non era una spiaggia sabbiosa ma ghiaiosa

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by Emma Neve, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Emma Neve

    Emma Neve Senior Member

    Italy
    Italian
    Hi everyone,

    I've looked it up in the dictionary but I still need your precious help.
    What is the opposite of "sandy beach" (spiaggia sabbiosa)?
    Could "pebble beach" work?
    What if I needed to translate a sentence like the following:

    The beach isn't sandy but... (?)

    Thank you very much in advance
    Emma
     
  2. Mary49

    Mary49 Senior Member

    Padova
    Italian
  3. Emma Neve

    Emma Neve Senior Member

    Italy
    Italian
    Grazie Mary...
    so the sentence could be:
    The beach isn't sandy but pebbled? :-?
    I wonder...
     
  4. Tunalagatta Senior Member

    Blighty
    English - England
    Salve,

    qual è la frase intera che devi tradurre? Non lo vedo. E in quale contesto va inserita?
     
  5. You little ripper! Senior Member

    Australia
    Australian English
    The beach isn't sandy but gravelly/pebbly.
     
  6. Emma Neve

    Emma Neve Senior Member

    Italy
    Italian
    Sorry gatta, I'd like to say:

    non era una spiaggia sabbiosa ma ghiaiosa

    so either I use two adjectives (such as sandy / ...?) or I say something like this:

    There were pebbles at the beach instead of sand.

    My doubt was about the word "ghiaiosa". My question was if there is an appropriate term to translate "spiaggia ghiaiosa."

    Thank you so much Little,
    now you, as a native speaker, which sentence would you "spontaneously" (if I may say so) use:

    1) The beach isn't sandy but pebbled.
    2) The beach isn't sandy but pebbly.
    2) The beach isn't sandy but gravelly.
    4) The beach isn't sandy, there are pebbles.
    5) ...?

    thank you soooo much :)
     
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  7. You little ripper! Senior Member

    Australia
    Australian English
    I would spontaneously use the first one, with the second two coming a close second.

    pebbled beach
    pebbly beach
    gravelly beach
     
  8. pescara Senior Member

    Connecticut
    English-USA
    Where I live (in the Northeast U.S.), we talk about rocky beaches. We would not use pebbled or gravelly to describe a beach.

    Ciao.
     
  9. You little ripper! Senior Member

    Australia
    Australian English
    Interesting, Pescara. A rocky beach in Australia would describe one with quite large rocks that may or may not have sand. :)
     
  10. Mary49

    Mary49 Senior Member

    Padova
    Italian
  11. You little ripper! Senior Member

    Australia
    Australian English
  12. Emma Neve

    Emma Neve Senior Member

    Italy
    Italian
    You've been HUGELY helpful, as usual.
    Thank you so much Little Ripper and thank you guys!
    LOVE YA :):):)
     
  13. CPA Senior Member

    Rome
    British English/Italian - bilingual
    Non era una spiaggia sabbiosa ma ghiaiosa.

    Puoi anche dire: It wasn't a sandy beach, it was pebbly. ;)
     
  14. london calling Senior Member

    SALERNO, ITALY
    UK ENGLISH
    Which is exactly what I'd say too.;)
     

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