There are two ways that I know:
- I miei bambini non mangiano formaggio. (younger children)
- I miei figli non mangiano formaggio. | My children/My boys do not eat cheese.
if you use Le mie bambine/figlie you are actually only talking about your female children (My daughters)
If all my children are female (and they are) "My children" is impeccably correct.
why is the "le" used in this case? I assumed the articles are not used with family members.
How come in the last question, 'figlie' meant children (and I got it wrong) so put children in this question, and got it wrong again because it means daughters?? How are we meant to know without knowing who we are talking about?
The last letter changes with the gender. Figlio is one son, and figlia is one daughter. Figlie is used for two or more daughters, and figli is for two or more sons - but figli is also used for a group of children when there is at least one son. In general if a group of anything has at least one male member, you use 'i', the masculine plural. Feminine plural, 'e', is strictly for exclusively female groups.
Sorry but im just a little thrown off here...
Why is 'I miei...' not used for the plural, is it just because its figliE, with E on the end?
I said, "My girls do not eat cheese" and it was wrong. If I talk about my sons I might also say, "my boys" and for my daughters, I might say "my girls." I would say that "daughters" is slightly more formal than "girls."But shouldn't both be acceptable?
The way you use it, that makes sense. I think they just want to make sure you know the differences between bambine, ragazze, and figlie.