https://www.duolingo.com/RobIrishMusic

"Sono un cameriere."

December 31, 2012

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/RobIrishMusic

With 'sono' being essere's conjugate for both Io and Loro, is there a way to tell which one it is in this context? Or am I missing something? My answer 'They are a waiter' was marked as incorrect... :(

December 31, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Amuglot

Whatever makes sense is correct. If "sono" was refering to "loro", you would have to say "they are waiters". In the sentence, "un" is used which only refers to one waiter. My explanation might not be good :)

December 31, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/naten

"They are a waiter" is nonsensical. You might say "They are waiters", which would be "sono camerieri". In some situations, it can be ambiguous whether the "sono" refers to "io" or "loro", but it's usually clear from the context (which Duolingo doesn't usually provide).

December 31, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Elena18

What about "They are waitresses". How would you say that?

March 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/marziotta

"Loro sono cameriere" or "Loro sono delle cameriere"

March 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jesslc

I thought that nouns ending in -e changed to -i in the plural regardless of the gender of the noun. In which case you'd have Sono camieri for both They are waiters and They are waitresses.

Is that wrong? Or is it that an exception is made in cases such as these (ie with professions)?

June 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jeslam1

does this go for female waiters as well??

January 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/naten

Not generally. "a waiter" = "un cameriere", "a waitress" = "una cameriera". If you don't know the gender, though, the masculine is usually used.

January 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/campionesidd

Shouldn't it be 'sono cameriere' instead of 'sono un cameriere'? I thought that articles are not used before professions in Italian.

April 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jmarzw

to set this straight, waiter is "cameriere", and waitresses is also "cameriere"?

June 5, 2013
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