"They are fish."
Isnt that because "loro" is the subject, and you would miss the verb? The subject is disposable, but the verb isnt. My guess is that: "Loro pesce" would me "they fishes" and not "they ARE fishes".
my thoughts exactly. Essere is the verb, the subject is plural, hence "Sono pesci" or "Loro sono pesci"
Keep in mind that essi is better for animals, but since it isn't one of the more common pronouns, you won't have to learn it here...and you won't be tested on it ;)
Just wondering though, why not keeping the answer "green" instead of red. Thanks :)
it is not properly wrong, but it is not used. In italian you don't have to put the subjects always. Ex: we are here = (noi) Siamo qui.
I wouldn't say the subject "becomes part of the verb". Rather, the conjugation of the verb reflects the subject pronoun.
"Sono" can be either "I am" or "they are." Context clues will tell you which option is more likely.
it is called l'articolo partitivo (del, dello, della, dei, degli, delle). it is used when we don't know the amount. could be translated as 'some': 'prendi delle mele' - take some apples. 'compra del pane'; 'ho dei libri interessanti'
fish è sia singolare che plurale; esiste anche fishes che indica diverse specie di pesci
"Loro" means "they", while "sono" means "are." In italian sometimes "sono" can also mean "they are." You would have been saying "they fish" as opposed to, "they are fish."
Yo escribí loro sono pesce y me corrigio con loro sono pesci a pesar de que dice fish y no fishes
But i thought "sono" is also used as "i am"? When do we know the difference (besides context)?
Context is the only way to know.
Because "to be" means you're equating the subject with the predicate, "io sono" will always be followed by something singular and "loro sono" will always be followed by something plural.
More so lately. It used to be quite rare that I would find something in the wrong section and now it's at least once a week.
io sono = I am
tu sei = you are (s)
lui/lei è = he/she is
noi siamo = we are
voi siete = you are (pl)
loro sono = they are
"To be" is irregular in many languages. But it is a stative verb, which links the subject and the predicate together. So you can tell that "Sono pesci" means "They are fish" because "pesci" is plural. "Sono un pesce" means "I am a fish" because "un pesce" is singular.