"My family is not that big."

Translation:La mia famiglia non è tanto grande.

August 1, 2013



I really don't understand. Why can we say mia madre, mio fratello etc. but we can't say just mia familia without article.I know that we don't use atricle when we talk about members of family.

August 1, 2013


I don't know... maybe "familia" is treated as plural because it has many members, and for plural family members articles are used?

It is not a good explanation... I am just trying to comfort myself a little.

Another attempt: "famiglia" is not a person. It is an abstract concept. So the rule "Don't use articles for family members in singular" does not apply?

October 28, 2013


I think it's the latter. Family is not a member of your family, it is not a person.

November 2, 2013


Same question here!

October 9, 2013


Same here... does anyone know? Is there a hard "rule" to it, or are there just random exceptions?

October 28, 2013


i think i understand the concept of articles, but what does the word tanto mean?

November 6, 2013


non e tanto grande .. not that big .. it could be used differently according to the context of what you're trying to say. ex.. di tanto in tanto mi piace ect.. from time to time i like ... or you could say mi piace cosi tanto! i like it so much !

March 20, 2014


You don't need to put "la" or "il" in front of family members. Mio fratello, mia sorella, mia madre, etc. But anything else needs the article.

November 17, 2013


You also need to put it in "my children" - "i miei figli" and not "miei figli". So maybe it has something to do with singular and plural forms?

January 15, 2014


if you're speaking really proper i guess yes you would tell someone i miei figli .. but when we speak many ppl will just say miei figli my kids. either way italians will understand you .

March 20, 2014
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