"Not in April, but in October."
Translation:Non in aprile, ma in ottobre.
can somebody please explain what is the difference between "ad aprile" and "in aprile"? thanks
Why is it "ad" before aprile but "a" before ottobre? Both months start with vowels.
You can't use "a" before a word starting with a - it would be extremely difficult to pronounce. "Ad + word starting with a" is correct.
I think you use 'ad' to separate 'a' and another word that starts with 'a', not necessarily to separate any word that starts with a vowel. same with 'ed' - i think it's usually reserved for words starting with 'e', not any vowel
Yes please, I 'd like to know as well. I submitted: "non ad aprile, bensì a ottobre" and it was marked as wrong. Why is this wrong? thanks!
Bensi is used more as otherwise. So like 'John bensi George' basically interprets as 'Most likely John, but otherwise George'
So if you translate this as 'Not April, otherwise October' it doesnt really mean the same thing.
Me too, considering just a few lessons ago the lesson said that bensì meant "but rather"
Hi, it was marked wrong because you used 'a ottobre', instead of 'ad ottobre' (ad used when the next word begins with a vowel i believe)
I heard in another discussion that "ma" is much more common and is more casual. This is not a complete sentence, without a verb, and by nature is then more casual.
When translating " in october" when may I use "in " and when "a "or are they interchangeable?
Pronunciation question. In quick, casual speech, does "ma" tend to blend with the next word if it starts with a vowel? (Phonetically "Main" rather than "Ma in")....
I submitted the same thing as you who used "bensi." I wonder why we are switching to a new construction.
Having a quick look down all the comments here tells me that there is a need to know certain elementary things which, incidentally, you would find in most text books on a given language; now I know that DL is free, and an extremely useful tool for acquiring an affinity with a language, but, as I mentioned above, there are obviously quite a few people who would like to know the answer to this query without having to hunt around for clues. If there is a readily available explanation on DL for the seemingly random use of 'in' vs 'da' with months, then I apologize. In the meantime I have a friend from Venice visiting today, and will ask her.
Yes, there is no verb and this is a phrase used perhaps to answer a question and it is not a sentence.
I got marked down for only putting the 'ad' in front of 'aprile'. Is there no implied continuation of form like in English.
Because you don't use the article with months in this context, and your phrase expands to in l'ottober. The article l' shouldn't be there.