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"Ho un amico il cui padre è capitano di una grande nave."

Translation:I have a friend whose father is captain of a big ship.

September 21, 2013



The acronym BANGS might work here for whether or not you put the adjective before the noun. You put it before the noun if it refers to Beauty, Age, Number, Good/Bad, Size. "Grande" = Size. I've found that this generally works, although there are probably exceptions.


In French which definitely uses the BANGS thing, there are some that go before or after, and have slightly different meanings depending on which way it is. He is a big man or he is a great man for example. And no, at this precise moment I can't remember which way round it is.


In Spanish, "un gran hombre" = "a great man" and "un hombre grande" = "a big man." It's similar with the French "un grand homme" and "un homme grand."

For some other adjectives in which position determines meaning, see https://www.thoughtco.com/fickle-french-adjectives-1368793 .


"di chi" and "cui" both seem to be used for "whose," are they interchangeable?


I want to know this too!


In a sentence like this "whose" acts as a relative pronoun linking the principal clause to the subordinate clause and I think that in Italian this is done with pronoun + cui.

When just using "whose" as an interrogative determiner before a noun (as in "whose umbrella is this?") then I think that the Italian is di chi.


Why wouldn't it be una nave grande? Don't adjectives normally go after the noun?


Why is "il" used before "cui"? I am struggling with cui! :-/


alexlandra...together they translate as 'whose' when functioning as a relative pronoun.


Thank you...I am going to have to remember this....and practice, practice, practice.


Would the article change if referring to the friend's mother? i.e. '.. un amico la cui madre..'?


You can really say "He is captain of a ship"... you do not need to say "a captain".


Looks like they now accept that.


No, they don't


It accepted "I have a friend whose father is the captain of a big ship" too.


Usually if "the" is used instead of "a/an" or vice versa you're going to be marked wrong. It's especially frustrating when writing down what's being said, since the person speaking or maybe it's just the quality of the recording make it very hard to distinguish between the two. Maddening, more than frustrating.


I used vessel instead of ship and was marked wrong...why?


anaeastman: I think it's probably because 'vessel' is too broad in that it can include any object that holds/contains something and is not restricted to water craft: it could e.g. refer to an airship as well. "Ship" or "boat" are simply more specific and I'd say much more common.


I said boat and they marked me wrong


ShaneNik: "boat" is more "barca" while "nave" is pretty clearly a "ship", usually a large ship. Especially if the context indicates the father is a captain, then 'ship' is more appropriate.


I've never lived near the ocean, why is the boat-ship difference important? Is "ship" usually larger than "boat"?


CameronNed: Yes, generally speaking a ship is larger than a boat. We speak, e.g. about a "rowboat" not a "rowship" and a "battleship" not a "battleboat". Or a "speedboat" not a "speedship". Finally, there are 'steamboats" found on rivers such as the Mississippi and 'steamships' found on the high seas..


I am puzzled. What is it with CUI? Now every second sentence has it and it seems to acquire a new meaning each time!


Why is "a large ship" incorrect?


the words "whose" and "captain" were not part of the answer


there are missing words in the answer


there are not enough words in the answer


the correct words are not in the answer


there are not the necessary words in the answer


the word "big" does not appear in the answer


when is it una grande nave and when una nave grande?


It is not incorrect to say THE captain, in context, because what the hell kind of ship has two captains. I know that the hyper-literal translation doesn't say "the captain of", but think how many times Italian does include THE where it ISN'T required in translation.


in English it must be THE captain. There is only one on the ship

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