"The boy cooks the food."
Translation:Il ragazzo cucina il cibo.
Why not il ragazzo cucino il cibo? Since boy is masculine, shouldn't the verb tense be masculine as well?
Nevermind, I figured it out. It's the conjugation for he or she, regardless of gender.
Two solutions are offered. What is the difference between "Il cucina" and "Il cuoce"?
"il" is a definite article and it goes before a noun not a verb.
- la cucina = the kitchen
- "cucina". 3rd person singular of verb cucinare
- "cuoce" 3rd person singular of verb cuocere.
"Cuocere" is cooking with heat, "cucinare" is the broader set of operations from preparation to presentation, including of course "cuocere". When heat isn't involved, generally neither is used and it's just "preparare". (by f.formica)
He drinks is Beve (with an E on the end). It boils is Bolle (with an E on the end). But Mangia and Tagglia (and others) have an A on the end. Third person singular are hard for me to remember. Bevo/Beve is easy. Mangio/Mangia makes me have to think.