compleanno

Jemma

Ciao,
 which one is correct and why? grazie!

1) il suo compleanno è 3 gennaio 1993
2) suo compleanno è 3 gennaio 1993

Jemma

do i have to capitalise the birthday month?

Jemma

do i have to capitalise the birthday month?

Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor

Hi Jemma,

Months and weekdays are not capitalized in Italian, so the right translation is the following:
Il suo compleanno è il 3 gennaio.

Variant: Compie gli anni il 3 gennaio. ("He fulfills the years on January 3rd")

It's il suo because possessive pronouns are always preceded by a definite article (exception is family relatives - mia mamma, mio papà, mia zia, mio fratello...), and it's il 3 gennaio because dates are again preceded by a definite article.
If you add the year, that becomes a birth date: La sua data di nascita è il 3 gennaio 1993.

Hope this helps!

Lucia

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