I still don't get why the preferred Italian translation isn't "Il limone e' sul piatto."
But it shouldn't be wrong, since "nel" does mean "in the" in Italian. Whether the English sounds good or not, if it's correct in Italian, it should be correct.
EDIT July 15 2014: I've changed my mind.
But it asks for the English translation. (Do italics work on DL?) Not a literal representation in English of each Italian word. The way I see it, when you translate something, you try to transfer an idea from one language to another and leave the original intent as intact as possible. I doubt that anyone speaking/writing this sentence would mean that the lemon was inside the plate.
Yeah I suppose you're right. That comment of mine was posted a long while ago... Duolingo really needs to bring back the dates for comments. I have no idea why they removed them.
"Nel" also means "on the", depending on context. "In the plate" doesn't really make any sense in this context.
In one sense of the word, could "piatto" also mean "dish", in the sense of the "prepared food" itself, rather than what it's served in/on. ie the dish (food) contains lemon as an ingredient?
The lemon is in the plate? What, do plates have lemons on the inside or something?
"The lemon is in the dish" is marked as a wrong translation but I think that it is correct.
when is nel and nello used. Nello was used before zuccero and nel before piatto. Why ?
nello zucchero because it translates to in the sugar. Remember lo is used as the for zucchero.
nello = nel +lo
nel = nel
From what I have read here from some users, "lo" (the) is used for words that start with s- or z-, eg. lo zucchero. Thus, nello (in the) is used for words that start with s- or z- as well eg. nello zucchero.
Thats correct. For most masculine words ' il' is the article (the) BUT there is an exception in Italian for masculine words that begin with z-, sp-, st- , sl-, etc. (ie s- blends), ps-, y- or gn-. For those words lo is used instead of il.
My question was regarding nel vs nello, but I found my answer, but now my question is what does everyone mean when they say " I lost a heart" ? I see this alot, but don't get it! Where are these hearts....I don't see them and I have misspelled a lot of words typing too fast.