how would one translate "i have her bottles" it seems it would be the same sentence? if that is the case how can i convey "his bottles" v/s "her bottles"
@ sajeeck It's the same. I just tried it and it was accepted. Some very kind person wrote this on another site: I'm sorry I don't know the name but many thanks, again. "His" translates to "suo" for masculine nouns and "sua" for feminine nouns, and her does too and so does its.
1.The boy has his dog. "Il ragazzo ha il suo cane."
2.The boy has his pasta. "il ragazzo ha la sua pasta."
3. The girl has her dog "La ragazza ha il suo cane."
4. The girl has her pasta "La ragazza ha la sua pasta.
5 The animal has its food "L'animale ha il suo cibo."
6The animal has its water "L'animale ha la sua acqua."
The "suo" or "sua" depend on the gender of the noun possessed NOT the person possessing. See: "il cane" is masculine. So, we say:
"The boy has his dog.""il suo cane." or
the girl has her dog." AGAIN "...il suo cane."
The same for "it".
The "suo" doesn't depend on the 'boy' or 'girl' but the 'dog'.
Most brilliant explanations! Deserves 3 lingots of mine, just don't know how to get them to you, briilliant thank yous
Thank you very much for your kind words and thought of sending lingots. As you see I was simply forwarding what someone else had written. I'm glad you found it helpful.
Best explanation now I dont have to start fighting with my Italian boyfriend
Pronouns match the OBJECTS' not the SUBJECTS' gender. Hence "Her bottles" means "sue bottiglie" not because "her" is feminine, but because "bottiglie" is feminine. "His bottles" means "sue bottiglie" as well! And "his" or "her" dogs means "suoi cani". There's no word for "it" in Italian. I suppose it's often translated as "lui". "Sue" was supposed to match any third person of the singular (he/she/it -> lui/lei). Reporting.
you can't tell if the bottles are his, hers or its. so i guess any of these three options is correct.
Not other than the context of the sentence, which in this case is non-excistent
Why is the a 'le' before 'sue'? Is there any difference between 'sua' and 'suo' and 'sue'? And in what context are they all used?
From what I've observed, 'suo', 'sua', 'sue', and 'suoi' all rely on the gender of the possessed noun (il suo cane, I suoi cani, la sua mela, le sue mele). And when you are stating that something is possessed, it must have the same article as that possessed noun (il pane è il suo, i pani è i suoi cani, gli elefanti è gli suoi, la farfalla è la sua, le farfalle è le sue).
From what I understand, this is because when referring to a noun non-specifically, it is correct to use an article before it ("Io bevo l'acqua" is more correct than "Io bevo acqua").
I think a good way of remembering this is that when referring to something as his or hers, it is a non-specific reference to that noun, and therefore, requires an article.
Please, please. If any of this is incorrect or inaccurate, do not hesitate to say so. I am primarily am English speaker and only have a very limited Italian education. Grazie.
I thought the same, but apparently Sue has to be capitalized in that case, accoring to what I have read in another thread on this topic.
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La bottiglia sing fem le bottiglie plural also fem suoi is plural but masculine
What is actually going on here!I'm not getting anything?
At some place,they write that ''I don't have your bottles'' and here ''I have his bottles''.Seriously,nothing is actually getting into my head!!
Read the previous posts to get your answer. The "le sue" is feminine plural because "botteglie" is feminine plural. It has nothing to do with the person. But seriously, it's very well explained above and it's a really good habit to read the posts.
I couldn't even hear the "ho" in this sentence. Is that because it tends to get elided in Italian, or is that because of the synthesized speech?
can someone tell me how to pronounce bottiglie, I am having trouble pronouncing it and want to know what parts of the word you are saying
These should really use "they"/"their" to make it clear that the gender follows the object, not the owner
I found this to be a useful reference http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare132a.htm
My problem some times i think in english some times in spanish wish is my native language besides when the sound of pronunciation is too low at the end ?i get frustrated, but this progam is heaven i learnin at home, thank you
Why is "I'm having his bottles." wrong? the action could be ongoing until present, correct? thanks for your answers
Once again you are all amazing. You ask and answer all my questions. Awesome learning experience!!!
Dear DuoLingo ... is there any way to redo verbal repeats? I feel like I am saying what the computer is saying, but 80% of the time I'm marked wrong. Is there a way to find out what I am doing wrong? if the word does not turn blue - does that mean the computer did not 'hear' me? (maybe that is part of the reason I keep getting it wrong??) :0) thanks so much
anyone else having this issue?
I believe (I am still learning as well!) you use 'suoi' for his/hers/its when the (plural) object in question is not feminine. Or, anyway, when it does not end with the feminine plural -E.
Examples without suoi:
la ragazza ha la sua scarpa ed indossa la sua gonna (the girl has her shoe and wears her skirt)
la ragazza ha le sue scarpe ed indossa le sue gonne (the girl has her shoes and wears her skirts)
Examples with suoi:
il ragazzo gioca con i suoi pantaloni (the boy plays with his pants)
la donna dà i suoi biscotti al ragazzo (the woman gives her cookies to the boy)
quei cavalli sono i suoi...? (are those horses hers / his...?)