"Gli animali sono intorno a noi."
Translation:The animals are around us.
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Really this should be accepted. I can't really think of a situation in English where we would say that "the animals are around us". If we were in the middle of a circle of animals, we would say "the animals surround us" or "we are surrounded by animals". If we are saying there are lots of animals in the immediate vicinity, we would say "the animals are all around us".
Technically "the animals are around us" makes sense, grammatically, but I don't think we would ever really say it.
I'm inclined to agree, but DL did not include the all important 'tutti' in the sentence so I guess they want just 'around'. I've given up trying to use normal English and just go for the literal translation. What worries me is the same thing happening on the Italian side? Am I learning pidgin Italian?
Actually, I believe 'intorno a' means 'about.' So, yes, it seems to me that should be an acceptable translation for the sentence. I am not a native speaker, so there might be some subtlety I am missing. But my Webster's New World Italian Dictionary leads me to believe you are correct.