"The cats eat bread."
Translation:Le gatte mangiano pane.
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.
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
I agree it doesn't say that the cats are female, how are we supposed to know!
there is nothing to indicate that all the cats are female - and the noun 'cat' in italian is masculine
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
come on. in reality who does really check whether the cats are male or female?
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."
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.
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.
We make differences based on 3 male cats being present vs. 3 female cats being present? Who is checking??
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.
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.)
I bet an Italian would still talk to me any way if I was even able to say, ". I gatte mangiano il pane"
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?
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).
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
"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".
Can someone explain the difference between using "il" and "i" for the word "the"?
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.
How will I identify when is a femmale or male if the question is in english???
Agree with other comments - correct to type i gatti as we do not know gender therefore correct.
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?
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.
Hi, it's probably out of this topic, but could somebody help me with the verbs conjugation? I don't understand the endings :/
Cats don't eat bread. How about giving us some sentences we can use in real life?
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.
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.
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.
Gli italiani non dicono"le gatte".Giusto e' "il gatto"singolare,e "i gatti" plurale.Nient altro.