"Io ho le sue bottiglie."

Translation:I have his bottles.

June 15, 2013

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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.


I think this rule applies for all languages with latin origin


Why can't "suo" be used here as the formal "your"?


Sorry--"sue." After reading so many responses, I'd forgotten the context!


Best explanation now I dont have to start fighting with my Italian boyfriend


Thank you for your nice exploration


Thanks so much.


Thanks, now I get it


Thank you so much!!


@jaye 16, many thanks for the information.


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.


So double checking. What in the sentence 'io ho le sue bottiglie' gives us a clue that is HIS? It could easily be HER as well, correct? Did i understand correctly?


That is correct.


you can't tell if the bottles are his, hers or its. so i guess any of these three options is correct.


How would you tell?


I mean is there any way?


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.


Could it be the polite form? I have your bottles


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.


Wouldn't le sue indicate feminine not masculine


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 find it is quite hard to hear the "ho" after "io" here.


Yes, it is quite challenging but then you think: "This sentence needs a verb." So, there's a lot of grammar knowledge invested along with the listening. Not to worry it comes with time. Check out these tips and in particular the Guidelines and best wishes: >https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4821654<


Bottles is plural, so why not "le suoi bottiglie?"


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!!


So double checking. What in the sentence 'io ho le sue bottiglie' gives us a clue that is HIS? It could just as easily be HER? Did i understand correctly?


Why isn't "I have their bottles." correct? le sue can be his/hers/their -it's not gender specific!


No, "I have their bottles" would be /Io ho le loro bottiglie/. In Portuguese "le loro" means "as [garrafas] deles", while "le sue" means "as dele".

On the other hand, I think it would be possible to say:
Io ho le sue bottiglie, signora Teresa, "I have your [formal] bottles, Ms. Teresa".
But someone said (discussion above), that in that case 'Sue' should be capitalized.


How would you translate, I have its bottles?


It's the same.


Does "Io ho le bottiglie di lei." work?


This question has a bug i couldnt place the tiles properly


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?


sue and suo are the same think?#


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


Jaye 16 that was very good it makes things clearer


These should really use "they"/"their" to make it clear that the gender follows the object, not the owner


This is really really doing my head in.


Jaye16, excellent explanation!!Thank you


le sue is female?


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?


Could I not also say ---Io ho le tue bottiglie


Some times the translation from Italian to English is not proper,that confuses me.


Why wasn't I able to translate this has "I have your bottles." Wouldn't sue just act as a your (formal)?


Yes, but the Duolingo does not accept that answer. For instance, it would be possible to say:
Io ho le sue bottiglie, signora Teresa, "I have your [formal] bottles, Ms. Teresa".

But someone said (discussion above), that in that case "Sue" should be capitalized.


I got it right. Please confirm


can sue/suo/sua not translate to singular 'they' in english? isnt that english's closest translation considering it doesnt refer to the subject's gender?


Why not "I have your bottles?" It would seem "le sue" could mean his; her; its; or your (formal, belonging to someone you call Lei) bottles. Does anyone have a reference to a grammar source where Sue must be written in the capitalized form when used in indicate someone you call Lei? I saw that referenced below but don't see that rule written in the Duolingo lessons or the Collins grammar table for possessive adjectives. If it is a hard and fast rule that can be referenced to an authoritative source I would be appreciative for the reference. Thank you.

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