https://www.duolingo.com/Bradleysh

la pane l'acqua

Why is l'pane wrong but l'acqua is correct? is this a site error as on the site i have to use la pane, could someone explain this to me please thanks :)

February 21, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sneghithan_CL

the article in italy for pane is "il"------ il pane

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/het_aapje

l' only comes before a vowel... so that's why l'acqua is correct and l'pane is not :)

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulineBaggio

because pane starts with a consonant - a e i o u are vowels and you cannot have " a apple " in English - we would say an apple for ease of pronunciation. Same in Italian hence il pane and l'aqua. Hope this helps

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bradleysh

thanks for the response :)

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bradleysh

Sometimes Y can be considered a vowel does this apply in the italian language or is it strictly AEIOU

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Germany_Jack

i don't think there are any words in Italian that start with Y. If there are, I've never seen them

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bradleysh

Thank you, just checked google and Y is not an italian letter

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MartySel1

in the italian alphabet x,y,k,j aren't considered "real letter" the only words that you'll find with them in it are english words that are used in italian, also there aren't any words that start with "h"

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete

What about hotel, and ha and hai and hanno?

Admittedly, most words starting with H are foreign but some are genuine Italian words.

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Sneghithan_CL

Hi all,

here are the (alfabeto italiano) italien alphabet :

A; B;C; D; E; F; G; H; I; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; Z and

(il lettere straniere) the foreign letters :

J; K; W; X; Y

@ psionpete you are right with your comment, but I thing the italien word for hotel is albergo...... but it is truth that the italians have adopted many words from the english language like" "hobby", "Email", " etc. ..... sometimes it sounds funny but i like the way how they pronounce it :)

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ilmolleggi

Y only exists as a sign but is always treated as an I.

So words in yo- are treated like words in io-

e.g. lo iodio = iodium - similarly lo yogurt = yogurt, lo yeti = the yeti.

and words in y-, provided they exist (I couldn't think up any one y-word), would be treated like ones in i-

if you could add an article to Yggdrasil (the tree of life in northern mythology) it would be l'Yggdrasil, gli Yggdrasil

February 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bradleysh

Grazie

February 22, 2015
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