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"È una mela."

Translation:It is an apple.

December 27, 2012



The translation says "is" the answer says "it's"


The subject is not necessary whet it can be figured out of the context.


The translation saysyy


What does the direction of the accent marker mean on the È (as opposed to É)?


The accents on the "e" identifies it as the third person singular of the verb "essere" (to be. Conj: sono, sei, è, siamo, siete, sono). It is there to distinguish it from the conjunction "e" (and). The direction of the accent is really not that important, though you should use the grave accent ("è") as on all other vowels. The acute accent ("é") also exists in some words where it marks a closer sound for the "e" (eg "perché")


Thank you great comprehensible explanation.


how do you know the difference between you are and he/she is?


You are is tu sei, and he/she is is lui/lei è


Unfortunately only from the context.


If È is he/she/it and una is the female version of a or one then shouldn't that mean she is an apple?


Italian does not have an indefinite gender (English "it") therefore all words are either masculine or feminine. "Una mela" (note the -a ending) is feminine but translates in English as "it".


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è is the third-person singular conjugation of "essere (to be)" and thus is a verb (is), not a pronoun (he/she/it).


I think you are right, buýt when you said that sentenc what i can understand depend on your circumstand


So how are we supposed to answer a question with the word E when we have never spoken Italian? Please introduce words in a lesson before you stick them in a question.


This is not a question. "È" is the third person singular of "essere" ("to be") :-)


Why is "You are an apple" incorrect? If one were to say "you are an apple", how would one do that?


'è' is also how you would adress somebody respectfully. Lei è una mela. Lei comprende?


"You are" is for talking to people. I think you need to brush up on English too.


Because È means Is, and it is supposed to go after a pronoun. So you wouldn't say you is an apple, you would use the pronouns He, She, and It.


Why is it È instead of É?


I'm not sure, because I just started the italian lessons, but maybe it's the same as in french: é is pronounced as the 'ay' in 'play' and è is pronounced as 'e' in 'leg' I hope i'm right, but that's what I'm thinking.


It may be because of the language structure, for example, in spanish you put an accent like this "é" to indicate that the syllable in which the vowel with the accent is is pronounced with a greater emphasis


@ Herobrino16 See Muttley 71 this page.


Why isn't there a word for "it"?


Because é means it is so it isnt just is an apple


You could use "Essa" (italian feminine version for "IT") but is disused in modern italian, nobody use it . Anyway , remember that in italian you can always omit the subject that is implicit, differently from english or german. There is this link, on W. unfortunately only in italian language . http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pronome_personale_in_italiano

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Pronouns are (mostly) optional because the verb's conjugation encodes information about the subject.


Followed the translation and got it wrong!!! NOT GOOD!


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so, what is it said ( E un mela) would it be ( It is A apple) and NOT (AN)


there is no difference between "A" and "An" in Italian , the only difference is between Masculine and Feminine , and " Mela " is fem. so you use "Una" . If it was Masc. " Ragazzo" you use "un" .


Mela ends in A, so it's feminine. So una is feminine. If it ended in O, then it would be masculine, and therefore would be Un.


i get that E is is, but how does that make It's?

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In languages like Italian and Spanish, the verbs conjugate uniquely, which tends to make pronouns redundant. È is only the third-person singular, and so "he/she/it" is strongly implied.

This is discussed elsewhere in the comments here.


The definition of È said Is, but it is supposed to go after a pronoun. So you would use he, she, and it before È.

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