"The cats eat fish."
Translation:I gatti mangiano il pesce.
wow, I just realized that this noun could be either male or female. Does anyone know if the words for other animals behave the same way?
BTW these discussions are great for getting extra help, love duolingo !
Cat (singular) is "il gatto" and Cats (plural) are "i gatti" . Now we can refer to the female cat (in singular) as "la gatta" and female cats (plural) becomes "Le gatte"
Therefore when I used the feminine plural I should have been correct??????
Well, it said I 'have a typo' for the masculine plural, so I'd say they want singular.
That's with regard to "fish". pesce/pesci is always masculine.
The other person was asking about "the cats", because that can be masculine or feminine depending on the sex of the cat.
Where's the crazy cat lady with all these cats feeding them all fish?! x
Thanks for the chuckkle. That crazy cat lady would be me. I was often called the cat lady for my work with feral cats.
Italian uses articles in the reverse way that English does. We use the definite article for a specific reference and omit it for the general case. Italian uses the definite article for the general case and omits it for a specific reference. That means that more often than not, if you use the article in English, leave it out of the Italian translation, etc.
If there are 99 female cats and only one male, and still it is masculine form, so, it means that Italian and french languages have a big mustache !!!
Basically, all romantic languages default to the masculine when in a mixed group or the gender is unknown
Not for all of them. For example in Russian words like horse, dog, pig, bird, fish etc. have the feminine form as a main one.
Please, call these languages Roman languages. Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian originate from Latin spoken by the Romans. It has nothing to do with romance.
The word "romance" only refers to love because romance stories used to be written in Romance languages. The word initially referred to the language and later developed a secondary meaning.
"Roman languages" would refer to the languages spoken in Rome, which also has two meanings - the Roman Empire and the present-day city of Rome. BTW, French, Spanish, Italian etc. were not spoken in the Roman Empire.
The Roman languages evolved from the "Vulgar Latin", the language spoken by soldiers, slaves, the descendants of the people of conquered lands in the Roman Empire, the Romanized people.
I answered 'le pesci', ok, it's wrong i understood afterward. But why duo showed me the correct answer was'dei pesci' instead of 'i pesci'?
Gatti is the masculine plural. Gatte is the feminine plural. Gatte is only used when speaking about a group of only female cats. Le is feminine plural and I is masculine plural. Le gatte and i gatti.
And 'lo' is not the article to use with 'gatto'. It uses 'il'. So the plural is 'i'.
ok.. these comments are great to get more info on the subject..
Le gatte, because it is plural for female cats..
Why they used "il" pesce it is "The" fish or "a" fish? and not "i" pesci... many fish or just "pesce" they eat fish in general
So all cats are eating one fish?
Why is i pesci marked as a typo? I guarantee multiple cats are eating more than one fish, and with fish being both singular and plural in English both should be correct.
Perhaps because just as in English, "fish" as a food is a non-count mass noun in Italian, which means that the singular is the appropriate form.
Sorry, grammar was never my strong suit. If it’s a 'non-mass', then why is there a plural form?
For distinguishing the different types.
A lot of fish ~ fish in general
A lot of fishes ~ different kinds of fish
Also, perhaps in Italian they make the distinction between the individual animals (countable) and food (non-countable). Like potatoes vs mashed potatoes.
Why do i have to use the article "il" for this sentence and on others I DON't
Generically, the plural is gatti. But if you know for a fact all of the cats are female, then the plural is gatte.
Pesce is one of those irregular nouns: il pesce, i pesci.
If it were regular, then "pesce" would indicate that it's feminine and it would be "le pesce".
None of the 3 questions use the word gatti - so the first sentence can't be correct either? - Sloppy
I have a Samsung 7. Is there a key that will put the correct accent over a word? I have tried and don't know how to do it.
How was the question presented to you? If it was a dictation question, then it'll ding you for not transcribing exactly what it said. If it wanted to you type in your answer, are you sure you didn't make any typos or other errors? Both "i gatti mangiano il pesce" and "le gatte mangiano il pesce" are equally correct in the absence of any context to tell us whether all the cats are female or not. If it was a multiple choice question, please pay attention to the instructions at the top. It says to select all of the correct options. If you don't do this, it will ding you for failing to recognize a correct answer.
If you're positive you did nothing wrong, well, the app does glitch sometimes.