Then traditionally the masculine plural is chosen, and they're all "i gatti".
The male dog is "il cane", plural "i cani" (also used for mixed gender). The female dog is "la cagna", plural "le cagne". A female dog still can be called "un cane", this is also because of "cagna" being slighly inappropriate (it's used to insult a woman).
Ah, just as in English! (Though professional breeders may still use the English of "la cagna" to refer to breeding females.)
In Italian "cagna" didn't use to be as rude as its English counterpart, since it's not so much used as an insult, but still it has this slightly bad connotation which leads many people to avoid it. However, it looks like recently "cagna" has become a popular insult on social networks for "lascive girls" and it's common to see it used as in English.
Le gatte are just female cats. I gatti are a mix of both genders or just make cats.
I think this is because when a singular word finishes by "a" (like "una mela") it will turns into "e" when plural (una mela, due mele) ; But when the singular is "e" (like pesce), it will turns into "i" for plural (un pesce, due pesci).
Yes, when I first went to Rome I almost walked into a restroom with a sign that said "Signore." Three men jumped up frantically and stopped me, trying to explain that signore might mean "gentleman" but it also means "ladies." That was my first encounter with "e" at the end of a singular or plural word.
That is because gatti starts with a consonant. Gli is used for plural words that start with a vowel or the s or z. I is used for singular words that start with a vowel.
Basically, if the singular uses "il" the plural uses "i" and if the singular uses "l'" or "lo" the plural uses "gli". Right?
I guess you meant "Il is used for singular words that start with a vowel". Besides, lo/gli (sing./plur.) is used with words starting with vowel, z or s followed by consonant such as st- or sp-: lo spazio (gli spazi), il serpente (i serpenti).
The voice here didn't say "pesce," she said "pesci." Now I have to do it all again.
Gatto = Male cat Gatte = Female Cat iL Gatto = M Le Gatte = F (Gatti = M+F i Gatti = M+F Plural Form of its either M or F.) I hope it helps or please help me if im wrong.
Il gatto: sing. male La gatta: sing. female I gatti: plur. male or mixed Le gatte: plur. female
Can I use pesci instead of pesce if I want to the that the cats eat fishES?
If "i gatti" can refer to a group of cats that is all male, then wouldn't "the tomcats" be acceptable? In English, a tomcat is a male cat (and only a male cat, never a female cat). And if we wanted to be clear that the group of cats is 100% male, we might say "the tomcats" as well as "the male cats".
I am not reporting this as a mistake; I am just wondering if there is some distinction in Italian that I am missing. I see someone else asked about "tomcats" but no one had an answer for the questioner.
Then why the app sometimes says it is incorrect to translate the cats to i gatti.
Might be my microphone or duolingo's "flexible" pronunciation acceptance but I definitely pronounced this incorrectly (man-gee-ahn-no and pess-keh) when properly, it would be (man-gahn-no and pesh-ay) and it said I got it correct. A bit confusing for a beginner learner who really wants to get proper pronunciation down :(