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"The boy cooks the food."

Translation:Il ragazzo cucina il cibo.

June 17, 2013



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.


Right, - the verb is Cucinare, (to) cook, and in present tense the conjugations are:

cucino - I cook
cucini - you cook
cucina - he/she/it/You cook
cuciniamo - we cook
cucinate - you (all) cook
cucinano - they/You (all) cook

A great place to look up this kind of things is WordRef


I (Io) --> cucino He/She (Lui/Lei/singular) -->cucina


I have the same question


Why cucina? I thought you would use a musculine one?


Verbs do not have a gender. (Io) cucino is I cook. (Lui/lei) cucina is he/she cooks


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.


Italian verbs are divided into three types depending on if they end in -are, –ere or –ire. For each type there is a model pattern on how they are conjugated, (- although there are exceptions).

Examples: Mangiare = eat, Bere = drink, Dormire = sleep

You may want to read up on these paterns e.g. at ThoughCo


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)


That was incredibly helpful, thank you so much!


It said to use bambino when it never taught me that word


Ok, I know pasto is meal and cibo is food, but is it so different that duo won't accept it?


Why il cibo an d not mangiare?


il cibo = the food
mangiare = (to) eat


Why does the bear have to look mad? Lol


Spelt ragazzo wrong.. didnt get it wrong though?


Still dont get the use of la and il.


In Italian everything is either male or female, - there is no neutrum . . like it.

E.g. a bicycle or a window is female una biciletta o una finestra is female and a cork or a bucket is male un sughero o un secchio is male.

If we want to be specific about someone or something we use the definite article and in English it is very simple: the man, the woman, the buckets, the windows. In Italian the definite article varies by both gender/sex and number: il uomo, la donna, i secchi, *le finestre.

You may want to read up on this e.g. at ThoughtCo


so must it be IL ragazzo and not LE ragazzo? what is the main difference?


You may want to read a ThoughCo article on Italian definite articles.
They explain it in more detail and better than I can.


I got wrong answer for a typo! That is not right!


Cosa è lui cucina?

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