"Venerdì e sabato sera"

Translation:Friday and Saturday nights

May 5, 2013



Sera is evening and sere is the plural for evenings. http://www.wordreference.com/iten/sere

May 31, 2014


So this should really translate as Friday and Saturday evening [that is, all day Friday and then Saturday evening]?

June 19, 2014


No because "night" is used like evening too. A night out (meaning an evening out) is not the same as spending the night somewhere. Evening = sera = (early) night...as in, before midnight. So, night can be synonymous with sera or notte. We use night two different ways. As a result, u can translate sera as evening or night. Notte, however, can only be translated as night.

November 4, 2014


Thanks. OK, so it means all day Friday, then also Saturday evening and/or night, but not during the day on Saturday (because "sera" is singular in the Duolingo Italian sentence)?

November 5, 2014


I can see your line of thoughts.
since it is written sera meaning night (singular), the translation means Friday (all day, not a specific part of the day) and saturday evening (not during the day, just the evening).

Had it been Venerdì e sabato sere it would have been Friday and Saturday evenings/nights (indication only evening part of the day, but both days)

November 5, 2014


So why does duolingo translate it as Friday and Saturday nights?!?

December 24, 2014


Thank you. In English it could be a little more ambiguous, and I wanted to see how it would work in Italian. Grazie!

November 5, 2014


This is why I came to the discussion for this sentence. I guess sometimes these mistakes slip though

June 21, 2017


How do we know this is "friday and saturday nights", rather than "friday and saturday night"? Obviously this conveys different meanings--How would I say Friday (all day) and Saturday night (just night)?

May 5, 2013


The first way is as it appears in the duolingo item (though it's ambiguous). You could also say "venerdí sera e sabato sera" or "venerdí e sabato sere" (I think) or "le sere di venerdí e sabato". Depending on context, it could even be "durante la sera (questo/quello) venerdí e sabato". Also notte is night as in late night and sera is like "night" as in evening...sort of like a night out (before midnight). :) In boca al lupo.

November 4, 2014


Friday and Saturday evening was accepted when I put it in.

September 30, 2013


Not when i did.

December 7, 2014


Remember that "Two people are wearing hats" = "Due persone porta il cappello". The singular is used because each person only wears one hat. Similarly singular sera refers to both days.

May 4, 2017


why not "serate?"

June 1, 2013


A serata is to sera as giornata is to giorno. That is, not much difference. :) You'll hear "che bella serata" and "che bella giornata" a lot for "what a beautiful/lovely evenjng/day". :) Use them like that and you're golden.

November 4, 2014


plural would be "sere", not "serate"

September 9, 2014


Is evening = sera always singular?

February 6, 2014


Yes, you are correct.

Sera- evening (singular)
Sere- evenings (plural)

January 30, 2017


Friday and Saturday evening. Was accepted.

May 31, 2014


Any difference between stasera and sera?

July 28, 2016


stasera-- this evening
sera-- evening (general)

Sera is anything up to midnight and beyond if you're up and doing something. Notte is when you sleep.
If you say Buonanotte, that means "Good night; I won't be seeing you again until morning."

January 23, 2017


So if sabato sera is Saturday night, what is saturday evening? And what is sabato notte?

October 9, 2014

  • sabato sera = Saturday evening or Saturday (early) night (out)
  • sabato notte = Saturday (late) night
August 9, 2015


https://youtu.be/60BD3CX6y6g This is an awesome song to remember days! I hope it helps :)

March 14, 2016


It is general >> plural:nights. Second question: "il venerdì e la sera di sabato" is a possibility.

May 5, 2013


When do one put accents on the last letter of the week's days? Sometimes they are set in the Duolingo exercises and sometimes not, how comes?

June 22, 2014


lunedì, martedì, mercoledì, giovedì, venerdì is always accented as they end in i. sabato and domenica is not accented.

September 9, 2014


Sabato and domenica don't have the stress on the last syllable. That's why.

November 4, 2014


OK, but Duolingo sometimes don't refer to those accents when one leave those out!

September 9, 2014


My Italian boyfriend just told me, that in old texts you can find the single word 'dì' meaning 'day' however as the language has evolved they now use the word 'giorno' for 'day'

September 9, 2014


Just read the libretto of Aida in Italian. "Di" (not " giorno") with the accent throughout for "day", so SanneTofte is right. And "Aida" is not distant past, just the 19th century. In sum, "lunedi", "martedi" ... "venerdi" are compound words, the second part being "day". What is accented is not just the last vowel but actually the "i" in "di". (Sorry, I do not have the accent on my keyboard, at least not for "i"). "Sabato" and "domenica" do not have "di" in them, hence no accent.

January 2, 2016


I think it is a mistake from their side. there is always an accenture on weekdays.

September 9, 2014


Sera or Notte?

December 4, 2014


SERA will mean evening and early night, and NOTTE will mean night specifically.

February 1, 2015


Why do we use the "e" without an accent?

December 14, 2014


è with the accent is one of the conjugations of 'essere' which is 'to be' and is equivalent to the 'is' in 'he is, she is or it is'. The e without the accent means 'and'.

December 15, 2014


thank you ! for the lesson on accents I'd like to find out where in duolingo they teach accents- I've asked! but I'm still winging it and most of the time I'm wrong. Spanish is my vernacular so it gets real confusing

January 23, 2015


I was wondering why it's just "e" and not ed. In all the other lessons, ed was used for "and".

November 18, 2016


You can use either 'e' or 'ed' for 'and', 'e' is more common, but 'ed' is used when it is surrounded (and especially followed by) another vowel to stop all the vowels crashing into each other. I'm afraid the usual rule is 'when it sounds better to have ed'

November 19, 2016


E without an accent means 'and' whereas È with the accent means 'is'. The accent means stress on the syllable, so it's just pronounced differently.

February 1, 2015


Sera 'evening/night' is Singular, why is the answer 'night' in Plural?

May 25, 2015


so days of the week do not have to be capitalized?

July 13, 2016


Nope, never. Neither do the months.

January 23, 2017


I dont agree. When an Italian says good afternoon it is buona sera

October 14, 2016


Americans in the southern states use "evening" to mean what the rest of the country calls "afternoon"., so the Italian for "good afternoon" is not really so strange. Southerners must have some historical reason for saying it that way (Latin, maybe?), one which is probably also implied in the Italian.

November 6, 2016


Pomeriggio is afternoon, but not used in the same way that night doesn't get used as an equivalent to evening.
Pretty much anything after 12 (noon) is "sera" unless you are talking in general about afternoons. For instance, "Io dormo nel pomeriggio."

January 23, 2017


Shouldnt it be "sere"?

October 19, 2016


Fridays and Saturdays will be

April 8, 2017


Shouldn't this be Friday and Saturday night - not nights plural?

October 31, 2017


Let me finish this sentence for duolingo. "Friday and Saturday nights are awesome." :)

April 18, 2017


Very good for learning italian :-)

November 18, 2017



January 12, 2018


thanks for all the discussion. I used sere instead of sera. I was confused when I was corrected saying "You used the plural 'sere' here, instead of the singular 'sera'. but it had the meaning "Friday and Saturday nights" which is plural. Evening makes it easier to understand.

February 5, 2018


I think this sentence is not exactly correct. Sera is evening. Night is notte. But this sentence is confusing as it isn't exactly right. I don't think it's fair from duolingo to make it incorrect when they are not ponctual.

February 7, 2018


e and è are different words???!!!!!

March 20, 2018

  • 1947

That's right.

è = is https://www.italian-verbs.com/italian-verbs/conjugation.php?parola=essere

e/ed = and The rule for e vs ed is very similar to the English rule for a vs an.

January 15, 2019


Sera generally refers to "evening", night is "notte". Evening should have been accepted.

July 5, 2018


Sometimes e and sometimes è. Per ché?

September 1, 2018

  • 1947

They are two entirely different words.

è = is

e/ed = and
The rule for e vs ed is very similar to the English rule for a vs an.

January 15, 2019


Sometimes e and sometimes é. Per ché?

September 1, 2018


When it is è it means 'is' as in he/she/it is. When it is e without the accent, then it means 'and' as it does here.

September 1, 2018

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... ci sono feste

November 8, 2018


sera is not night! Its evening

February 28, 2019


"sera" is most primarily translated as "evening". "notte" is "night

March 23, 2019


To me it would translate as Friday and Saturday NIGHTS.i thought SERA is evening!

June 4, 2019


Perhaps to indicate Friday all day and Saturday evening only one might put a comma after venerdi.

November 2, 2014


It seems here regarding this sentence Duolingo suggests that saturday night and (plural) saturday nights are the same....i believe these can cause a confusion later on...is there a reason why nights and night are seen as the same here?

March 8, 2015

  • 1947

It's not Saturday night vs Saturday nights. It's the night of Friday and the night of Saturday. Each day has its own singular night.

January 15, 2019


I tried Fridays and Saturday evenings... don't understand why it was marked wrong?

May 5, 2016


It should be evening not night, night is notte

September 21, 2016


how many stupid people did," friday is saturday night?" i am calling myself stupid because i should know this. i quickly looked at it and saw the e and thought it meant is not and.(DUHHHHHHHHHHH)

October 10, 2016



April 8, 2017


Why have you used "è" as "and" ????

April 1, 2015


Who are you asking? The duolingo phrase uses 'e' - and; not 'è' he/she/it is

April 2, 2015


Party everyday!

October 15, 2016


Very confusing...

April 17, 2017


There are no accents to pay attention to.

June 28, 2017
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