"Il cane è il tuo."

Translation:The dog is yours.

December 24, 2012

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Shouln't it be "è tuo"?


Not sure, but I'd say the difference is if you say "è il tuo", you're picking the dog out of a group of dogs. If you say "è tuo", you're just acknowledging ownership. But I'm just supposing, that's the way it works in Portuguese.


I think in Italian the only time you don't use an article with ownership is when you're talking about family. Mio fratello etc.


You're right, I went and looked up my old Italian grammar notes: "L'aggettivo possessivo è sempre preceduto dall'articolo. Però, quando il possessivo precede un nome di parentela al singolare (padre, madre, figlio, ecc.) perde l'articolo, eccetto per la forma della terza persona plurale "loro". Il possessivo conserva l'articolo quando il nome di parentela è alterato o è accompagnato da un altro aggettivo (il mio fratellino, il tuo babbo, la nostra cuginetta, la mia sorella sposata, ecc.).

But then there are some exceptions that are not explained: - Carlo, è tuo questo libro? Sì, è mio, grazie. - Laura, sono nostri questi cappotti? No, non sono nostri, ma suoi. - Signore, sono Sue queste chiavi? No, non sono mie, ma vostre.

Can anyone explain to me the absence of the article in these examples?


The def article may optionally be dropped after 'is' or 'are' (e or sono; essere) when the possessive adjective is alone - non? see below:

In Italian an article is almost always mandatory before a possessive. THE EXCEPTIONS ARE:

It's not used before close family members, in the singular and not modified, e.g. "mio padre" (my father), unless the possessive is "loro" (in which case the article is needed).

IT'S OPTIONAL (!!! = confusion!!!) WHEN THE POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVE IS ALONE FOLLOWING A FORM OF "ESSERE" (e, sono), e.g. "è mio" (it's mine).

IT'S NOT USED IN A SMALL NUMBER OF SET PHRASES, e.g. "casa mia" (my home).

You will find the forgoing notes just below the possessive-lesson-icons (icons you click on to start any of the 5 or 6 lessons on possessives), plus additional explanation about possessives, in gray script. Sorry to be so un-concise, but at least I'm ON TOPIC, y'all! :)


A native Italian speaker just confirmed both "Il cane e il tuo" is just as correct as saying "Il cane e tuo" OPTIONAL!


I have an idea about this, but I'm not sure I'm right so if someone knows better please correct me,

I think that the definite article (l', il, la, etc) is replaced by "this/these" (questo, questi, etc), therefore you don't need to use the definite article.

To put it differently, if you state that "THOSE keys are mine" - like "pointing" at a certain object - you can say "queste chiavi sono mie", but when you say "I have my keys" you say "Ho le mie chiavi."


Thank you all for such detailed explanations & theories...this really helps the rest of us!!


How is it that a novice who just started in Italian like myself was able to mentally decipher and nearly understand all this text? Must be my Portuguese and French lessons in Duolingo.


In Italian, you do not use the definite article with close family and can omit it also if the posseive stands alone after is/are. I should’ve been able to say Il cane è tuo. . . . è il tuo is also correct


On the lesson/tutorial bit it says the translation for the dog is yours is il cane e tuo.


I often get the sound of carne and cane confused - is there a trick to hearing the difference better?


If you listen carefully you will hear a slight roll of the tongue from carne (due to the "r") similar to what can be heard from the translation of the number three "tre"


I think I hear the difference in how the "a" is pronounced... in cane it is a harder "a" sound where in carne the sound of the a&r are blurred phonetically: car-neigh (automobile + horse sound) kah-neigh (greek alphabet + horse sound)


"It is your dog" and "The dog is yours" are identical statements!!!!!


Breathe... your both right and wrong. It means the same thing in English, yes- but the words used are not. We are learning Words and sentence structure. So they are the same in meaning, but not the same wording. Don't worry, you got this :-)


"breathe" always good advice


Just sharing:

  • Il cane è il tuo. (The dog is yours)

  • I cani sono i tuoi. (The dogs are yours)

  • L'anatra è la tua. (The duck is yours)

  • Le anatre sono le tue. (The ducks are yours)


Can someone please tell me the meanings of tuoi, tue, tua and tuo? I'm so confused


It is your dog : why not accepted ??


That would be "È il tuo cane", I think.


Why no to "The dog's yours"?


I got it marked wrong too. It's not wrong. Maybe just not included in the template.


It's a lesson on possessives, so maybe they're trying to keep it simple and clear. And "the dog's" is a phrase that can mean either "the dog is" or indicate "the thing that follows this phrase ("the dog's") is a thing that belongs to the dog.-" - i.e., "the dog's dish" or "the dog's bed" as opposed to "the dog is yours." EEEk! ESP is best.


why is the article found in this sentence but it wasn't present in a previous sentence: "la birra è tua"....they are the same grammatically, I am so confused


If there is no noun after the possessive, the article is usually optional. So you can use it or not :)


Italian Grammar handbook " An article is mandatory before a possessive except- Singular close family member, when the possessive is preceded by a predicate "e" e mio= it is mine


here 'tuo' is a possessive pronoun. In the last lesson we were taught that an article is not mandatory before a possessive pronoun but should always be present before a possessive adjective. Then, why, in this sentence, does 'il' appear before 'tuo' ?


I am a bit confused. "Il cane è il tuo" and the previous sentence was "Il caffè è tuo." Why is the article sometimes used before the adjective and other times it is omitted? Emilisa mentioned it is optional. Is that the reason why the sentences are not consistant?


I got a real bone to pick with this one!!! listen to it at full speed and it's completely different than when it is slowed down.


I thought it should be tue to match the e in cane. I'm struggling here!


Why do they say I am wrong when I have the same thing as them? It's confusing.


there is way toooooo much background noise


One time it is 'il tuo' for the subject then another time its just 'tuo' l. Each time its pure gamble because in this lesson at least it allows only one as a correct answer.

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