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"The men drink."

Translation:Gli uomini bevono.

June 6, 2013



in front of a vocal such as in the word "uomo", the article is "lo" and not "il". Plural of "lo" is "gli", plural of "il" is "i".

This is true for words starting with vocals but not only, search for the rules but I believe those to be: -S followed by consonant. "lo sporco" -P followed by n or s. "gli pneumatici" -Gn. "lo gnocco" -X. -Y. -Z. "lo zio"


That makes more sense. I got this wrong by using l'uomini.


L'uomo is singular and gli uomini is plural. So l'uomini wouldn't technically be correct according to the conjugation rules of this app


Grazie! That helps a lot. :)


By vocal, do you mean vowel?


Yes. In Italian, "vowel" and "vocal" both become "vocale".


Don't you mean vowel???


Is bevono is third person plural and bevete is second person plural?


To drink = Bere al presente : bevo, bevi, beve, beviamo, bevete, bevono ;-)


Yes, that's correct.


What is the difference between "bevono" and "bevete" ? The choices were both correct when the subject was "the women" but now it's wrong when the subject is "the men" ??


Bevono is third person (they), bevete is second person (you).


second person singular you ( bevi ) second person plural ( bevete )


Yes I get that but as I mentioned in my comment, the program counted me wrong when I answered only the sentence with "bevete" (and not both "bevete" and "bevono") in a QCM where "the women" were the subject... @.@ (the women = they, aren't they?)


Maybe the sentence was "voi donne bevete", in this case it's correct.


I don't remember oops ! But it would mean "you women, you are dinking" or something like that ?



Presente io bevo tu bevi lui, lei, Lei beve noi beviamo voi bevete loro, Loro bevono


I think bevono for loro and bevete for voi


It looks as if they have changed it now...


How is "gli" pronounced? I cant really hear it


I hear it as "lee" but i do not know if that is correct


the exact sound doesn't exist in english but the closest thing is "yee" ...but much more spread for the consonant sound


No, it's more like 'lee', definitely not yee.


I read that in Rome and the surrounding area "yee" is a common pronunciation. I also listened to an Italian woman and her little nephew on a YouTube Italian class teaching how to pronounce "gli". They pronounced it "yee".


I personally try to pronounce it as both "yee" and "lee" at the same time. Basically, I try to combine the "l" and "y" sounds into one. I have no idea if I'm right since I don't have an instructor or anything to tell me either way, but that's how I do it. Maybe, one day, I'll find out if I'm right or wrong. In the meantime, I'm just making it sound okay to myself.


How to pronounce gli


I've seen posts that say it's pronounced "yee" or "lee", but so far as I can tell, to pronounce it like an Italian, you need to make a kind of hybrid y/l sound, but the "y" is more of an "almost g" using the back of the tongue.

My strategy is to kind of say "glee" but without fully forming the g, so it sounds more like a y, meaning the back of my tongue doesn't make full contact with the roof of my mouth. The way I do it, the l sound isn't fully formed either, meaning that the tip of my tongue doesn't really make contact with the roof of my mouth. I try to blend the y/g and l sounds.

I'm not sure if my explanation is clear enough, but I'm not sure how to explain it much better than that. Other than trying to decipher my explanation, the best bet is to just try to find audio of Italians saying it on YouTube or something, and just listen to it over and over, and try to mimic it.


Why is gli instead of il?

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