"Please drink the water."
Translation:Per favore bevi l'acqua.
beve would be he/she. This phrase basically says, please you drink the water. If you were speaking to multiple people you would say per favore bevete l'acqua (which it accepts as a correct answer). per favore beve l'acqua would translate as please he/she drinks the water which makes very little sense.
I've always understood that 'prego' is more a term of service than a polite question like 'please.' The reason you hear it everywhere in the native language is because it means anything from 'can I help you?' to 'you're welcome.' Where did you learn that it means please? I'd like to know if I'm missing something.
Because "beve" is third person (singular) and you need second person, which would be either "bevi" (singular) or "bevete" (plural).
Edit: Although now that I think about it, if you were using the polite singular, "Lei", then that would be correct. But I don't think Duo is actively teaching that form.
I'm confused as to why "Per favore bevi l' acqua" is the only right answer. My question was, "Please drink the water" first answer was, "Per favore bevono l'acqua" Which is asking THEY to drink water. The third answer was, "Per favore bevi l' acqua" which is asking YOU(s) drink the water. The question doesn't specify who the pronoun is nor does it specify if it is referring to one or many people. Could someone please clarify this for me? I don't want to continue confused.
When you're addressing someone, you're using the 2nd person, which can be either "you, singular" or "you, plural". Bevi is the "you, singular" conjugation. Bevete is the "you, plural" conjugation. Either would be correct without more context, because English is ambiguous with regard to "you" being singular or plural.
It seems to be an error in how the hint system is put together, and we really ought to report this one.
In English, "drink" can be either a noun or a verb, but in Italian the noun and the verb have different forms. It seems that they're conflating the two, which is wrong. "Bevanda" is the noun. This is the conjugation chart for the verb, "bere": http://www.italian-verbs.com/italian-verbs/conjugation.php?verbo=bere
One thing to learn quickly is that it is extremely difficult to program the drop down things to know the context of the sentence. It can't tell which 'drink' it is, so it gives a number of options. So don't rely on it absolutely. Perhaps use a dictionary if you are confused and want clarification.
Until several hundred years ago, English had the word "prithee", as in "I prithee good sir to come hither." It was short for "pray thee" and meant the same thing as the modern "I'm asking you."
The Italian "pregare" ( http://www.verbix.com/webverbix/Italian/pregare.html ) means "to pray" and is used colloquially the same way. "Ti prego" is "I ask you (singular)", "vi prego" is "I ask you (plural)" and simply "prego" is "please"/"you're welcome".