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"Io sono l'uomo."

Translation:I am the man.

December 19, 2012





Too -
1. in addition; also; furthermore; moreover: young, clever, and rich too
2. to an excessive extent or degree; beyond what is desirable, fitting, or right: too sick to travel.
3. more, as specified, than should be: too near the fire
4. (used as an affirmative to contradict a negative statement): I am too!
5. extremely; very: She wasn't too pleased with his behavior.
Two -
a cardinal number represented by the digit 2.
To -
1. used to indicate the destination of the subject or object of an action, or its direction (towards): he climbed to the top
2. used to mark the indirect object of a verb in a sentence: telling stories to children
3. used to mark the infinitive of a verb: he wanted to go
4. as far as: until working from Monday to Friday
5. used to indicate equality: 16 ounces to the pound
6. against; upon: onto put your ear to the wall
7. before the hour of: five minutes to four
8. accompanied by: dancing to loud music
9. as compared with, as against: the score was eight to three
10. used to indicate a resulting condition: he tore her dress to shreds; they starved to death.

Usually, I would have assumed it to be an honest typo, and not bother correcting you.
But, this being Duolingo, and you appearing to be in the middle of an English course...


You can tell everybody, i'm the man i'm the man i'm the man!!!!


Oh yes I am, yes I am, yes I am


I am still confused about the difference between "I am A man" and "I am THE man". What's the difference and what would "I am THE man" translate into in Italian?


io sono l'uomo is I am the man. Is referred to some specific man, determined one. (for ex. "I am the man who phoned today"). Referred to a particular action or situation happenede. I am A man is undefinte, u specific you are a man in general.


I get that, but how would you translate: "I am a man" (io) sono uno uomo?


nope, you translate it as "(io) sono un uomo" (for as far as I remember)


No, in italia is io sono UN uomo


Kinda guessing here but wouldn't it just be "(Io) sono uomo" for "I am a man"?


would it be "io sono un uomo"? becasue "un" means a


Yeah but "Io sono uomo" would also be correct. "Sono uomo" sounds the most casual. This also works is Spanish and French, not sure about Portuguese. I might not be 100% correct but I'm pretty sure.


@AnoOtouto: this doesn't work at all for French. You can't say "je suis homme", you have to say "je suis un homme".


Works in portuguese too. Trust me. I am a native speaker.


Yes, but it's different to say "eu sou um homem" e "eu sou homem". I believe the same happens with French and Italian.


Hey buddy are you sure about that:,


il/la/l' = the, un/una = a


Un and una mean "A" il and la mean "THE".


thanks KaylaSport. I was confused. now it is clear to me. thanks again


I don't know if I just missed something or or, but what is the point of "Io" in the beginning? If it just means "I" but Sono means "I am." In the other sentences saying "i am a boy" or "i am a girl", it was just "Sono una ragazza", not "Io sono una ragazza"


There are various exercises, some with the subject pronoun (io sono una ragazza, tu sei una donna...) and others without (sono una ragazza, sei una donna...) The reason you see both types is because we want you to understand that both are acceptable, that's all :) Think of it like this: in English you can use contractions (can't, don't, won't) but they aren't mandatory.


It's just like '' I am a girl. '' and '' I'm a girl.'' it's a shorter form


i'm confused not so much by the literall translation but by the meaning, how would you differentiate i'm a girl and i'm the girl? if i ask you are you a man? how would you answer in italian? does the contraction of le mean the and "a" both?

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Why would you think that "le" means "a"? And what does "le" have to do with this sentence? :P L' here is the elision of "lo".

Determinate articles (the):

  • Masculine singular: il, lo (l')
  • Masculine plural: i, gli
  • Feminine singular: la (l')
  • Feminine plural: le

Indeterminate articles (a):

  • Masculine: un, uno
  • Feminine: una (un')


Thank you for the guide. I am new to italian so right now I know barely anything... Anyway, good luck learning italian to those reading this.


Benvenuto al corso di italiano! :)
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Ok, i got confused, the translation sounded weird. Thank you.


Lo, il and l'

There are a few ways to say the for masculine nouns. Lo is for words that begin with s + consonant (lo squalo), z (lo zucchero); il is for masculine nouns that begin with a consonant (il ragazzo); l' is used when nouns begin with a vowel (l'uomo).


why did it count il wrong? isnt l' and il the same in this instance?


il and l' can be both masculine, but are used for different words, depending on the first letter that follows. If the noun starts with a vowel you use l', both for feminine and masculine nouns. You use lo if the masculine noun starts with certain letters or combination of consonants, like s followed by another consonant, ps, pt, pn, x, z, (and maybe others that I don't remember, but you'll learn to hear what sounds better) You use il for every other masculine noun


Is the conjunction of the l mean "the..." or "a..." or both?


Its confusing man


Why not il uomo instead of l'uomo?


You do not have the correct answer l' in the choice of answers on the screen! So I cannot give the right answer and move on!!


The correct answer - l' - is not given as an option. So I cannot answer correctly and move on!


how can you tell if a noun is fem. or masc.?


The most common noun classes in Italian are the following:

  • Nouns ending in a in the singular and e in the plural.
    e.g., "la ragazza" / "le ragazze": most nouns in this class are feminine.
  • Nouns ending in o in the singular and i in the plural.
    e.g., "il ragazzo" / "i ragazzi": most nouns in this class are masculine.
  • Nouns ending in e in the singular and i in the plural.
    e.g., "il pesce" / "i pesci" but "la tigre" / "le tigri": nouns in this class can be any gender.
  • Nouns ending in a in the singular and i in the plural,
    e.g. "il problema" / "i problemi": most nouns in this class are masculine.


The Bride: How did you find me? Bill: I'm the man.


No selections to choose from


The sound is so bad it is impossible to hear the words


Welcome to Duolingo! :)


Articles have to match gender and number of the noun they refer to.

The singular determinate articles (the) are:

• Lo - masculine, used before Z, S+consonant, GN,
⠀⠀⠀⠀and some rarer consonant clusters.
• Il - masculine, used before consonants except the above.
• La - feminine, used before all consonants.
• L' - an elision of the above used before vowels.

As "uomo" starts with a vowel,
the appropriate definite article (the) is L' .

The indeterminate articles (a\an) are:

• Uno - masculine, used before Z, S+consonant, GN,
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀and some rarer consonant clusters.
• Un - masculine, used in all other cases.
• Una - feminine, used before all consonants.
• Un' - feminine, used before vowels.

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I'm writing it correctly with correct punctuation and all. Duolingo keeps marking it wrong. Very frustrating.


I am the man

this cannot be the only man on the world

it needs to be I am A man


You are missing the meaning of the sentence.
I am The man = I am the (main) man.
It is a boast (bragging),
saying you are the exemplification of what a man is /
that you are the most manly around / or similar.

Think of someone that has just accomplished a difficult physical task,
requiring significant strength or some other stereotypical masculine trait.
The person, very proud of accomplishing the deed, or winning the competition, might then say: "I am the man!".

Or, with the context of a question, it could also be:
Q - "Who is the man in charge of xyz?"
A - "I am the man."


Why is I at I'uomo like that? it looks weird and it looks like one word


In Italian the articles "il" and "la" get shortened when a word begins with a vowel. Instead of saying "il uomo" you say "l'uomo", or "la acqua" to "l'acqua".


In languages that use le and la for the, l' is put in front of a word that begins wit vowel. Vowels can be a, o, e, i, u and sometimes h or y. L' is a substitute for le or la.


It's a contraction, standard of the Italian language in this case.


People who speak a latin language as mother tongue would not have made any mistake as the logic step for them would have been writing the article "the" to translate the phrase in question (I am Spaniard). However, English speakers like you guys use less often articles and rules are not exactly the same.


They do not teach what "the, am, i," etc are. They just expect you to figure out out.


L ' is IL but here it's incorrect! Here we use IO SONO UN UOMO or IO SONO UOMO


so does sono mean are or am becuase ive done are for sono too im confused


"Sono" can mean "I am" or "they are." the conjugations are the same. Context or adding the pronoun can help distinguish whether it is "I am" or "they are." e.g. sono uomo - I am a man ("uomo" is singular, so "sono" means "I am") sono uomini - They are men ("uomini" is plural, so "sono" means "they are")


So "io sono l'uomo" is like "i am a man" or it is like "i am THE man"??


I wrote it like this lo sono l'uomo and it says it's wrong


I keep typing it right keeps telling me im wrong So i cant advance lo sono l'uomo.


The programme will not accept my correct answer many times repeated abd checked


I dont understand why its a mistake if I forgot to punctuate it with a fullstop.


Its kinda hard on this app cuz it teaches you how to read italian but not rlly be able to hear it and learn the accent. Imma just learn that stuff on Youtube then.


I'm typing down lo sono l'uomo and it keeps telling me that I'm wrong and tells me the same thing i just wrote down as the right answer. Confused......


I did wrong please give me another chance


no prompts. I cannot complete exercise


The sound is so bad it is impossible to hear a word


Have put the correct words in several times and it keeps telling me I am wrong. Won't let me progress further.


I preffer Spanish

IDK how they talk that fast


BRO......cant find the comment i just posted


There should be more speaking questions


My speaker dont work in Duo, just update


Im spelling it right but it keeps telling me its wrong


There wasn't a the


There was no lo


It is correct


I would like to be able to re-do the saying several times, instead of getting it partially right and having to move on before I feel confident in my pronounciation.


If u know spanish this is easy peasy!


I thought it was A man not The man


The test just gave me the io option and not the Io so even i answered correctly is showing wrong because of the lower case i. This is in the basic level 2


Why use the female voice here?


I typed it right still counted me wrong


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I am confused about the question I am the man


Lo was not an option


lo (LO) shouldn't be there. Io (io) is the correct spelling of the word "i".
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"the" should not be used here. false.


L' = the (in front of a noun that begins with a vowel).
"I'm the man" is actually more common in English than "Io sono l'uomo" is in Italian.

The Man is frequently used here in the US. When someone says "I'm the man", they are boasting. But you can praise someone else and say "you're the man", when they succeed or do something helpful.


Must be what Becky Lynch will say when she goes to Italy.


I can't hear rightly were checking

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