223 Answered Questions for the topic Italian

03/29/19

Modal Verbs and Changes in Meaning?

I found a useful chart in Kinder & Saviani's 'Using Italian' reference book. It outlined different uses of modal verbs (dovere, potere, and volere) in different tenses and their impact on... more

03/28/19

In italiano, quando si usa il presente e quando il gerundio?

In English it is very common to use the present-conjugation of 'to be' plus the ing-gerund form of the verb to describe an action in progress.Ex: "I am talking to Tom".Would both of the following... more

03/28/19

I've been awake for 5 days?

I want to say in Italian:I've been awake for 5 days.My attempt:Sono cinque giorni che sono sveglio.Is this translation correct?Thank you.

03/28/19

Use of the indefinite article in Italian vs. English?

In English, we would say:> I am a boy.> We are boys.using the indefinite article in the singular case.Is this the case with Italian as well? In other words, would you translate the above... more

03/28/19

Used to and "be used to" in Italian?

How could I translate *"used to"* and *"be used to"* in Italian to make my Italian friends understand the difference in meaning? For example, how... more

03/28/19

Why do we say "a Bologna" but "in Italia"?

Why do I say *io vado **a** Bologna* (city) and *io vado **in** Italia* (country)?For example, I can’t say *io vado **ad** Italia*.Why do we always use *in* (not *a*) for countries and *a* (not... more

03/28/19

Can "si passivante" be constructed with null subject in certain contexts?

Consider the following exchange in which si passivante appears:> A scuola, si leggono i libri?Surely a grammatical answer would be> Sì, si leggono i libri.If I wanted to not mention "i libri"... more

03/28/19

How to see the difference between superlative and comparative?

Let's say we want to translate the sentence: "That is the most expensive house". Is it right to translate this to: "Quella è la casa più cara"? How can I see the difference in Italian between 'the... more

03/28/19

Pluralization of Latin words?

Is the pluralization of Latin words accepted or even correct, unlike the pluralization of those coming from other languages?For example, "_sono stato in due bars_" would sound odd in Italian, but... more

03/28/19

How can I translate these conditional sentences?

- If I weren't going on my business trip next week, I would have accepted that new assignment at work.(I'm wondering especially about how to translate "weren't going", because in English we're... more

03/28/19

What is the rule for adjective order?

Some adjectives seem to change meaning depending on the position (before of after the noun), e.g.> un bambino piccolo - *a young child*> un piccolo bambino - *a small child*Other simply don't... more

03/27/19

How can I say "How are you?" in Italian?

In English, it is usual to ask "How are you?" as a salutation. How can I say a similar thing in Italian?

03/27/19

Why translate cities and person names?

I come from a language that preserves the original names of cities and especially personality names, so I was very surprised to find in Italian translation of this particular substantive types. I... more

03/27/19

Come posso dire a una persona "take your time" in italiano?

Come posso dire a una persona "take your time" oppure "make yourself at home" in italiano?Grazie.

03/27/19

Plural of compound names?

In Italian, like in many other languages, many words are obtained by putting two other words toghether (noun, adjectives, verbs). For example, "capostazione" (stationmaster) is the person who is... more

03/27/19

I've been awake for 5 days?

I want to say in Italian:I've been awake for 5 days.My attempt:Sono cinque giorni che sono sveglio.Is this translation correct?Thank you.

03/27/19

Why do Italians respond to 'grazie' with 'di niente'?

Why do Italians respond to 'grazie' with 'di niente'?

03/27/19

Grammatical analysis of the construction "Se l'è mangiato il cane"?

My/The dog ate it is a common joke response in English for what a student can give as an excuse when he didn't do his homework. I found the following phrase while looking for the equivalent in... more

03/27/19

C'è with multiple conjoined nouns?

I came across this piece of lyrics from a song called "Laura non c'è", and could not decipher it:> Non vorrei che tu fossi un'emergenza > Ma tra bene ed amore c'è > Solo Laura e la mia... more

03/27/19

How and why did avere get the 'h' in some present tense forms?

Why do the *ho, hai, ha, hanno* forms of the present tense conjugation of *avere* begin with 'h'?In researching the issue, I have seen that many think that the 'h' is employed to differentiate from... more

03/27/19

Preposition "a" or "al"?

I know all the rules about how to form the articulated prepositions in Italian, so I don't have to understand how to construct them, but rather I have a doubt on when to use the simple and when to... more

03/27/19

Using a comma before 'ma'?

English uses a comma before _but_ if, and only if, it introduces an independent sentence. Is it the same in Italian?> - Essere sinceri è importante ma non troppo.> - Andrei in vacanza il... more

03/27/19

What is the difference between albergo and hotel?

Since I'm not a native Italian speaker, I don't exactly know what the difference between *hotel* and *albergo* is. Would you mind telling me the difference, please?

03/26/19

How do we say "right back at you"?

When someone is wishing us something, how do we say "right back at you"?Is "lo stesso vale per te" the right and only response?

03/26/19

Non fermarti mai?

I'm just starting out learning Italian, so I do not know too much about it just yet. Onto the problem... In a few songs I've heard the phrase "non fermarti mai", which supposedly means "do not ever... more
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