"The bee is ours."
Translation:L'ape è la nostra.
Why is "ours" considered a feminine singular (ie; la nostra)? how can you tell if "ours" is used as masculine or feminine?
I saw you got your answer in a different sentence discussion but since this may help others: The possessive (nostra) is an adjective, so it has the same gender and number as the noun it is referring to (l'ape) , not the person having possession.
Ape is feminine in gender so the article is la, but because ape starts with a vowel the article becomes l'ape. The possessive will be also feminine, so the result is L'ape e nostra o l'a ape e la nostra.
It's just something to memorizes. L' , la, le, una are all for feminine words and you can recognize some of them from those
Are you sure that L' indicates a feminine word? That means that L'uomo (the man) is feminine
The l' in front of uomo is an contraction for lo. Man: uomo, would get the word the: lo, but because it starts with a vowel, the lo is contracted into l'. Otherwise it would be lo uomo, and the double vowel sound is not smooth, because it causes the u in uomo to have an explosive start. L'uomo is more melodic. Italian is a direct evolution of Roman Latin, its rules are ancient as well.
If i understand right, L' can indicate male or female. So it's something we just have to memorize
That is correct, is the same in Spanish, memorize until becomes natural. Learning a language is all about memory and learn the exceptions.
this is a strange one as it seems to take the ending letter, they all mean the same.. then they change on minimal sentences......confusing which is singluar... would nostro be correct too? i answered nostre because of l'ape
"Nostro" wouldn't be correct because it is a possessive adjective and they agree in gender and number with the noun possessed (in this case with "l'ape" which is feminine singular noun).
Check this link : http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare132a.htm
It would be less confusing if they had EVER let us learn in an exercise that ape is a feminine word.
I don't understand why it should be "L'ape è la nostra" instead of "L'ape è nostra". If I have understood this correctly for example the sentence "Il cibo è nostro" would be correct and not "Il cibo è il nostro". Why should there be an extra "la" in the sentence with the bee?
It just accepted "L'ape è nostra."
As I understand it, when the possessive pronoun is used (in this case, ours standing for bee), you can include the article (la) or not. So both "L'ape è la nostra" and "L'ape è nostra" are correct.
Both of your example sentences with "cibo" should also be correct. If one was marked wrong, perhaps it was for a different reason, or perhaps in wasn't in the database yet.
Since ape is a feminine noun its plural is Le api. Also I don't think it has a masculine counterpart like il gatto/la gatta [the (male) cat//the (female) cat] so we can't say "gli api".
I thought feminine plurals end in "e" and masculine plurals end in "i". I'm totally confused.
Ok I did some research and now I got it. Italian words ending with "e" in singular forms must change to "i" regardless of its gender.
In another exercise, the phrase "the (something) is his" was translated as "...e' sua" so I was expecting the answer to this phrase to be " ... e' nostra" (pronoun) rather than "... la nostra". "It is our bee" would be "E' la nostra ape" (adjective). Can anyone clarify, please?
The last sentence might have had la in the subject. "La ..... è sua. In this case, "L'ape è la nostra." clarifies that l' stands for la. The first sentence only works, because the verb "is" from "to be" takes a predicate nominate afterwards instead of a direct object. The predicate nominative refers back to the subject. For instance "He is a man". He=man and in "The bee is ours" what is ours is the bee. If you said "We eat his." , I think you would have to put the determiner. "Mangiamos la sua"
Im confused. They keep using singular possessions when it is clearly plural. Shouldn't it be "nostre"?
"è la nostra ape" = "(it) is our bee".
"l'ape è la nostra" = "the bee is ours".
Could some one help me with the use of l' ? I thought l' was needed before a noun that begins with a vowel as in, l' ape. So, why are l' belena & l' formica also a correct use of l' ? Thank you for your help!
The thing i dont understand is how they use ''le nostre, la nostra, il nostro''. how can you tell when you use which?
Depends on the noun being modified:
Masc. singular = il nostro (ex: il nostro libro) Masc. plural = i nostri (ex: i nostri libri) Fem. singular = la nostra (ex: la nostra borsa) Fem. plural = le nostre (ex: le nostre borse)
In the Italian version, it sounds as though the man is saying nostre instead of nostra.