"There are too many people in the station."
Translation:C'è troppa gente nella stazione.
Wait! Why is it "nella stazione" here, but in allll the other sentences I've seen there was NO definite article before "stazione" like just plain old "in stazione". In another sentence when I mistakenly put "nella stazione", I was marked wrong for not writing "in stazione" What did I miss? Please help!
Ci sono vs C'è...both are accepted in this one. I tried to figure out why, and the best I could find is http://learnitalianwithlucrezia.com/2013/01/21/ce-ci-sono-there-is-there-are/
In this case, ci sono would be the right one as it means "there are" vs c'è for "there is" and doesn't fit the plural object
"people" is a noun, not a verb. There are two words for "people".
"la gente" is a collective noun (and feminine and singular) so you use "troppa gente" = many people.
"la persona" = the person; "le persone" = the persons / people (and is feminine and plural), so "troppe persone = many people. Hope that helps.
Simple answer: you aren't to know just from looking at them.
(This is a general answer to anyone interested, as the question-asker has since advanced a good way beyond this stage.)
Irregular nouns ending in -e could be either masculine or feminine. There's no particular rhyme or reason as to why a word is one gender or the other (according to Signor Formica, it goes back to the way that Latin words evolved into modern Italian).
The only way to know is to look the word up in an English-Italian dictionary. After doing this a few times eventually you remember it.
Having a decent dictionary website or app is an essential supplement to using Duolingo. Unfortunately DL's own online dictionary is (at time of writing) somewhat short on detail.
C'è = there is (something-singular) Ci sono = there are (somethings-plural)
Duo is being tricky with this one. Do you say there 'is' or 'are'? It all depends on what word you use for 'people'. Persone - a plural for persons, or people; vs gente - a singular reflecting an entity/group of people.
C'è troppa gente nella stazione. Note troppa is singular, and feminine since gente is singular and feminine.
Ci sono troppe persone nella stazione We need troppe in its plural form as persone is plural.