I translated this as "Which cat is yours" and got it wrong. So, to ask that question, would it be "Quale gatto è tuo?"
There hasn't been any discussion on this one in awhile ... I'll add what I learned: Regardless of whether you are referring to a masculine or feminine noun, use quale for singular, use quali for plurals, use qual only when the following word is e (is). This lesson sentence "Qual e il tuo gatto" is asking about a single cat. For more than one cat, you'd say "Quali sono i tuoi gatti? Here's an example with Quale: Quale gatto e la tua?
"Qual" is the apocope (not the elision) of quale (and not of "quali") that can be used in many occasions (qual momento migliore che dare un esempio ora... = what better time to give an example now)
This is confusing without a proper explanation. If quale goes right before the verb is why isn't the contraction qual'e used? Why not just use qual before every vowel??? This is the problem with this program…no enough clear explanations for the exceptions.
" ̶q̶u̶a̶l̶'̶è̶" is a fairly common mistake even among italian native speakers. But the proper word is qual è (without apostrophe)
which is ...? = qual è ...?
what is ...? = qual è ...? or cos'è ...?
- what is your favorite color? = qual è il tuo colore preferito?
- what is the circle of life? = cos'è il cerchio della vita? http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=877807=14
What is the difference between "Which one is your cat" and "Which cat is yours"? Silly...
I agree. If the meanings are equivalent, they should both count as variations of correct responses. If they are not equivalent, the people developing this item should write the Italian translation for "Which cat is yours?" as opposed to "Which is your cat?" so that students online can understand the distinction.
Most of the time it is simply that the "e" is missing so that "qual" can go before a vowel (as in the above phrase) while "quale" goes in front of everything else. The meaning, "which" or "what" in the context of asking for specific information, remains the same. The exception is that "quale" can be used for "which one" as in "quale vuoi" (Which one would you like.)
I typed Qual'e il tuo gatto? and it was marked as wrong. I typed the "e" with the accent, but was still marked down. Can someone please explain?
I think that would be correct if the word were Quale, but the proper word here is Qual so the apostrophe isn't needed.
Qual è = Which is
il tuo gatto? = your cat?
Quale gatto = Which cat
è tuo? = is yours?
If you find it difficult to understand the subtle difference in these two phrases, change "cat" to "girlfriend", and then imagine that question being asked in a roomful of women. :D
Which girlfriend is yours?
Which is your girlfriend?
Hope this helps.
this is wrong, right? typed which cat is yours and duolingo marked it as wrong answer ... there's just absolutelly no way to fit the "one" as they suggest ...
Ugh! I wrote "Which cat is yours." Wrong! Duo says "Which one is your cat." Really???
It is a matter of order. Duo is fussy about those things.
In real life there is no difference, but in nerd school, there is, sorry.
I'm sorry, but "which cat is yours," "which one is your cat" and "which is your cat" are all the SAME question. ALL need to be accepted.
In the same sentence, only with a penguin instead of a cat,
"Qual è il tuo gatto?"
"Qual è il tuo pinguino?"
Duo accepts three different answers:
Duo Question ) Qual è il tuo pinguino?
Accepted Ans' 1) Which is your penguin?
Accepted Ans' 2) Which one is your penguin?
Accepted Ans' 3) Which penguin is yours?
So why doesn't it accept it here?
I've reported this, and so should you.
Slipped up on the apostrophe - again! Don't understand why it's 'qual' and not quale. What is the difference please and when do we use qual as opposed to quale as in 'Quale belena'
I thought there were only 2 forms: quale and quali. So the 'e' on quale would be elided here. Apparently I'm missing something. Is it part of speech.
Quali - for plural masculine, quale - for plural feminine, qual - for singular? Is that correct??
Why is "il" needed here. Wouldnt this translate directly to: which is the your cat?