I thought il gatto was masculine... why isn't this "I nostri gatti non sono bianchi"?
Interesting, so does this mean every animal has a male/female version? Such as, il tartarugo, la delfina, l'orsa, etc?
Gatto/gatta is one of the more common pairs. L'orsa works too, but there aren't two commonly used versions for every animal :)
Thank you for clarifying, this helps a lot to know.
As a long-term language learner, I'm used to checking up on other websites for explanations, pronunciations, and grammatical rules, but I sometimes worry that beginners to language learning might sometimes lack these sorts of clarifications and, by learning exclusively through Duolingo, may go a long time not quite understanding rules.
This point might be useful to add as one of the mandatory explanations which appear on screen the first time, as I've seen with other points. Maybe it could appear in the animals section?
Anyway, keep up the excellent work, this course is an absolute pleasure to work through x
No. There are only a handful of animals whose sex grants them a grammatical distinction. Most animals only have one grammatical gender (noun class) regardless of their actual sex.
Thanks. You are always right because I am learning your language! But once in a while give me a break.
They are for approximately 2 hours after giving them a wash. Then it all goes to hell...
nostra = our singular feminine thing
nostre = our plural feminine things
nostro = our singular masculine thing
nostri = our plural masculine things
The differences between masculine/feminine and singular/plural seem overwhelming at first, but just keep doing the exercises and reading through the sentences. It will all fall into place, and your mind will automatically start choosing the right one.. Memorizing the differences never worked for me, but repeated usage finally got my brain to comprehend it.
There is a pattern that holds 90-95% of the time.
If a noun or adjective ends in ___, it is ___:
-o; masculine singular
-i; masculine plural
-a; feminine singular
-e; feminine plural
I thought the colour adjective had to match plurals also, why not bianchi
Le nostre gatte non sono bianche.
Le = feminine plural "the"
nostre = feminine plural "our"
gatte = feminine plural "cats"
bianche = feminine plural "white"
bianco = singular masculine "white"
bianchi = plural masculine "white"
bianca = singular feminine "white"