"The insect is in the butter."

Translation:L'insetto è nel burro.

June 26, 2013



Why is nel and not nello? …nel burro but nello zucchere?

June 26, 2013

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Nel and nello are preposition+article compounds: in + "il burro" becomes "nel burro", while in + "lo zucchero" becomes "nello zucchero".

June 26, 2013


They have this thing that you use the article "lo" every time the substantive starts with z. And so all the articles change as well.

May 4, 2018


I have the correct answer as 'l'insetto e dentro il burro'. Question: why dentro? Why not nel? Dentro is translated as 'right', isn't it?

July 14, 2016


They gave you an option to choose dentro? I didn't get that as an option..that's odd. Is every phone set up differently with duo-lingo. Also i'm almost certain "L'insetto è nel burro" is correct, but I'm assuming since you spelled what you said correctly. It is assuming it to be the same delivery. Did it also correct you in some way?

January 9, 2018


it said the same thing for me! I don't understand it so I reported it. IDK what else to do with that

August 2, 2018


I believe it should be IL insetto since insetto is masculine. I would use La if the following word is feminine

May 11, 2014


If a noun begins with a vowel, its definite article is l'

July 23, 2014


"il insectto è nello i burro" lol I couldn't have been more wrong :P

October 17, 2015


hi, how do we know when to add 'il' or to leave it out? as in 'the' butter. thanks

January 26, 2019


I still am confused as when to use L and il. Is it L because it's the first word of the sentence?

March 21, 2014


L' is used if the next word starts with a vowel. It's use is similar to that of 'an' in English (vs. 'a' when you have a consonant or consonant-sound (e.g. university) at the start of the next word).

March 25, 2014


Got it; thank you!!

March 25, 2014


Please.... when do we use nel and when do we use nello? I'm seriously confused!

November 1, 2018
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