"La donna entra nel mio ristorante."
Translation:The woman enters my restaurant.
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One of the definitions of "entra" is "goes in". So why is "goes into" incorrect? Is there some shade of meaning in Italian between "goes in or goes into" and "enter" that I'm not understanding? If so, you need to make this crystal clear. In English, the phrases are used interchangeably.
My problem is that the translator feature translates "entra" as "he/she/it goes in". I knew better than to use "goes in" because "entrare" is a cognate to English "enter", but I thought I'd do better literally translating the "in" of "goes in" to the "in" of the compound preposition "nel" meaning "in the". It makes me feel set up for a misunderstanding that there's a translation of "goes in" for "entrare".
Being interchangeable is not the same as equivalent.
Personally I don't think the following sentences are equivalent, although I can't put my finger on what the difference is.
The woman enters the restaurant
The woman comes into the restaurant
The woman comes in the restaurant
The last one sounds odd to me. I wouldn't use it.
And the first two - although they are interchangeable in most situations - I do think there's a subtle difference.
I think it's partly that 2 is more casual than 1, and partly that enters (to me) implies she did it of her own volition, where as in 2 she have come into the restaurant under her own volition or being carried or unconscious or... I don't know... maybe that's not really a good way to explain the difference but I certainly feel that there is one.
I don't doubt that such subtleties exist, but we're talking about translating one Italian sentence. If we were translating a novel we might know how willing or conscious she was and we might translate accordingly. But given just this sentence, "comes into" and "enters" are equally good for expressing the information we're given.
I agree with these last few suggestions that 'comes into my ...' implies that I am already in there, while 'goes into' then seems to imply I am not inside while she enters. I also agree that this topic is a 'slippery' one and I have not gained a full understanding yet; I remain patient and thank duoLingo for allowing us a forum to engage in enlightening discussions like this.
Okay so I guess "enter" is what they call a "transitive" verb and "entrare" is intransitive? In other words "enter" allows the place you're going into to follow right after it as an object, and "entrare" requires wherever you're going into to follow in the form of an location adverbial modifier?...
I agree. Duo is trying to teach us the verb entrare. Of course it wants us to use the word "enter." If it wanted us to use "go" it would give us andare to translate. I can't understand why so many people constantly gripe that it hasn't accepted their idiomatic translation, as though they are trying to score points in an online game instead of learning a language.
If this is any help (I'm a native speaker of English from Britain) I'd say that "the woman enters my restaurant" is very formal English. It'd be more natural to say "the woman goes into my restaurant" or "the woman comes into my restaurant". (The difference would be that you'd say "goes into" if you weren't inside the restaurant yourself, and "comes into" if you were inside). And of course, in any case, I'd normally only use this simple present if I were talking about something which happens habitually; otherwise I'd say "the woman's going into my restaurant" or "the woman's coming into my restaurant".
Nel, is the fusion of "in + the", in this case in+ il (because the nouns is masculine, il ristorante).
Other examples, with masculine nouns:
In the garden- nel giardino
In the building-nel palazzo
In the bathroom-nel bagno
Read the rest if you want to see other forms of "in"
However "nel" can becomes other forms, it depends always of the genre of the noun:
*Nella (in+la) for feminine nouns
*Nello (in+lo) for masculine nouns, most of them starts with "sp"
*Nell' (in+l') for nouns that starts with a vowel (for both genres of noun)
*Nel (see above)
In the house- nella casa In the place-nella piazza
In the space-nello spazio
In the water-nell'acqua In the eye-nell'occhio
There are also their plural forms: negli (in+gli), nelle (in+le), nei (in+i)
Nei = it's used for masculine nouns that starts with a consonant
In the garderns-nei giardini
In the furniture-nei mobili
Negli= it's used for plural masculine nouns that starts with a vowel
In the buildings-negli edifici
In the eyes-negli occhi
Nelle= it's used for plural feminine nouns
In the house- nelle case
In the waters-nelle acque