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Possesives

I survived.. after many tries :)

July 9, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ziggKogg

Yeaaaaaaaaaahh!! Good job :D

July 9, 2013

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There are mistakes in Duo Lingo in the Possessives sections, which means that if you have passed it then some of the things you have learnt are wrong:

All possessive adjectives must agree in gender and number with the noun they modify with the exception of loro (their). In Italian the possessive adjectives are preceded by the appropriate definite article ('il, la, i or le'), unless you are talking about certain family members.

Here are some examples of Duolingo mistakes:

Duo Lingo incorrectly gives the following phrases as being correct, when they are not:

Il pranzo è suo - is marked ‘correct’ by Duolingo - when it is incorrect and SHOULD BE:

'il pranzo è il suo'

'L'olio è suo' - is marked ‘correct’ by Duolingo - when it is incorrect and SHOULD BE:

'L'olio è il suo'

‘Il gatto è mio’ - is marked ‘correct’ by Duolingo - when it is incorrect and SHOULD BE:

‘Il gatto è il mio’

For some reliable guidance on Possessive Adjectives the following is written by my Italian Teacher:

“All possessive adjectives must agree in gender and number with the noun they modify with the exception of loro (their). The possessive adjectives are preceded by the appropriate definite article. Study the following:

My:

Singular masculine: il mio libro | Plural masculine: i miei libri | Singular feminine: la mia penna | Plural feminine: le mie penne

Your (familiar):

Singular masculine: il tuo amico | Plural masculine: i tuoi amici | Singular feminine: la tua amica | Plural feminine: le tue amiche

His/Her/Your (polite - Lei):

Singular masculine: il suo tavolo | Plural masculine: i suoi tavoli | Singular feminine: la sua bicicletta | Plural feminine: le sue biciclette

Our:

Singular masculine: il nostro libro | Plural masculine: i nostri libri | Singular feminine: la nostra casa | Plural feminine: le nostre case

Your (Plural):

Singular masculine: il vostro giardino | Plural masculine: i vostri giardini | Singular feminine: la vostra macchina | Plural feminine: le vostre macchine

Their:

Singular masculine: il loro libro | Plural masculine: i loro libri | Singular feminine: la loro scuola | Plural feminine: le loro scuole

With family names: possessive adjectives followed by singular family names do not use the definite article with the exception of loro (la loro madre) or if there is a suffix or prefix. Diminutive forms (eg mamma) also take the definite article. Study the following:

Mia sorella è a scuola la mia sorellina è a scuola
Le mie sorelle sono a scuola Suo cugino è americano Il suo cugino più grande è americano I suoi cugini sono americani Il loro fratello è qui I loro fratelli sono qui…”

I hope this helps!

July 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garagonp

First of all, thanks a lot for such an extensive explanation, I really appreciate the time you took to type it :)

As a spanish native speaker I understand clearly about using gender and number in possesive to modify a noun, in this point I think it was easy for me to understand.

Checking the examples mentioned by you, I don't remember any one when working on the lessons, maybe they have been already fixed, I will take some time later to check again. I had already read about using the article with family names.

Duolingo is a nice place to start learning a language but, off course, you need to use additional resources to really learn it, since complementary explanations (just like the one you kindly provided here) are required in order to better understand it, anyway it is a nice (and free) resource.

Best regards!

July 16, 2013
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