I am listening to some Italian Language tapes to learn Italian. They are having a conversation about coffee and sugar, etc., and one of them is supposed to say "Yes, here it is" (regarding the sugar) in Italian. The response on the tape is;

"Sì, ecco."
Why isn't it the following? "Sì, eccolo."

(lo zucchero)

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    It's optional. There's no need for the tag like in English.
    – egreg
    Jan 31 '16 at 14:49
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    Would "Sì, eccolo" be correct if I wanted to use it?
    – Msfolly
    Jan 31 '16 at 15:02
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    Yes, certainly.
    – egreg
    Jan 31 '16 at 15:03
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    Note that in Italian even "here" is optional :) (you can say Ecco qua or Ecco qui)
    – Denis Nardin
    Jan 31 '16 at 15:35
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    If you want a little more confusion, it Italian is also possible to say: *Eccotelo qua!". But it is not a correct way to write such a sentence.
    – N74
    Feb 1 '16 at 11:38

Ecco : (adv.) is used to indicate that something or someone is coming. Personal pronouns can be added to the expression:

  • Si usa per richiamare l'attenzione su qualcuno o qualcosa che sopraggiunge, che sta per accadere e simili: Ecco la mamma che arriva; ecco, vengo!; ecco che mi torna la febbre.
  • Può essere unito ai pronomi personali atoni mi, ti, si, ci, vi, lo, la, li, le e ne in posizione encl.: eccoci qua!; eccomi!; eccone uno!


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