"They are not birds."

Translation:Non sono uccelli.

May 29, 2013


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I typed in "non sono glu uccelli" and it said this was wrong...it said I should have used "degli" instead of "gli"...I haven't seen "degli" yet -- what does it mean, and why should I use it instead of "gli"?

June 13, 2013


Gli would be the definite article which you could use to either identify specific birds or the general category of birds. Familiar, right? Degli (di + gli) is a partitive which indicates an unspecified amount of birds. You'll learn more about it in upcoming lessons :)

June 14, 2013

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If that's the case (that I didn't know about the word "degli"), and I had never been exposed to it, how can I possibly be expected to put it into use in a sentence? As I said, I DID use the word gli, but the program told me it was incorrect.

June 15, 2013


Indeed, I suggest the Duolingo team to review this.

February 4, 2014


I agree

May 25, 2018


yes: still wrong today

July 13, 2019


"Loro" non sono uccelli is wrong... It says it should be "Essi" instead. Why exactly? This is actually the first time I come across this word here.

May 29, 2013


The plural forms essi and esse serve to indicate both people as well as animals and things; loro is used with reference to people (and, especially in spoken Italian, also to refer to animals).
I think "loro" should be accepted.

check this http://italian.about.com/od/grammar/a/aa052808a.htm

Actually this is the first time I encountered this pronoun here in duolingo. I don't know how common those "older" pronouns are.

May 29, 2013


Essi is the conservative form of loro

March 26, 2014


I wrote loro non sono gli ucceli but got told to use degli, surely duolingo both are correct?

March 13, 2014


What is the rule for the word order? I.e., Why is it 'Loro non sono uccelli' and not 'Loro sono non uccelli'?

June 10, 2014


i think "Non" go before the verb

December 4, 2014


I wrote, no sono uccelli, and got it incorrect...what is the difference between "no" and "non", I have seen them both used in the beginning of a sentence. Thanks!

August 1, 2013


Non = not, no = no :) If you've seen no at the beginning of a sentence it may have been something like no, non siamo uomini / no, we are not men

August 1, 2013


Exactly.. thanks

August 1, 2013


Can someone explain me how "Essi" works?

February 1, 2014


Essi is the conservative form of loro. Loro will always be used in verbal communication but while reading you may come across essi/egli/ella. (All conservative forms of they/He/She)

March 26, 2014


Is uccelli pronounced ooh-cheh-lee or ooh-sell-ee

February 1, 2015



February 27, 2015


so confused

August 26, 2013


Why is 'loro non stanno uccelli' incorrect?

May 22, 2016
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