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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Italian possessive adjectives and pronouns

Italian possessive adjectives and pronouns

In Italian possessive adjectives and pronouns have the same form. However they are used differently. Indeed, while possessive adjectives are used with the nouns they refer to, possessive pronouns replace nouns. Examples: La tua macchina è bella (your car is beautiful)                        La tua macchina è più bella della mia (your car is more beautiful than mine) As you can see from the examples above, the Italian possessive adjective tua is placed before the noun it refers to, macchina, while the Italian possessive pronoun mia replaces the noun macchina. POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES Possessive adjectives are generally preceded by a definite…

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Italian superlative – superlativo relativo e assoluto

Superlativo

If you’re going to Italy this summer, you might want to know how to say in Italian sentences like: This pizza is very good You’re very beautiful You’re very elegant tonight And knowing how to form and use the Italian superlative can really come in handy. In Italian the superlative has two possible forms: superlativo relativo (superlative relative) and superlativo assoluto (absolute superlative). SUPERLATIVO RELATIVO It indicates that an object or a person has the greatest or least degree of a quality compared to that of other objects or people. FORMATION 1st TERM OF COMPARISON + VERB + ARTICLE +…

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