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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Italian comparative – comparativo di minoranza e uguaglianza

In a past article I introduced the Italian comparative, talking about the comparative of superiority – il comparativo di maggioranza. Today, I explain instead the formation rules of the Italian comparative of minority and equality – il comparativo di minoranza e uguaglianza. COMPARATIVO DI MINORANZA – EXPRESSING MINORITY FORMATION To express minority Italian uses the same rules as those applied to express superiority but it replaces the word più with meno. 1ST TERM OF COMPARISON + VERB + MENO + ADJECTIVE + DI + 2ND TERM OF COMPARISON Examples: Lucia è meno intelligente di Angela –> Lucia is less bright…

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Learn the comparativo di maggioranza – the comparative of superiority

As the word suggests, the comparative is a construction that allows to compare two or more entities – verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives or adverb – expressing some degree of superiority, inferiority or equality. The first entity is the primo termine di paragone (first term of comparison), while the second is the secondo termine di paragone (second term of comparison). Example:      (1° termine di paragone) Mario è più alto (2° termine di paragone) di Giacomo      (1st term of comparison) Mario is taller (2nd term of comparison) than Giacomo   COMPARATIVO DI MAGGIORANZA – EXPRESSING SUPERIORITY FORMATION To express…

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