"Quanti anni ha lui?"

Translation:How old is he?

5 years ago

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TheGandalf
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I translated it rather literally, as "How many years does he have?" but apparently that's incorrect... Is it really incorrect, or should it be accepted?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chris123456

Your translation seems really useful in that it demonstrates how Italian is used and teaches us how to think about the way to form correct Italian sentences. In my opinion, literal translation should always be accepted, then a better more idiomatic phrase may be suggested within the current format of duolingo. Suggest you report it for the experts to have a think about.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mukkapazza
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You're right, usually both literal and idiomatic phrases do work, but knowing how to express age is pretty important and 'how many years does he have' sounds more like a question for a crystal ball ;)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Soglio
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Not necessarily. Consider: "He has to finish his course work before his stipend runs out." "How many years does he have?"

"When he pays off his mortgage, he can afford to travel." "How many years does he have?"

. . . but how would you say that differently in Italian?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tom_vincenzo
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quanti anni ha lui fino whatever you want to ask about (maybe, i'm only learning)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Richard78640

I don't agree. One of the keys to learning a language is to think in the target language.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bertha.lit

He is sent to prison. How many years does he have?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/djabea
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I was weary when I read that sentence. Reminded me a little a bit of Spanish. Did the same mistake with tengo and never again. Seems like my hunch was write.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mckennapjoe

I said "what is his age?" Wrong!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MateaC22

This sentence is wrong. It is better how many years does he have?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Domleschg
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"How many years does he have?" is not how you'd say it in English. You'd say "How old is he?"

3 years ago
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