"Voi bevete acqua."

Translation:You all drink water.

December 26, 2012



I have had to take the opportunity to review the conjugations when they first appear.

December 29, 2012


Yes they should teach conjugation first

December 26, 2013


What's difference between VOI and TU?

February 5, 2014


Voi is "you all" Tu is "you"

March 20, 2014


Heh, that's what happens when native English speakers try to learn conjugations in pretty much any other language :) The more cases the merrier...

January 3, 2013


What's the difference between "Voi bevete acqua" and "Voi bevete l'acqua"?

January 19, 2013


"Voi bevete acqua" means You (plural) drink water, but "Voi bevete l'acqua" means "You (plural) drink THE water. :)

February 1, 2013


and with "the water" you can mean like "that" water, or anyway a particular one; "voi bevete acqua" means that you drink water in general.

February 16, 2013


l'acqua = the water; acqua = water

March 4, 2013


that's a very literal traduction i don't see the problem

August 10, 2013


Articles are important and necessary.

August 10, 2013


"You all drink water" and "You all drink the water"

March 20, 2014


You all drink water ..... You all drink the water :/

March 3, 2014


so voi isn't formal for you like it is in french? It means plural of you?

January 14, 2013


yes, it can be seen also that way. voi stands both for plural (the "normal" way), and both for the singular, but it is more common to call someone with the "voi" in the southern part of the Italy, in the northern part usually you would call him/her "Lei" to be formal. Of course, Lei works both for "you man" and "you woman". Lei is used both in the southern and the northern part of Italy.

February 16, 2013


isnt lui for men only and lei for women only?

September 25, 2013


Lei (lei) is also she, just to be confusing, while Lei (Lei) is a formal pronoun for "you". It's probably related to German's sie (she) and Sie (you).

December 4, 2013


In "bevete" which syllable do you stress? The recording stresses the first, but the 2nd to the last syllable usually stressed?

June 4, 2013


Yep, good question :P This recording is barely acceptable in italian... you should say "voi bevéte acqua", so the stress is on the be-vé-te, the 2nd syllable :) This recording is similar to what happens when italians talk faster, and in these cases you can have problems getting where the stress is. However, and yes you're right again, usually in italian the stress is on the second to last syllable, but there are so many exceptions about it that you absolutely need to talk to someone to learn them :)

June 4, 2013


What is the difference between "bevete" and "bevono"?

August 1, 2013


bevete == you (plural) drink bevono == they drink

September 22, 2013


I would like a simple educated analysis of what the difference between you (plural) and they is.

September 22, 2013


This is just a grammatical attempt, take it in that way. Voi is used when you are talking to a group of people. They is used when you are talking about a a group of people that isn't part of the current communication process. E.g.: you are talking to me about the ancient Roman people. In that case you could say to me:"They were an interesting society".

November 2, 2013


I was taught to use the article: voi bevete l'acqua. So what is correct?

December 29, 2013


Is there truly no difference between 'voi' (one) and 'voi' (you, plural)? If you were trying to say 'one drinks water' rather than 'y'all drink water', would you still say 'Voi bevete acqua'? I ask because in all the languages I know, there is a degree of difference between indefinite pronouns and plural personal pronouns, even if they can be used interchangeably to an extent.

February 19, 2014


Hi Charlie Barker,

If I got you right, then you're mixing things.

When you say You drink water in English, you might refer to a single person (2nd singular person)
or a group of people (2n plural person). The verb, to drink, conjugated, doesn't change.
In Italian, the verb carries information about the number of persons (changes morphologically, the end part). That's why if you omit the subject pronoun of the sentence the meaning stays the same and the listener can rebuild the sentence in his mind and understand the sentence correctly.
In our case the verb is "bere" (irregular, so in this case also the stem changes, unfortunately) when it is conjugated for the second plural person becomes bevete (tempo presente indicativo, present tense), when it is conjugated for the second singular person becomes bevi, so
- [Voi] bevete l'acqua -- second plural person (but it might also mean imperative)
- [Tu] bevi l'acqua --- second singual person (but it might also mean imperative)

To answer your questions:

  • Is there truly no difference between 'voi' (one) and 'voi' (you, plural)
    No, there is a difference. If you mean the pronoun, then "tu" is the second person plural (or lei, lui for third person). If you mean the verb, then it changes morphologically as I said before.

  • If you were trying to say 'one drinks water' rather than 'y'all drink water', would you still say 'Voi bevete acqua'?
    No, Italians wouldn't. In that case it is used an undefined pronoun, such as "qualcuno", "ognuno", "tutti"and so on.

  • I ask because in all the languages I know, there is a degree of difference[...]
    Yes, you're right. There is also in Italian what you said.

To complicate things even further, there is also the case of the formal "you" (Lei) that Italian uses and the verb is conjugated accordingly. In some cases a sentence might be ambiguous due to the formal "you" and only the context might give the correct message.

I hope it helps.

P.S: For Duolingo guys:
Is it possible to have a preview of the message befiore publishing it?
Reason: I don't remember all the tags I could use and this message editor is not WYSIWYG. So I always find myself saving and modifying the comment many times before getting the final layout....

February 19, 2014


So, If I've correctly understood your meaning, there is no direct translation for 'one' as in the sentence "one must be careful when using the word 'one' for fear of sounding pompous" or as in the pronoun 'on' in French. Would the second person plural be usually used here or would Italians use other pronouns such as 'everybody' and 'anyone'?

February 20, 2014


So voi bevete acqua and bevete acqua are the same?

February 26, 2014


It would seem so, yes. From what I've learned so far, omitting direct pronouns is fine because of congujations providing context . Just like many other romance languages.

May 2, 2014


i dont get the voi and tu thing :|

im egyptian and well theres no written rule about this but sometimes when ppl try to be formal or show respect they talk to one person like plural (am i making sense?) its not THAT common though, thats also in french .....

is that the case here ?

(theres also a word in arabic (it doesnt exist in english) that kinda means respect like your majesty or something but kind of less, like majesty is for kings and queens and stuff the other word is for your parents or teachers or older ppl generally )

or is it like english ? where you means only you or you as in a bunch of ppl ?

(sorry its long)

March 25, 2014


I understand "voi" is when you reference more than one persons (plural) and "tu" is when you reference one person (an individual)

May 28, 2014


I agree that's a very literal traduction, what's the problem?

May 10, 2014


Can someone please explain the difference between bevono and bevete to me?

July 3, 2014


'bevono" - they drink. "bevete" - you (plural) drink

July 8, 2014
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