The same way: La pasta nel piatto e' la sua. "La sua" is feminine either way because it refers to the feminine noun "la pasta", not who it belongs to
Then why is it wrong to say hers instead of his if no further context has been given?
But the is not saying nel. Its saying nelle or nella. Please take note.
I'm confused which one is a definite he/she. Seems like we can use la sua for both his and hers? It is quite confusing.
When it's used for ownership it conjugates to the thing owned--in this case the pasta, which is feminine as a word, regardless of whether it's a man or woman it belongs to.
How would you say "it's yours" in the polite form ? I thought it was "è la sua" but duolingo told me I was wrong. Is i because the capital S is missing ?
Right! Whenever you wish to translate using the formal you, check if the appropriate terms are capitalized. It isn't absolutely necessary beyond Duolingo but here it does make learning easier and you'll never be penalized for the capitalization in real life :)
Trouble being, when you speak, you cannot capitalise letters. So how can you tell then.
I don't get it .... How do they decide its "his" and that "hers" is wrong? This makes no sense to me
Ok, what I got wrong was her plate as opposed to the plate that is hers. yikes
I understand that the possessive is modifying the noun pasta, rather than the gender of the person to whom someone is referring. The problem I am having with this is that out of context, there is no way for me to correctly identify whether it is his, hers, yours etc.
So if la sua means both means his and hers how on earth do you tell what they mean?
I would think context? If more specific language was needed, I'm sure a person would just go for that instead. So, if there were a group of people, and it could belong to any of them, someone might use a name "the pasta on the plate is John's," or say "the pasta on the plate belongs to that woman in the blue dress." But in a case where it's not specified, I would just assume the greater conversation would make it clear what you intend.
I thought because pasta is fem. It would be 'hers (la sua) its confusing...
What is wrong with: Her pasta is on the plate? Suo can be used either for he or she and essencially means the same.
You changed the sentence. It is "The pasta on the plate is hers." Hers in this sentence is a pronoun used as the predicate nominative. Her in your sentence is an adjective. DuoLingo is trying to teach all the parts of speech.
"Pasta" is pastry or pasta? If this is correct, how does one distinguish which is which?
I guess it's like English "pie" -- which can mean a type of dessert or a pizza?
I thought that, too. But after listening to the turtle version a few more times, I actually think it's the voice over just over-stressing the "L" sound. But initially that's what I thought she was saying as well.
Okay. So, i said the pasta on the plate is yours and it was counted wrong. Duo said it should be the pasta on the plate is hers.
Then i come to the comments to hopefully understand better and the answer given at the top is the very sentence that was marked wrong when i gave it as an answer.
What gives? Anybody?
"The meal on the plate is his"
Pasta is used as meal on other exercises, why is it wrong this time?
She said nella not nel. This making me get a lot of things wrong, because of the voice, saying it wrong.
How do we know that the pasta is his rather than hers, masculine vs. feminine. Couldn’t it be either.
"La sua" is singular feminine So why does it become wrong when i say "her" !??????????
How are you supposed to know if it's his or hers when there's no way to tell gender from these stupid possessives?