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Non ho detto quello

Can I use "quel" instead? What is the difference between the two?

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You can't say "Non ho detto quel".

When quello is used as a pronoun, only the form quello is possible. When it is used as an adjective, you must follow the same rule used for the articles il/lo. Il -> quel / lo -> quello.

Examples:

prendi quello straccio (lo straccio)

prendi quel gatto (il gatto)

guarda quell'uomo (l'uomo)

guarda quello

The same rule applies to the plural form quei/quegli.

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