Again, I think that "He speaks with me on the phone" should be accepted because we know nothing about the context so it can be both imperative and indicative.
Yes, but I can also imagine a situation, where the children are noisy and somebody exclaims: "He is talking to me on the phone (and I can't understand him, because of your noise!)" "Taziti"
Una frase indicativa non avrebbe mai avuto un punto escalativo (!). E' per forza imperativo.
We also use exclamation mark to indicate admiration for some inusual event, as "Parla con me al telefono!" Sure, after a lover's quarel... Lol
Exclamation marks in written English (though texts etc somewhat different rules but then they can be mindless) best used with extreme care - ie: not too much. It's considered bad style/a sign of lack of confidence in how interesting what one's writing actually is. Kind of like going boom boom after a weak joke ( different rules for Basil Brush - google)
I call BS. The fact that some people abuse exclamation marks doesn't mean they shouldn't serve its purpose, which is... guess what... emphasizing exclamations!
Grazie! E a proposito, Duolingo no accetta tuttavia la forma " E' ", solamente "È". :/
There is an overabundance of sentences in this unit ending in exclamation points. :)
I'm so confused! Why is it that some imperatives are the 3rd person, some are 2nd and some take an entirely different form altogether (e.g. sappi)?
The 2nd person (sing/pl) are simply orders for informal you, tu/voi.
Both the 3rd person and 'entirely different form' are orders for the formal you, Lei. As far as I understand it, the formal imperative takes the verb in its subjunctive form, which may occasionally be the same as the regular third person (though I can't think of any examples) and the 'different form', such as 'faccia', 'venga', 'sappi' Don't quote me on the specifics, but basically it's due to the formal imperative taking a different form
Well, if there is thick plexiglass between two people in a conversation (in say the visiting room of a prison?) then Duo's answer can make sense. (Haha!)
It sounds like you are both talking to the telephone rather than talking with each other by using a telephone.