All colors ending in 'a' or 'e' (gender-invariant, that is. I believe colors ending in 'e' do vary with number, unlike those ending in 'a')
Trying to get the invariants straight. In my research, it seems marrone and verde will change for plural nouns. Is this true?
Also, is "blu" more commonly used than azzurro? I read that azzurro might imply a lighter blue. It seems that "blu" does not change endings for gender or number.
Porpora is also not used in these exercises. Does it change with color or number?
The words for orange are confusing me quite a bit. On this program it uses arancione. I've also seen arancio. Is one more common or have a more specific application? Does arancione only change endings for plural nouns? What about arancio? Is it invariant?
Sorry for all the questions, I just want to get this straight! Thanks!
1) marrone and verde do change for plural nouns (marroni, verdi) 2)azzurro and blu are two different colours, even if there is not a word in English for azzurro. For example, the colour in the background of the UK flag is BLU, whereas the sky is AZZURRO when it's sunny. Can you understand the difference now? 3)Porpora doesn't change, but it's very archaic and not used in modern Italian. 4)Arancione does change for the plural (arancioni), whereas arancio doesn't. However, arancio sounds like old-style Italian to me... everyone says arancione (whereas the fruit, orange, is arancio or arancia).
The last time I was in my local Do It Yourself store, the range of paint colours was mind blowing!
In 'rossa' it's a short 'o' and short and sharp 's' sound, in 'rosa' it's slower and softer.
Rose is one of the meanings given for "rosa". Does that mean the flower only? Rose is a color name in English but when I write, "a rose wallet," it is rejected.
A rose wallet sounds slightly strange in English, even though, as you state, rose is a colo(u)r. To me it sounds like a wallet containing roses! Bizarre. Whereas a pink wallet is normal.
be careful. when you want to express red, you should use the double S (rossa) and when you want to say pink you use a single S
A "purse" is an old-fashioned term for "wallet." Both hold money, but nowadays purses are larger and can hold wallets. Wallets, however, are too small to hold purses.
Could i say pink purse instead of ponk wallet since it refers to a girl
It makes no difference that the sentence is about a girl, David260430. See my response to Lindsey336362.
I put purse as it was a girl. Is there a different Italian word for purse? Is portafoglio just a man's wallet?
Portafoglio isn't a good word for "purse". You could say "borsa" or "borsetta."
Be careful. "Purse" has different meanings in US and British English. In Britain, purse means (I suppose) a lady's wallet, often carried inside a handbag - which I think Americans call a purse. But I don't believe Portafoglio is a good word for either. And Billfold is not used at all in Britain.
In English a purse is a wallet and not a handbag, so my tranlation that the girl buys a pink purse is correct