I recently saw a post by a Moderator saying they were working on "the quality of the Italian listening section"!!!
I'm slightly confused. By pepper, do they mean pepper as in the vegetable,or 'salt and pepper' pepper?
Bell pepper (the vegetable) = Peperone.
Black pepper (the spice) = Pepe nero.
Hot pepper (the spice and the hot vegetable. aka chili) = Peperoncino.
Myrtle pepper (Allspice, Pimenta, Jamaica pimenta) = Pimento / Pepe della Giamaica.
I wrote the ingredient is pepper instead of the ingredient is THE pepper. Is says this is incorrect?
Yes, because "the" shows it is a particular kind of pepper not plain 'ole supermarket pepper. The pepper I got in Sanibar Sylt e.g.
"The" only belongs in the sentence if pepper is qualified by an adjective or an adjectival phrase - the green pepper, or indeed the pepper from Sanibar ..... but there is no such qualification so the "the" is redundant - indeed, wrong.
You are forgetting the emphatic "the", used to single out and draw attention to something.
Give a real life example - not one dreamed up by someone to erroneously try to demonstrate a point of translation - Italians often use the definite article when we do not in English - and I think this is an example of that.
I already did, but I can give another one if you'd like.
Situation: Grocery store
"Can I help you, ma'am?"
"Yes, I'm looking for the pepper."
why is it il pepe, is it specific pepper? I'm a bit unclear as to when and when not to use the definite article
Quite a lot of singular nouns in Italian end in e - they can be either feminine or masculine. You just have to learn them. Unlike nouns which end in o or a where you can guess the gender from the ending.
What is the plural of pepper? Google translate is incomplete and therefore has a lot of errors, and it says "i peperoni," but is it "i pepi?"
Standard Italian is pretty regular. I think it's safe to assume that the plural of "il pepe" is "i pepi".
The ground spice is treated as a mass noun, so there really is no plural, just "pepper". But you can talk about the peppercorns it comes from.
The same sentences keep repeating my answer is correct but i am told to mind the accents. The accents are not available on a standard english mobile keyboard.
Can someone please help me with masculine vs feminine nouns? I got if it ends in an A or E it's feminine. Other than that I'm pretty confused. When was the confused is the different forms of the.
There are some exceptions out there, but for the most part:
Masculine singular nouns end with
Masculine plural nouns end with
Feminine singular nouns end with
Feminine plural nouns end with
The rules for
the are consistent, but they're a little complicated. First the easy part:
Feminine singular before a vowel or h:
Now the complicated part:
Masculine singular before a vowel or h:
Masculine plural before a vowel or h:
Masculine singular before s+consonant, or before z, or ps, or gn, or y:
Masculine plural before s+consonant, or before z, or ps, or gn, or y:
This is correct but it's important to note that there are quite a lot of singular nouns that end with -e and they can be either masculine or feminine. So you can't conclude that a noun is feminine plural if you see -e on the end - always look at the article before it (ie. il/la/i/le/etc)
In Italian classes I was told: -o ending noun = masculine, -a ending noun = feminine (almost always), -e ending noun = either (you have to memorize it), Then for plurals: -o changes to -i to become plural, -a changes to -e, and -e changes to -i (regardless of gender)