When you have indefinite article like (un,una, uno) use "an" before nouns that begin with a vowel and "a" before nouns that begin with a consonant.
I'd clarify @dnovinc's answer slightly by saying this is done phonetically. Examples; "an hour" with the silent "h" and "a unicorn" with the "u" pronounced as "yu".
When the following word starts by a vowel sound, we use AN, e.g.: an elephant, an apple, an uncle, an hour, an honour, an heir, an heiress, an honourable man, an empty glass, an MP member, an L-shaped object, etc
When the following word starts by a consonant sound, including semivowels /j/ and /w/, we use A, e.g.: a house, a horse, a cat, a ghost, a friend, a European country, a ewe, a university, a universal language, a uniform, a UFO, a one-eyed person, a wet coat, a woman, etc.
Almost the same thing happens with the two pronunciations of the definitive article THE, e.g.: the ewe /ðə 'ju:/, the elephant / ði ‘ɛlɪfənt /.
And what about The United States, The United Nations, The United Kingdom, The European Commission, etc?
you use 'an' before a vowel like :apple, and you use 'a' before a word like flower or dog
When the word start with syllable you use an. But when the word starts with consonant you use a
This sentence makes no sense whatsoever. The audio sounds like "la" but is really "una". Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't "ragazzo" masculine, and "una" feminine?
The audio is fine, I don't hear "la". If you have problems with audio just report it through in-lesson "report a problem" button, that way duolingo's staff gets notified.
Yes, you're right, since "ragazzo" = "boy" is masculine singular noun the definite article preceding it is "il" and because "mela"= "apple" is a feminine singular noun the indefinite article preceding it is "una".
Is there a trick to knowing what is feminine and what is masculine when it comes to objects? I know the obvious when talking about "Ragazzo" and "ragazze".... but what about works like pane, mela, acqua, etc..... do you just have to memorize them, or is there a trick?
- Generally, nouns ending in -o are masculine, nouns ending in -a are feminine.
- Nouns ending in -e may be masculine or feminine. The gender of these nouns must be memorized.
a bit more about this: http://italian.about.com/library/weekly/aa051000a.htm
I understand following rule: il = masculine article, la = feminine article. So why is it "il ragazzo" but not "il uomo"?
Grammar rule. There are 3 masculine articles..."il" used before a masculine noun beginning with a consonant..ex. Il ragazzo, Il libro...."lo" used before a noun beginning with z (zio) or s + another consonant (stadio, spazio), ex. Lo stadio, lo zio) and "l'" followed by a noun beginning with a vowel...(uomo, uovo) ex. L'uomo, l'uovo). There are 2 feminine articles..."la" and l'......la casa.... article is followed by a feminine noun beginning with a consonant (casa)..la casa...and l' followed by feminine noun beginning with a vowel (Opera)...l'opera. make sense?? Good luck!!!
I'm with Mr_Silent_Watch_, here. The words simply don't sound right even in slow motion.
the audio said "una"...even if not perfect, is recognizable. Anyway, ragazzo is Boy so is masculine, una is feminine, the definite article. But in this case, you refer to the complement object "mela". so become "una"
Yes that is correct but it's the websites fault if you can't understand the robot voice.
I know why it should be "an" instead of "a" but I still do not see why it is counted as incorrect. Would that not be an English grammatical problem, rather than a language problem?
How do you figure out whether the sentence means
The boy eats an apple or The boy is eating an apple. How do you define tenses as we do in English?
How am I supposed to know when to use "the" or "one"? I put "The boy eats the apple" and it said I was wrong and I should have "The boy eats one apple."
Io mangio Tu mangi Lui/Lei mangia Noi mangiamo Voi mangiate Loro mangiano
Each person has its ending form
I believe lo is used before nouns that have certain foremost phonetics, like z (lo zucchero) and s+consonant (lo studente). And I think it's only for masculine nouns since its plural is gli.
Mangia una mela can be translated as "eats an apple" or "is eating an apple". Please dont mark me wrong for saying one or the other!
mine said the boy ate one Apple then it turns around and says im wrong wut is up wit that!!!!!
"The boy 'ate' 'one' apple."= past tense... "The boy 'eats' 'an' apple"= simple present tense
Could someone please explain the difference between "a" and "an"? Thank you!
ragazzo is not the correct translation for boy. i used to live in italy and the correct translation for boy is bambino, ragazzo/a is meant for older kids like teenagers.
does it really matter if i put a instead of an it has the same definition as an
why do we use Il Ragazzo = the boy while all other THE = la la donna l'uomo la ragazza
I wrote: Il ragazzo MANGIO una mela,,, Thinking that after ragazzo should be mangio and not mangia!!
i also had problems with the "una" sounding like "la". glad i'm not the only one!
I had issues hearing the "il". It just sounded like a small, barely noticeable blip in the audio.
( Italian translation, English translation) Il, the, ragazzo, boy, mangia, eats, una, an, mela, apple.
i dont think it fair it corects you in grammer like how are you going to tell me im wrong when im trying to learn a WHOLE NEW LANGUAGE and sry i get one grammer mistake wrong.
Well I would say the 'practice' is wrong - because when I put an apple it states one apple - and therefore classes it as incorrect - surely the answer is as above - so perhaps the 'program' needs altering to state that The boy eats an apple is correct, and this it is not the boy eats one apple
why would you get it wrong if you just say eat instead of eats not a big deal :(
I doubt anyone will see this.... but does the audio sound like "illi ragazzo" to anyone else when she's saying "il ragazzo". Am I hearing things or is that really how you pronounce "il" when in front of "ragazzo"?
Why are "mangia", "una", and "mela" all feminine while "il" and "ragazzo" are masculine?
U LOVE YOU ULOVE ME LETS KILL DOULINGO WITH A TREE. Im so frustrated right now!
Should 'una' actually be 'un' since it is talking about a boy and not a girl?
Shouldn't 'una' be 'un' since we are talking about a boy and not a girl. There is usually a difference between masculine and femine words. Is there a grammatical rule or something envolved?
Sound of the speaker is really weird and funny...in addition the voice ia not so clear... it sounds some words in a state and they are spelled in a totally different way
I did not hear "il"... I'm a beginner at this and even when i slowed down the audio it was still difficult to hear.
Either the application's voice detection software is bad, or my LG G3's microphone is lacking, because I always have trouble with these kinds of activities.
It's a little tricky to pronounce "il ragazzo" you have to pronounce il but remember the r roll of the next word. any pointers?
This is so annoying and I hate duo lingo for not letting me put a apple but no it has to be an apple.