"What do you roast?"

Translation:Tu cosa arrostisci?

May 13, 2013

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what's wrong with 'cosa tu arrostisci?'


what is the difference between "cosa arrosti" and "cosa arrostisci"?


arrostici is the second person singular present tense of arrostire: "you roast"

arrostì (note the accent over the final 'i') is the third person singular passato remoto of arrostire: s/he roasted.

Hence "cosa arrostisci" = what do you roast?, "cosa arrostì" = "what did s/he roast?"

There is also (apparently) a now obsolete verb arrostare, meaning "to drive off by waving a rosta, or with the hands", whose second person singular present indicative is also arrosti (no accent). See https://www.wordsense.eu/arrostare/.


arrostire is an irregular verb, so it's 'voi arrostite' but 'tu arrostisci' which are both accepted by DL.


But the clue they give does not indicate that it is an irregular verb. The clue they give is arrosto, which is confusing as that is not how an irregular verb would be conjugated. The clue should be arrostisco, because that would be the correct form for an irregular verb. Instead they give arrosto, which is actually an adjective or a noun, but not a verb.

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arrostire is a regular third conjugation "-isc" verb.


Who gave you a lingot? As PhxBob says, arrostire is a completely regular verb on the model of finire.


I want that back btw


It did not accept Cosa arrotisce? - using the polite form, but how were we to know that they wanted the informal tu form?

Perhaps Duolingo should adopt a convention so that sentences with a first name such as "What do you roast Roberta?" would always have a "tu" form and those with a title such as "What do you roast Mr Smith?" would have a formal "Lei" form.

. The applies to the other languages too.


Support for the polite form is very patchy.

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In Duolingo course, only use Formal You in the Formal You lessons.


I don't know if it helps, but while the pronoun is not always required, including the pronoun when using the formal you 'Lei' can clarify that you are indicating 'you' and not 'he, she, it'. I cannot say whether that would've worked here or not though. I like your idea though because it would provide us with more practice for the formal you as well as clarifying the issue.


Plural "you" without context?

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cosa arrostisci? - singular
cosa arrostite? - plural


It would be helpful if DL gave us some indication regarding which verbs are irregular and how to conjugate them.


There are plenty of resources on the internet eg https://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-italian.html

(arrostire, the verb used here, is by the way an entirely regular verb on the model of finire)


Thanks zimtladen. I am just being lazy in expecting DL to hold my hand.....

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I googled up and found "arrostare" https://www.italian-verbs.com/verbi-italiani/coniugazione.php?lemma=ARROSTARE100 ... bad idea, it's a completely wrong verb! Take care!

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