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Sto parlando italiano is I am speaking Italian. As opposed to Parlo italiano I speak Italian. There are only a few irregular gerunds: Che cosa stai facendo? What are you doing? Where are they going? He was telling the truth. Words denoting buildings in a city, as well as open spaces, do not use the article after in. Sono in ufficio, non in biblioteca. I'm in the office, not in the library.
Preferisco vivre in campagna.
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I don't like living in the city. I prefer to live in the countryside. To Want, to Be Able to, to Have to. In the passato prossimo, these three verbs can use either avere or essere as the auxiliary verb, depending on what auxiliary the main verb in the sentence takes.
Common and Proper Italian nouns
Sono dovuto partire presto. I had to leave early. Lucy wanted to come with us. Use of these verbs in the passato prossimo indicates that it is certain that the action did happen, whereas in the imperfect the result of the action remains unclear and uncertain.
Remember that quale agrees in gender and number with the noun it precedes. Although in is one of the prepositions that forms contractions with articles, the article is not used with rooms in a house. Dormiamo in camera e mangiamo in sala da pranzo. We sleep in the bedroom and we eat in the dining room. Di is used when comparing two different things, while che is used when the comparison is between two qualities of the same thing. Cherries are better than strawberries. The apple is more green than red. Frank is as tall as me. It is formed by placing the article before the comparative form of the adjective, or in front of the noun.
And instead of the preposition in, di and its contractions , is always used with the superlative.
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Le mele sono la frutta meno costosa del mondo. Apples are the least expensive fruit in the world.
Gold is the most precious metal. This is the tallest building in Naples. This can be expressed in several ways in Italian. Drop the last vowel of the adjective and add -issimo, -issima, -issimi, or -issime. Le fragole sono dolcissime. Strawberries are very sweet. Place the words molto, troppo, or assai before the adjective. This orange is very good. Repeat the adjective or adverb.
Lei parla piano piano. She speaks very softly. Some adverbs have irregular comparative, relative superlative, and absolute superlative forms. The most common are:. Portare means to wear , but it also means to bring.
You don't use possessive pronouns when referring to parts of the body or clothing, but you do use the definite article. The future of regular verbs is formed by dropping the final -e of the infinitive and adding the following endings. For -are verbs, the a is changed to an e. Verbs ending in -care and -gare add an h after the c and g in the in order to retain the hard sounds. Verbs ending in -ciare and -giare drop the i from their stems in the future. Many verbs use irregular stems in the future tense, but they still use the regular endings from above:.
In addition to expressing the future, this tense in Italian can also express probability; but in English, the words probably, can or must are used. Non vedo Maria da molto tempo. I haven't seen Maria in a long time. Where could she be? She must be sick or on vacation.