"I pesci bevono acqua."
Translation:Fish drink water.
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"Freshwater fish do not actively drink water, but absorb the water through their skin and gills. On the other hand, saltwater fish do actively drink sea water. Their gills process the water and take out the salt.
The salmon is an interesting example of a fish that lives in both fresh and salt water, and consequently, they have the characteristics of both types of fish. Salmon are born in fresh water, and migrate to the ocean. While living in the ocean, they drink saltwater by opening their mouth; their gills then rid their bodies of the salt and minerals. When the salmon enters freshwater streams to spawn, they stop drinking the water and instead absorb it through osmosis (osmosis means that the water passes through the cells of the fish's skin into its body)."
The problem is getting rid of all the salt (sea fish, of course). Some sharks (like the Dog fish), and sea birds, which live exclusively on fish, but do not pee, have serious problems getting rid of salt, and have evolved specialized glands to pump it out elsewhere. So Dogfish sharks have a rectal gland, and seagulls have nasal glands.
There are actually some fish species that can can survive out of water, like the catfish, so i guess they need to drink a lot of water before starting an adventure outside the water. Or maybe i'm just saying senseless things, because i never really read something like that about catfish. Anyway, it certainly needs to remain wet to survive outside the water.
Then why in earlier lessons am I corrected from io bevo acqua to io bevo l'acqua for 'I drink water' ?
And by the same token, why is there a definite article in front on pesce? the sentence says fish drink water, but the correct answer is I pesce bevono acqua....so actually The fish drink water is the correct translation.
msnmmrt: I don't believe that's the way more than one type of fish is commonly indicated. Here in Louisiana, e..g. you'll hear: "There are many types of fish here," or "There are a lot of different fish here." And so forth. "Fishes" may be used in technical, scientific references, but 'fish' is what's commonly used.
The below articles are for MALE words only
'gli' is the plural form of 'lo'
'i' is the plural form of 'il'
Lo and Gli are used mainly for words
beginning with a vowel ------------ Gli uomini
beginning with z ------------------- Gli zoppi
beginning with s + consonant ----- Gli studenti
Also for words starting with gn, x and some other exceptions
'I' Is The General Masculine Plural Form Of 'The', But It Becomes 'Gli' Before Words Starting With A Vowel, Or 'S' Or 'Z'. 'Le' Is The Feminine Plural Form Of 'The', 'La' Is The General Feminine Singular Of 'The', And 'Lo' Is A Masculine Singular Used Be for Words Starting With 'S' Or 'Z', I Believe.