"Not in April, but in October."

Translation:Non in aprile, ma in ottobre.

June 19, 2013



can somebody please explain what is the difference between "ad aprile" and "in aprile"? thanks

February 25, 2014


I could do with knowing this too if anyone has an answer?

April 26, 2016


None, apparently, since both are accepted.

May 14, 2018


WHy is it using in + month here in Italian in stead of a + month?

August 13, 2014


Why is it "ad" before aprile but "a" before ottobre? Both months start with vowels.

June 22, 2013


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.

May 25, 2014


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

October 23, 2014


I was thinking the same thing

June 25, 2013


It does accept ad...ad as well... But yeah, seems odd.

March 13, 2014


Why is it using "in" instead of a or ed?

June 28, 2015


Is "bensi" wrong here (with an accent of course)

June 19, 2013


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!

July 6, 2013


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.

January 13, 2015


Me too, considering just a few lessons ago the lesson said that bensì meant "but rather"

July 23, 2013


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)

November 13, 2015


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.

October 31, 2014


When translating " in october" when may I use "in " and when "a "or are they interchangeable?

April 11, 2017


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")....

September 24, 2014



March 29, 2016


I submitted the same thing as you who used "bensi." I wonder why we are switching to a new construction.

August 8, 2013


How about "bensi" instead of "ma"?

November 28, 2016


Why not "oppure" instead of "ma"? I thought it meant "but rather"?

January 31, 2017


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.

September 18, 2018


We are waiting the verdict from the Italian friend!!!

May 4, 2019


Where is the verb here

October 5, 2014


Yes, there is no verb and this is a phrase used perhaps to answer a question and it is not a sentence.

October 31, 2014


I got marked down for only putting the 'ad' in front of 'aprile'. Is there no implied continuation of form like in English.

July 20, 2015


Please explain why it would not be nell'ottobre?

January 6, 2016


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.

May 14, 2018


When I tap on 'in', I hear 'ip'

August 31, 2018


I put 'Non a aprile, ma a ottobre' and it was accepted.

March 6, 2019
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