"They are not birds."
Translation:Non sono uccelli.
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"?
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 :)
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.
"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.
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.
Actually this is the first time I encountered this pronoun here in duolingo. I don't know how common those "older" pronouns are.
I wrote loro non sono gli ucceli but got told to use degli, surely duolingo both are correct?
What is the rule for the word order? I.e., Why is it 'Loro non sono uccelli' and not 'Loro sono non uccelli'?
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!
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
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)