"You eat the chicken."
Translation:Voi mangiate il pollo.
tu mangi (2. person singular) = you eat
voi mangiate (2. person plural) = you (all) eat
Lei mangia (3. person singular) = you eat (formal you)
- note that personal pronouns (tu, voi) are not necessary because the verb gives you information what is the subject.
Both singular and plural answers are correct, as 'you' can be esther in English!
It's because tu and mangiate don't go together. It's (tu) mangi(2nd person singular) or (voi) mangiate(2nd person plural).
Was I the only one who misread the chicken as children and was really confused that there was no ragazzi in the answer building blocks because it seemed perfectly plausible that duolingo would ask me to translate that?
Tu is used for singular 'you' in the familiar form Io mangio, tu mangi, lei mangia, noi mangiamo, voi mangiate (is the plural you, you all, loro mangiano. I eat, you (familiar), you/he/she/it eats, (singular), we eat etc.
I translated this to "voi mangia il pollo". What is the problem with my answer?
Mangia is used for only he/she/it. If you want to use voi you need the corresponding form of the verb; mangiate.
lei = she , lui = he , Lei = you (formal) (notice the capital "L")
- Lui mangia il pollo = He eats the chicken
- Lei mangia il pollo = She/You eats/eat the chicken (since if it is at the beginning of the sentence we can translate Lei as "she" and "you" (formal).
"Mangiate il pollo" why can't you drop the pronoun (Voi) in this case?
Il is the masculine singular 'the' used before most consonants except words beginning with s + consonant, z, gn, and ps where in those instances 'lo' is used. L' is the masculine and feminine singular 'the' used before masculine and feminine singular words beginning with vowels.
When they print the question " You eat..." how do you know if it "You all eat..." or if it's singular "You eat..."??
Mangia -> for he/she/it. If you use "voi", you must use the correct verb conjugation -> mangiate. If I may give you suggestion, you should draw a chart of conjugation for each subject. You'll see their pattern later & remember them easily.
E.g.: Subject to be / to read / to drink I -> Io sono / leggo / bevo You (sl.) -> Tu sei / leggi / bevi He/She/It -> Lui/Lei è / legge / leggi We -> Noi siamo / leggiamo / beviamo You (pl.) -> Voi siete / leggete / bevete They -> Loro sono / leggono / bevono ----so on----
You see there, for "voi" all the verb forms must be ended with "-te". Hope it helps. :-)