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Are these uses of prepositions interchangeable in the above example, or do they have different emphasis/meanings/uses?

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You can use "dietro a" for verbs that indicate movement, like

  • andare: go
  • correre: run
  • camminare: walk

Io cammino dietro a Luigi.

You can use "dietro di" when it precedes a pronoun:

Io corro dietro di te

Remember that "dietro a" is more literary, for example Dante used it:

"Vien dietro a me, e lascia dir le genti" (Purgatory)

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