"Io mangio il manzo, lui mangia il maiale."

Translation:I eat beef, he eats pork.

December 23, 2012

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DL is very inconsistent about whether their translations inclide articles like 'the'.


Agree. It is even more unnerving for me, being native polish speaker, but learning italian from english, since there is no italian course for polish speaker. We in polish don't have the "the, a, an, la le, il" stuff, so sometimes it makes no sense, when I have to translate "il pollo" but don't have THE button, and sometimes I am being rated WRONG for not using the "the" word. I suspect i could get by by not using them except when they are really necessary.


Exactly, is there any rule anyway?


Agree, this is incorrect. Students would stop using DL if this happened all the time.


I agree completely!


There's only a "pig" dictionary hint for "maiale", there should be a "pork" one.


Ciao Tiago: Remember, they are only hints. You should not rely on them.


The correct word should be in the definition provided, regardless of how a person uses it


They are only hints. The ideal is to be able to reason the correct answer. Sometimes it bothers me but only until I realize it is part of the learning process. I feel good when I get it right on my own.


So it means it is possible to say just "maiale" instead of "carne di maiale" when you talk about pork, right?


I too am now confused about the translation. One sentence earlier that we were given to translate was:

"la carne di maiale" = the pork

and here

"il maiale" = the pork

Is there a rule to distinguish when to use one or the other form?


It can be a bit hard to explain, but I'll try. When speaking about eating, you can say "maiale", since noone will actually imagine you eating a live pig. Altough "io mangio la carne di maiale" wouldn't be wrong, it says the same thing as "io mangio il maiale". "carne di maiale" may be useful when speaking about the pig's meat itself, outside of an "eating context". Like, on casual conversation, "pig's meat has a lot of blood". If you just say "maiale", you're saying pigs have a lot of blood (which is true, but not the point). If you say "carne di maiale", it's clear as day that you're speaking about the pig's meat.


Indeed. That makes sense and will be easy to remember. Thanks.


That does make it clear indeed and I thank you.


isn't "Io mangio manzo, lui mangia maiale. " enough? do i realy need to use 'il'?


Although I'm sure you've figured this out already, here's a guide for determining if you should include or omit the article: https://www.rocketlanguages.com/italian/grammar/italian-articles/


I wrote "I eat the beef, he eats the pork" which was not accepted. Why? I assumed that this was a choice - I chose to eat the beef and he chose to eat the pork


For some reason Duolingo is really inconsistent about articles in English. Using "the" as a literal translation should be correct, as the article is used in the Italian sentence as well


More often than not the English translation omits the article.


DL is frequently inconsistent on whether articles are/aren't required. Their software should accept either in the absence of a definitive rule


I don't know about anyone else, but when trying to say maiale quickly, I really butcher it. (No pun intended.)


Il applies to the beef and pork. I think i was right and marked wrong


Whytranslation is whithout definit artcles, in origin are used definit articles?


I thought " io mangio il manzo....." means " I eat the beef...."


So far these lessons have not made it clear when you must use articles such as "the" and when you can skip them. In this exercise, an article was used but the "correct" answer does not use it. The exercises seem very inconsistent.


i am an indian muslim and i condemn this sentence


sometimes you want us to transalete the article "IL" and this time not . There is no consistancy ! The transalation makes better sense BUT you have trained me to include the article which is not what americans do


The appalling diction is driving me nuts

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