"The cats eat bread."

Translation:Le gatte mangiano pane.

December 29, 2012



when do you use "i gatti" vs. "le gatte"?

December 29, 2012


I gatti is plural & masculine (2 or more male cats), le gatte is plural and feminine (2 or more female cats). When it's one male cat and one female cat, you use the masculine form. And if you don't know their gender it's normal to use the masculine one as well.

December 29, 2012


crystal clear :) - would be nice thought to have an official explanation from duolingo on these things for each sentence they provide. or a duolingo approved stamp for helpful comments like the one above

February 20, 2013


I agree it doesn't say that the cats are female, how are we supposed to know!

April 19, 2015


same here

March 31, 2018


I agree!

April 30, 2019


I agree with you strages.

November 20, 2013


I like the duolingo approved stamp idea

November 25, 2014


Yes, yes!!

April 30, 2019



August 17, 2018


Thanks a lot. You explained well.

October 9, 2013


Thanks. great answer.

November 20, 2013



April 22, 2014


Very clear. Thank you.

April 11, 2015


Shouldn't it be "Gatti"???

October 26, 2018


there is nothing to indicate that all the cats are female - and the noun 'cat' in italian is masculine

May 24, 2013


I gatti or le gatte, both are correct for the cats.

Il gatto = the male cat

I gatti = the male cats

La gatta = the female cat

Le gatte = the female cats

November 27, 2018


that's what i thought

June 30, 2013


I agree

October 9, 2013


come on. in reality who does really check whether the cats are male or female?

November 19, 2013


They are tomcats if they are screaming and fighting. Years ago I had about 4 kittens. The others were male so I assumed the calico one, which was 5 months old, was male too. I took it to the vet and told them I wanted him neutered. The assistant checked the cat and then asked me if it had been neutered before. I replied, "Not that I know of". Then the vet came in and she told him, "It looks like it's already neutered, but she says no." Then the veterinarian checked the cat and said to her, "This cat is a female." I felt so embarrassed and stupid! but they told me, "It's happened before."

January 20, 2014


Fun fact! Calico cats are almost always female, and true gingers (not just orange tabbies) are almost always male. Not 100% either way, but usually.

February 14, 2014


The gene that makes cats calico is a recessive sex linked trait. It's on the X chromosome, so without two X's (males are XY) you can have a het carrier that doesn't display the trait, but can produce female kittens that do if the mother is het or homo.

Male calicos aren't impossible, but the genetics involved mean their usually sterile and have health problems.

February 21, 2016


Lol happened to me too... :)

February 27, 2014


Your comment made my day. One laugh a day and I'm OK

November 22, 2013


for singular (il gatto), can we also say la gatta?

June 9, 2013



November 27, 2018


We make differences based on 3 male cats being present vs. 3 female cats being present? Who is checking??

April 10, 2013


i gatti mangiano (il) pane ---- le gatte mangiano (il) pane

August 10, 2013


this one threw me; i've never heard of being able to "feminize" the word gatto to gatta or it used that way. the only way i've heard is just adding femina or feminile to gatto after it or in a sentence later on to clarify.

December 21, 2013


Just asked my husband about this sentence. I was stumped also, we NEVER call our cats anything but "i gatti", and I had no idea the word for cat could be feminized. So the answer should have been "i gatti mangiano etc". But he said, Yes, you can feminize the word for cat. So "Le gatte" is correct apparently. (My husband, the Italian, btw.)

February 10, 2014


I bet an Italian would still talk to me any way if I was even able to say, ". I gatte mangiano il pane"

August 6, 2018


but is it singular or plural???

December 15, 2013


Great comments about the gender of all the cats but what about bread. In english bread is a "mass" noun so it could be either singular or plural. If there are lots of cats they will eat lots of bred! so why is i pane wrong or like english is it always singular?

February 19, 2014


Mass nouns in English aren't necessarily mass nouns in Italian. The sentence is "i gatti" (the cats) "mangiano" (eat, 3rd person plural) "il pane" (the bread). But if you wrote "i pani" (the breads) it should be acceptable since that is often how an Italian sentence is constructed i.e. many cats=many breads. So bread is a mass noun in English, like fish or sheep, but not in Italian. (I pesci, le pecore).

February 19, 2014


Hi, i got the answer clearly wrong [wrote "I gatti mangiano le pane"] it says i should have written "I gatti mangiano del pane" I was wondering what "del" was and whether it was something taught before and I am just being silly? :p thanks

June 8, 2014


"Del" is the contraction of "di" and "il", which is used in Italian to mean "of the" or "some" ("delle" is the feminine equivalent, "degli" is used before "z" or "s-impure" plural, "dei" is masculine plural, and so on). So "some bread" in Italian is "del pane". Kind of like in French, when you use "du" to indicate "some".

June 10, 2014


Can someone explain the difference between using "il" and "i" for the word "the"?

August 3, 2014


In every example given through the exercise or practice there has been no indication how to express the gender of the cat. It won'let me submit a flag for is. I think they know.

October 3, 2014


How will I identify when is a femmale or male if the question is in english???

October 9, 2014


Agree with other comments - correct to type i gatti as we do not know gender therefore correct.

May 11, 2018


if "i gatti" is male cats and "le gatte" is female cats. What is the female cat (just one cat)? I know "il gatto", but is the feminine version of this la gatta?

May 14, 2018


Isn't an article for pane essential? I wrote "le gatte mangiano pane" as there was no option available for 'il' pane, and it was marked correct.

January 7, 2019


Hi, it's probably out of this topic, but could somebody help me with the verbs conjugation? I don't understand the endings :/

February 7, 2019


its wrong!

March 21, 2019


Cats don't eat bread. How about giving us some sentences we can use in real life?

August 13, 2013


Actually, some cats will eat bread. My dad used to have a cat which was crazy about brown bread but it wouldn't eat white bread. Some cats are fussy eaters and will only eat certain things. A cat my dad used to have would only eat raw liver and nothing else. They get that way if they're spoiled too much. Other cats will eat anything. A kitten I used to have would eat raw tomato. Some cats will eat raw potato peels but it'll make them sick. A woman I knew told me that their cat used to steal potato peels out of the garbage. Some cats eat peanuts. In general, cats are carnivores.

January 20, 2014


I used to work for a pet food company and there's actually a lot of foods that we eat that cats and dogs can eat. One of the things that shocked me was both animals can eat rice and cooked potatos. While dogs can eat shredded carrots. Cats need taurine so they can have cod or salmon. Don't feed them tuna as it can cause health problems.

August 18, 2018


That's called applying your knowledge to the situation! :) Assembling phrases with words you have learned so far is great for practicing your mind rather than learning the language phrase by phrase.

September 12, 2013


my cat eats

September 2, 2013



September 16, 2013


Mine does...

February 27, 2014


I agree - lots of sentences don't make much sence.

May 25, 2014


I agree. Iwant sentences that reflect real conversation

August 21, 2016


I wish the sentences reflected real conversation

August 21, 2016


Gli italiani non dicono"le gatte".Giusto e' "il gatto"singolare,e "i gatti" plurale.Nient altro.

September 20, 2018


LE GATTE NON ESISTE!!!il gatto i gatti e' giusto

September 20, 2018
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