Italian verbs – Difference between essere and stare

Italian verbs – Difference between essere and stare

Italian verbs are one of the areas that language learners usually consider difficult. Generally they think that the complexity lies on the fact that in Italian the suffix of verbs changes according to the person – Io corro = I run; tu corri = you run; lei corre = she runs. In reality, Italian is full of regular verbs, so once you’ve understood the general rule, you can conjugate many verbs without difficulties. In other cases, students are confused about Italian verbs usage. In particular, I’ve received some emails requesting me to explain the difference between the Italian verbs essere…

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If sentences in Italian – Some ways to express a hypothesis

If sentences in Italian – Some ways to express a hypothesis

In this article I want to talk about if sentences in Italian, explaining some of the most common ways to express a hypothesis in Italian. To talk about hypotheses in Italian, we use if sentences. These sentences are composed of two parts: 1. A condition – also called dependent clause 2. The action that occurs if the condition is fulfilled – also called independent clause Example Se esci senza cappotto, prenderai un raffreddore If you go outside without a coat, you’ll catch a cold Dependent clauses are usually introduced by the word se. Their position isn’t fixed. This means that…

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The main Italian prepositions – con, su, per, tra, fra

Italian prepositions - con, su, per, tra, fra

In a previous article I talked about the main Italian prepositions di, a, da, in. Today, you’ll learn the other ones: con, su, per, tra, fra. Prepositions are invariable words which can precede nouns, pronouns or infinitives. Let’s see some of the uses of the main Italian prepositions con, su, per, tra, fra. CON Generally means with and can indicate: • A relation of some kind Example: Anna sta cenando con suo fratello -> Anna is having dinner with her brother; • A quality or characteristic Example: Guarda che bello quel cucciolo con il fiocco rosso -> Look how lovely is the puppy…

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The main Italian prepositions – di, a, da, in

Main Italian prepositions - di, a, da, in

Prepositions are one of the nightmares of language learners. The reason is that even if there are usually some rules to explain their usage, in many cases these rules do not apply. And language learners are obliged to learn prepositions in context, by heart. Italian prepositions are no exception. So, today, I’m going to explain some of the main Italian prepositions and how to use them. Prepositions are invariable words which can precede nouns, pronouns or infinitives. The main Italian prepositions are di, a, da, in, con, su, per, tra/fra. Let’s see some of the uses of di, a, da,…

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Italian demonstratives

Italian demonstratives

Today I talk about Italian demonstratives. Demonstratives indicate the object or person a speaker refers to. In English they are this, that, these, those. Demonstratives are very used in every language, so it’s essential to master them. Let’s now see some Italian demonstrative adjectives and pronouns. ITALIAN DEMONSTRATIVES USED BOTH AS ADJECTIVES AND PRONOUNS Just remember that medesimo is formal. And both stesso and medesimo are preceded by an article. SOME EXAMPLES Questa casa è troppo grande -> This house is too big; Quel motorino è di Sabrina -> That is Sabrina’s motorbike; Questi cani non abbaiano mai ->These dogs…

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