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"My shoe is green."

Translation:La mia scarpa è verde.

June 12, 2013



this is wierd... bianco, can be changed to bianca, nianchi, and also nero to nera and neri. why verde always stays the same and are there any colors that also stay the same?


Adjectives ending in e don't generally change according to gender and they also always take an I in the plural making it look masculine. But Italian also has quite a few color words that come from the name of nouns. These don't change either for gender or number. Many of those end in a, making the noun look feminine. This includes rosa, viola and ocra.



Thanks for this explanation.


Perché l'italiano è bello! XD


I most languages there are certain words that do not change from singular to plural. They are called "invariable". This is just one of them.

It's more common in those that end in "e" in the singular, but that's not a set rule. For instance, as stated below, rosa is also invariable.


But only one of them! The other is a bright pink.


Why is it la mia and not mia scarapa e' verde


I think verde and rosa always stay the same.


and blu, viola, rosa, indaco


Verde: singular, Verdi:plural.


I had expected verdA because the other color names also change.


So if "verde" is the singular feminine form of "green", what's the plural? Since it's an adjective that has to agree with its noun


Verde is both singular and plural. It is invariable.


No. Plural (male and female) is verdi


Now I know that verdura (vegetables) belongs to verde (green)


Verde was actually one of the first Italian words I learned (beside food items), although I was learning French in school. We were on a car trip and some classical music came on the radio that I liked, so I asked who wrote it. My father replied Joe Green. I told him that classical composers never had names like that, so what was his real name. He responded, you may know him as Giuseppe Verde.


Why is this sentence feminine not masculine?


Because scarpa is feminine and it the subject of the sentence. Whether the shoe is owned by a man or woman doesn't affect the gender of most nouns. Only positions and roles held by people assume the gender of the person holding the position.

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