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Ciao a tutti! I know that this blog has been silent for a while, and I apologize. Almost two years ago, I lost almost all of the posts due to a technical problem. Luckily, I still had all of my notes and research taken over the years. I recently compiled all of my notes into ...

#009: The pronoun, ne

The pronoun ne can be confusing to English speakers, but it is not difficult to understand once you know how it works. After learning these rules, try to work it into your Italian. Practice using it in your writing and speaking so that it becomes second nature to you. Ne has the following functions in Italian: 1. ...

#008: Passive / Passivo

The passive voice (la forma passiva) is a construction in which the direct object becomes the subject and the subject becomes the agent. The passive voice is used with transitive verbs (that is, verbs that take a direct object).  Intransitive verbs such as venire, sembrare, arrivare, dormire, etc. cannot be used passively because they do ...

#007: Understanding verbs — andare and venire

Andare and venire are two of the most important verbs in Italian, and they creep up in conversation and in reading quite a bit. However, it wasn’t until recently when I used them incorrectly during an Italian conversation class, that I thought that it was a good topic to discuss.  In English, we’re pretty loose ...

#006: Understanding verbs — dare

Dare means to give (it also can mean to show when referring to a movie, film, etc.). The past participle is dato. Dare takes avere in the passato prossimo. It is irregular in the present tense and is conjugated as follows (note the accent on the third person, singular): io do tu dai lui/lei/Lei dà noi diamo voi ...