"We buy towels."

Translation:Compriamo asciugamani.

May 2, 2013

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I love it when Italian words can be easily tied to the English translation without memorization. Case in point: asciugamani = dry + hands = towel


wow! I was wondering why the heck towel was such a bizarre word...this was before I learnt what "dry" and "hands" were.


What is the rule for when to eliminate the article?


I'd like to know this too. There probably isn't an all-encompassing rule, but at least I hope someone could briefly explain certain words or constructions to look out for...


Why is compriamo i asciugamani wrong?


Because it's gli asciugamani


Caro_Coffe: So, I had incorrectly answered: Compriamo i asciugamani. I couldn't figure out why. But I bet, if I had typed: gli asciugamani--maybe it would have been marked correct.

Thanks for helping me understand! I need to remember that gli is required for plural masculine nouns that start with vowels! (probably didn't express that exactly right. But I am trying!!!)


Because we do not buy specific towels

  • We buy (some) towels = (Noi) compriamo (dell')asciugamani


But it doesn't say we buy some towels. We could generally have a habit of buying towels, or it might be our responsibility in the purchasing department.


Vowel alert. Degli asciugamani


I like this word, it does make me chuckle that it sounds a little like " A Sugar Mummy"


asciugamani is not the only word to refer to the towel, one can also say Straccio...


I thought that in italian the articles for plural and undetermend (probably wrong spelling of the word, but I mean 'some and few' and not 'two, ten, thousand etc') will become: dei (male) delle (female) and degli (vowel or s-impura). Very much like the use of de, du, de la, des in french. In this sentence I put degli before asciugamani (because of 'some towels') and it was correct. Question: is the use of degli an option, or is it right to leave it out for now because we haven't got the grammar yet?


Why is temponare not accepted despite being one of the meanings?


I don't see how any of the "don't rules' apply to asciugamani. I guess its just the unwritten exception to the unwritten rule.


Why would "compriamo dei asciugamani" be wrong?


Degli asciugamani. Starts with a vowel!


How are we supposed to know words not presented before?

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