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"The pasta on the plate is his."

Translation:La pasta nel piatto è la sua.

April 24, 2013



Because pasta is feminine. The possessive agrees in gender and number with the noun it modifies


So how do we know if its his or hers.


We don't, without context. His or her are both correct and should be acceptable.

In conversation we would have context, and we might know is it is his or her


I get all this and got the answer right. But this doesn't explain how, if we were given or read the Italian somewhere, one would know whether to translate "la sua" as 'his' or 'hers'. How would we know?


It relies on the context, you wont know without context


Ok. I know that ,if subject is feminine the articolo should be same. But I confused , the sentence in English should be "is her" instead of "is his" for exact translation.


No, because sua can mean either his or her


You REALLY need to provide better instruction on Italian articles and possessives. This is ridiculous!


Are you reading the lessons, clickable from the light bulb on the individual lesson plan, before doing the exercises? They give a whole page of instructions for how to use each lesson. For this one, it says:

Italian possessives are in the form definite article (il, la, i, le) + possessive adjective. They agree with the gender and number of the thing they describe:

My/Mine: "il mio", "la mia", "i miei", "le mie" Your/Yours (sing): "il tuo", "la tua", "i tuoi", "le tue" His/Hers/Its/Your (formal)/Yours (formal): "il suo", "la sua", "i suoi", "le sue" Our/Ours: "il nostro", "la nostra", "i nostri", "le nostre" Your/Yours (plur): "il vostro", "la vostra", "i vostri", "le vostre" Their/Theirs: "il loro", "la loro", "i loro", "le loro" il mio cane My dog ("Cane" is masculine singular, so we use "il" and "mio.")

la mia pizza My pizza ("Pizza" is feminine singular, so we use "la" and "mia.")

Even though in English the possessive in the third person (his, her, its) varies based on the owner, remember that in Italian the gender and number are determined by the thing being owned:

il cane di Giulia > il suo cane ("Cane" is masculine, so we use the masculine, even though it is her dog.)

In Italian an article is almost always mandatory before a possessive. The exceptions are:

It's not used before close family members, in the singular and not modified, e.g. "mio padre" (my father), unless the possessive is "loro" (in which case the article is needed). It's optional when the possessive adjective is alone following a form of "essere," e.g. "è mio" (it's mine). It's not used in a small number of set phrases, e.g. "casa mia" (my home). Possessive pronouns (possessives acting as a noun) are formed using the definite article and the possessive. They agree with the object they describe, even if it is not explicitly mentioned in the sentence:

Dov'è la tua macchina? La mia è qui. Where is your car? Mine is here. (It is understood that "la mia" refers to my car, so it is feminine.)


There is no lightbulb on my lessons. That would be exceptionally helpful.


I didn't find these on the Apple app , but it is if you go straight to the website.


Grazie. Have been finding the whole gender thing most confusing - shall look for the light bulb & print out your notes - most helpful. Grazie again.


where is the lightbulb?


what is the difference between "La sua" and "Il suo" ? Am i right if i say like this => la sua=her and il suo=his?


These are possessive adjectives so they describe who possesses a noun and they behave like other adjectives. Like other adjectives the endings change with the gender and number of the noun being described. So, "il suo" is for a masculine singular noun, "la sua" is for a feminine singular noun, "i suoi" is masculine plural and "le sue" is feminine plural. They all mean "his," "hers" or "its" (In formal speech they can also mean "your.") Hence the answer to your last question is no.


Is 'sul piatto' also correct?


Why can't I use "nello" instead of "nel" here: "La pasta nello piatto è la sua."?


Because 'nello' fuses 'in' + 'lo', for instance 'nello zucchero'. With 'piatto' you have to fuse 'in' + 'il', resulting in 'nel'.


Why is "nel" also correct here and not just "sul"? From how I understand it, "nel" = "in the" and "sul" = "on the".


That's what I thought too.


remind me when 'lo' is used?


'lo' is used when you have masculine nouns initiated by s + consonants or z


why is " la sua pasta e nel piatto" wrong please.thanks


because to say 'his pasta is on the plate' can be very different to 'the pasta on the plate is his'. the first tells you 'where' , the second 'whose'


Because of the structure of the sentence: it's different to put the emphasis on whose the pasta is, and to put it on where it is


how can we know that third person is male?


So the la sua refers to the pasta and not who it belongs to?


I wrote the correct answer & the app failed it.


If you wanted to say that the pasta on the plate belongs to a female how would you do this if la sua can mean his or hers?


Either way you use la sua (to match la pasta.) In real situations you will have a frame of reference; the person (m or f) would be present.

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    You can't say "nel piatto", but "sul piatto" referring to "on the plate" ...


    Per me la traduzione è errata!


    Is the feminine 'la sua' connected to the feminine 'La pasta'???


    Why sua and not support


    isn't it suo and not sua?


    does suo translate to his, and sua as Hers???


    This is not clear


    Why if il suo is masculine, and we are saying it is his, do we then use la sua?


    Could this same sentence also read "The pasta on the plate is hers?"


    Why "La pasta nel piatto è sua" is wrong? I thought possessive pronouns after essere can come with or without an article.


    How do we know that is his, isnt sua feminine


    Cam someone explain why the preposition nel doesnt take an article?


    I just dont understand how you would know whether the person being referred to is male or female. I acknowledge the 'context', but what if there is none, e.g. in a book or in passing etc. If anybody could help me understand this it would be much appreciated :)


    I am confused the possessive his is masculine, but the word used is sua, feminine , right?


    When deciding on whether to use "il suo" or "la sua", which noun should one focus on; "pasta" or "piatti"?


    How are we supposed to know if its a female or male


    Why la sua no IL suo because la pasta feminine or la possession masculine


    I have the exact phrase, i do not have accents on works like e la sua...


    How is this feminine. Isn't this HIS.


    I think it should be La pasta nel piatto è il suo

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