"We live in the neighborhood on the hill."
Translation:Viviamo nel quartiere sulla collina.
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The difference is whether or not the article is required. If the article is required, it gets glommed on to the back of 'in' as a contraction:
in + il = nel
in + la = nella
Here's a handy chart to study the patterns:
Does f.formica's comment mean that by using "abitiamo" instead of "viviamo", the translation with "abitiamo" would be marked wrong because it means a house full of dead people is in the neighborhood on the hill? Mabby has made a good point because "on the hill" shows that the statement is mainly about position rather than liveliness.
Am I wrong? Based on f.formica's post, this observation supports that "abitiamo" is correct. It also seems incredible that IN SEVEN YEARS no one has challenged this translation for this reason.
I don't know that there is a way to tell them apart when they end in 'e', so if there is a helpful hint I would like to know too. Since you're curious, here's a site that lists the the masculine nouns ending in 'a' which is quite irregular ...
It's actually the opposite, colle is a smaller hill or an elevated mountain pass between two valleys. Treccani defines the first as "Piccola elevazione di terreno, di altezza intermedia fra l’altura (più bassa) e la collina (più alta)" and the second as "In geografia, depressione altimetrica della cresta di una dorsale montuosa, che mette in comunicazione due valli".
How do we know when to use "in" versus "nel"? I understand how to pull an article into "nel" but what I don't understand is why a moment ago it was "Lui lavora in negozio" but in this sentence it's "Viviamo nel quartiere." Either way, "He works in a store" and "We live in a neighborhood" both utilize the concept of "in."
Related--because this has come up in another sentence--I've also seen "in" used in a sentence with "a."
You know what i always wonder... of you said nella instead of nel, to an italian, would it even matter? Surely they would understand you, but i guess it would just sound weird? Im just interested to know how much it matters/ how mistakes would be perceived, as a native english person its hard for me to imagine.