I'm watching a movie whose story takes place in Rome. People often drop the -RE ending in verb infinitives. Example:

Sai che l'avvocato è l'unico che può farti uscire?

The speaker pronounces "uscire" in this sentence as /uʃi/. I have already seen letters dropped in others languages as a result of lazy pronunciation. Is that the case here or is it a feature of the Roman accent?

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    Not sure who talks like this. A feature of Roman dialect is to omit the whole syllable “-re” from infinitives (volere > vole', avere > ave', andare > anna' and so on). Wouldn't you happen to have an extract from that film, say on YouTube, or at least could you say who is the actor who talks like this?
    – DaG
    Aug 27 '19 at 7:44
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    @DaG Hearing the dialogue again, now I think that "uscire" is indeed pronounced /uʃi/ . I have corrected my question. Aug 27 '19 at 15:11
  • Thanks for the correction.
    – DaG
    Aug 27 '19 at 15:39

It should be some central/southern dialect's form. It is not correct Italian.

You can actually find grammatically correct forms of truncated words in Italian. For example,

Sai che l'avvocato è l'unico che può farti uscir?

would be correct. It is not used in the informal/spoken language.

You usually find this form in songs, poems or "old" anthology (by "old" I mean not current).

  • I would like a confirmation of where this is used (only Rome or the entire central/southern Italy). Aug 28 '19 at 6:39
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    I wouldn't say this is "not correct Italian", but a regional-dialectal form of oral speech.
    – Charo
    Aug 28 '19 at 8:51
  • @AlanEvangelista it used both in Rome and parts of southern Italy
    – amm0nium
    Aug 28 '19 at 22:07
  • @Charo you can consider it a mispronunciation of the Italian "uscire" or the correct pronunciation of the roman/southern "uscì". In this case it is surely a dialectal expression. Either way, it is not Italiano...
    – amm0nium
    Aug 28 '19 at 22:13

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