"I cook the rice."
Translation:Cucino il riso.
For me it was under "Politics", and I was wondering exactly the same thing! I shudder to think how it could be an idiom in both romance and politics, or indeed what such an idiom could mean. "Hey baby, I 'cook the rice', know what I mean?" "Vote for me, and I'll COOK that rice! Just look at my manifesto, that rice will be COOKED! Oh wait, that would be passato prossimo..." I'm thinking that this is a duo glitch rather then something meaningful.
No, sorry, that's not correct and also carries no meaning. "Ho" is a form of the verb "avere" ("to have"), which is not needed here; maybe you're mixing it up with the pronoun "io". "Cuocere" is the infinitive form of the main verb, while in this sentence it must be conjugated to the simple present "cuocio" (assuming the form "io cuocio il riso" is an accepted answer at all, beside the main answer "io cucino il riso").
Why do some verbs remove the person (I, we, you) and others don't, or does it not matter? For example, this one is just "cucino" instead of "io cucino", but one can also say "lei cucina". This happens also with eating, one can say "io mangia" or just "mangia". Is this dependent on anything, or can it just be mixed up?
Generally you don't use pronouns subject (io, tu, lui, lei, noi, voi, loro) with verbs in Italian. If you find them in a sentence than they are there to avoid ambiguity or to put stress on them.
Cucino='I cook' but io cucino=' it is I who cooks (and not someone else)'.
Mangio='I eat' but io mangio='it is I who is eating (and not someone else)'.
Mangia is somewhat ambiguous as it may mean 'he eats' or 'she eats' or 'eat!' so the pronoun subject helps clarify it. If it is clear who is eating, then no pronoun is used. Ex. Cosa mangia Maria? Mangia pizza='What does Maria eat? She eats pizza'