"Sono già le nove."

Translation:It is already nine.

August 21, 2013



How could "sono" be "it is"?

August 21, 2013


It helps if you think about how you ask the time: "Che ore sono?" In English, it means what time is it, but italians say "how many hours are there?" So if it's 9, they say "sono le nove", meaning "there are nine". Sounds weird in english, but that's language learning for you :)

March 22, 2014


Thanks thats really helpful

February 8, 2015


Thank goodness for these comments

October 15, 2017


I was taught to say "che ora è?". Which is more common?

October 4, 2018


This literally means "What hour is it?" If it is one o'clock -> "è l'una"; after one o'clock, it is three o'clock in the morning -> "sono le tre", it is three in the afternoon (several ways to say this) -> "sono le quindici" or "sono le tre del pomeriggio"

November 19, 2018



January 15, 2017


Because it means "nine hours" in the plural.

August 21, 2013


Why not "I am already nine"

January 7, 2014


In Italian they use "Avere" (to have) for age as opposed to "Essere" (to be). I say "Ho 21 anni" instead of "Sono 21 anni".

January 12, 2014


so does that mean that one would say "e gia la uno" for one o'clock?

August 28, 2013


I copied this from another comment section and can't remember the user's name... It is a GREAT description that has helped me!

In Italian time is expressed with plurals (sono le nove, sono le otto, sono le undici), just look at the number, it is always in plural, and is always feminine.

•sono le otto - it's eight o'clock.

•sono le dieci - it's ten o'clock.

the only exception is one, which is expressed in singular:

•è l'una. - it's one o'clock

questions to use are as follows:

•che ora è?

•che ore sono?

you see, that singular "ora" gets singular "è" while plural "ore" gets plural "sono". very logical if you ask me.

to express midnight/noon we use singular as well:

•è mezzogiorno - it's noon

•è mezzanotte - it's midnight

February 1, 2014


REALLY helpful, Overlordspam. Grazie molto!

June 14, 2014


È l'una.

August 28, 2013


Why not this translation?

There are already nine of them?

March 29, 2014


I think that would be, "Ce ne sono nove già ". I probably have "già" in the wrong place, and maybe some of the other words too.

March 26, 2016


If this refers to time, why is it "le" instead of "la" (since "ora" would take "la")?

April 23, 2014


Because nine is plural.

April 23, 2014


Please see Overlordspam's excellent explanation above.

June 18, 2014


I did get this correct for answering: "They are already nine"...which I thought was a strange sentence although I thought perhaps it was referencing twins...so "It is already nine" immediately made more sense. Learning the hard way here. :-)

August 3, 2016


Without a time question could this be -I am already nine? (eg a child stating his age)

January 25, 2019


I said "It is already nine a.m." but was marked wrong. Is that an accurate way to translate it, since on a 24-hour clock nove would only mean in the morning?

July 21, 2019


The alternative correct answer "they are already nine o'clock" is not correct English unless 'nine o'clock' is a euphemism for, say, being drunk.

October 20, 2016


in english you say it is nine 'o clock

October 14, 2018
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