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19:03 Aug 6, 2000
Italian to English translations [Non-PRO]
Italian term or phrase: mangia
I know the word is used in reference to food. Does it mean Food? Eat? Enjoy your food?
mary ann

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naliterally, "eat!"Heathcliff



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literally, "eat!"

It's one of the imperataive forms of the verb "mangiare" ("to eat"). The idiomatic meaning is the one you mentioned, i.e., an encouraging "Enjoy your food," "bon appetit," "dig in!"

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For an exact translation I would need the whole sentence. If it is by itslef it is as above "eat!" but if for example it comes with Paolo mangia.... it should be eats, or with a question mark at the end it would be "does he/she eat" or "do you eat" (if formal)

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