi". What is the difference between gli and i?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sian292108

How is l'acqua incorrect from acqua?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaggieNasr

Why "uomini" uses the article "Gli" ? I learned and it is written in doulingo tips that "I" is used before plural masculine nouns and "uomini" begins with a vowel, u, so why Gli uomini, not I uomini?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Regina155183

What are the rules to conjugate?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElMagnoPR0894

In what context do I use "Le" instead of "Gli"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RebeccaLew3

Why not l'acqua?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda916191

Why is it not "l acqua"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeonardoMay5

Chi beve, sa consolare..


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kiraboiiis

okay so like when do you use gli, le, lui, etc because all of thats confusing me i learn quickly i just need someone to explain please


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/s.dawn

Hi guys, i'm really confused and need help ha. Is for e.g siete, bevete the (te)..is that what makes the the sentence go from we drink water to we "all" drink water? or is that voi?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/s.dawn

Hi guys i'm really confused and need help ha, is the "te" " at the end of siete and bevete, is that what makes the sentence go from we drink water to..we "all" drink water, or would that be "voi".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ogundeko

I couldn't hear the pronunciation that's I couldn't get it right


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MacieHopki

When I put in my answer I said the man drinks water my answer should have been accepted


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ssarmi01

It said it a different way earlier, can someone tell me the difference?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/levantabuk

"man" is not correct????????


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lynnsay12

Why is it drink and not drinks? I know in engslish we always say drinks ive never heard somone say "the men drink water" it sounds weird to me . Now " the men drinks water" sounds better.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Telisa7

I drink, he/she drinks, you drink, they drink. It's the same with most verbs, adding an s only with he /she do the action.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SClark17

i cant figure out how to say it fast enough so i get it wrong


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sam.Gal

(The men drink water.) should be accepted.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trinity45080

gli is pronounced yee i am 11 and im trying to learn Italian because i am par italian


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Turiya6

it is so hard to pronounce this


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdrianaSou236957

The man drinks water.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shakrajimc

I confused how can say this sentence


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sofia716046

gli is not in english and it doesn't make sense.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaykenBrei

i think your a great man that is betterer than anyone else


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bakarymint

Can someone help me


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pikachu227

then why do you even type walck2

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