In English, "furniture" is only used as the singular. We do not say "furnitures."
Usually "furniture" refers to the furniture collectively. If you wanted to refer to one piece of furniture, you'd probably say "the chair," "the table," "the sofa," and so on.
"An item of furniture" is one way of referring to "A single piece of furniture".
We do say "the furnishings" in English, though that is not accepted by the owl.
I can't speak for the Italian - I hope someone will.
In English, though "furniture" and "furnishings" are not exactly synonymous. "Furniture" involves chairs, tables, sofas, stools, etc. "Furnishings" can include furniture, but may also refer to curtains, carpets, etc. (See http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/furnishing )
I would say that Furniture and Furnishings are seldom interchangeable and my wise relative is right to reject the latter.
furniture is a mass noun the problem has been duolingo's translation theory has wavered from word for word to looser--they never seem to stick with one and each language varies
"Furniture" is a collective noun. And collective nouns use the verb in singular. On the other hand, "mobile" is a any piece of furtiture and its plural is "mobili"
Yes, in Italian more than one piece of furniture is plural so you need a plural verb. In English, the concept is different--100 pieces of furniture is still one group of furniture, so the verb is singular. It is what I love/hate about learning another language--it is interesting to think differently, but it is also challenging.
You could/should be able to say, "Where are the pıeces of fürnıture (perhaps furniture pieces)?" But Duo said no to the former.
Yes - we don't say that in English. Furniture is singular even when it refers to more than one piece of furniture.
perchè "Where is... e non Where are"...visto che "furniture" è sia plurale che singolare?
because furniture is not countable. you can't say one furniture, two furnitures. if you want to count furniture you can use one piece of furniture, two pieces of furniture i think the italian word la mobilia is uncountable too. mobilia is maybe a better translation for furniture
I can't understand why "there is" if you are talking about furniture but if you put "I mobili" it is plural. If it is not right, we need to guess...
In English (but not evidently in Italian) furniture is a mass noun. You may have six chairs, two tables, a sofa, and a bed in your apartment, but you would still say "The furniture is in the apartment."
Do you think all translation is word for word? If you come to my town and ask where is the furnitures, we will ask you where are you from, because it is clear English is not your first language. Italian and English speakers think of these concepts differently, so that has to be taken into consideration when making a translation.
Why is sono used here? Doesn't that mean 'where are the furniture?' That doesn't sound correct to me... confused!
Sono is used because the Italian translation of "the furniture" is plural ("i mobili") unlike in English. Furniture is a mass noun in English and is treated as singular from a grammar perspective (ie. We say the furniture is here, not the furniture are here). But because Italian thinks of furniture as plural you must use the plural form "sono" instead of the singular "è"
Of course, furnitures is not used when speaking or writing in English. However, in a previous exercise, I wrote furniture when mobile was used and was marked wrong for it. ???????
Wouldnt it be Dov'e i mobili... where is the furniture. Dov'e sono i mobili would be... where are the furnatures, which makes no sense in english.
why it's not plural- furnitures?
or - why do u use plural form to say furniture?
or- what is the singular for mobili?
ohh nvm i think i understand know- mobile. lol ill post it anyway
In english a word doesn't always need an s to be plural. Furniture can be singular or plural.
No. Nouns like "sheep" are the same in singular and plural. Nouns like "furniture" are uncountable and therefore singular by nature.
Furniture is one of those english words that can be singular and plural :) ~ Got It
It is true, but the owl shoul accept both translations - Where is the furniture? or Where are the furniture?
You would only say, "where is the furniture?" Furniture is a mass noun: it is always singular.
Check this sentences is wrong.. Plurals and singulars are so mess up in italian.
shouldn't it translate into where are the furnitures the line dove sono i mobili is plural ....... in english plural sentences for this example should include are and the additional s at the end of the word