"Where is the furniture?"
Translation:Dove sono i mobili?
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the meaning for mobili is furnishings, NOT furniture.....unless they want one piece, then it is mobile
sorry, but no -your answer was not good. english isn't the standard by which you measure other languages. in italian, you'd say 'i mobili' when referring to furniture, so it would always be plural, unless you were specifically referring to a PIECE of furniture, which would translate to 'il mobile'. you can't always have word-for-word translation because the same things can be thought of differently in different languages. you just have to learn the norms of the new language. this is like arguing that 'quanti anni hai' makes no sense simply because the literal translation is 'how many years do you have'. instead you learn that in English you 'ARE' x years and in italian you 'HAVE' x years.
mobili = furnishings, NOT furniture........mobile = a piece of furniture
An entire sentence cannot be singular or plural, only a noun.
In English, we use the singular word "furniture" as a mass noun to refer to multiple pieces of furniture, or the general concept of furniture. It's like "clothing" refers to multiple articles of clothing, or the general concept of clothes.
In Italian, they don't use that word as a mass noun, and so they use the singular for one piece of furniture and the plural for more than one.
Different languages, different ways of saying things. They don't line up one-to-one. You don't just neatly swap out words.