Questions tagged [pronouns]

Pronoun is a word that can function by itself as a noun phrase.

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Past participle and changing endings with auxiliary verb "avere"

I have read many times that the endings of the past participle doesn't change when used in conjunction with the auxiliary verb "avere". However I am increasingly noticing that is is not the case. For ...
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When can 'ci' be used to mean 'it'

I know that 'ci' can mean 'us' and 'there', but it appears it can also mean 'it'. For example: ci penso su - I'll think about it I've heard that it means kind of "it, in general" but I find the ...
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Are there rules for the positioning of clitic pronouns?

Are there rules for the positioning of clitic pronouns? Is there a preference between “poterlo dire” and “poter dirlo”, apart from how it sounds within a given sentence?
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"Dammi un bacio": How to construct "dammi" from "dare"?

I understand dammi probably is a combination of dare and mi, but I would like to know how to construct it. And what is the grammar phenomenon behind it so I can search about it. Also, I translated ...
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Quando si usano "egli", "ella", "esso", "essa", "essi", "esse" invece di "lui", "lei" o "loro"?

Non riesco a capire in quali situazioni è necessario o conveniente usare i pronomi "egli", "ella", "esso", "essa", "essi", "esse" invece di "lui", "lei" o "loro". Potreste spiegarmelo?
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Redundant direct object pronoun

I have heard the following rhetorical question in a movie: Lo sai che l'avvocato è l'unico che può farti uscire? The direct object "lo" seems redundant to me, as the sentence "che l'avvocato è..." ...
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Is "a me mi" nowadays accepted as correct written language?

I remember when I was young that using "a me mi" was considered wrong. For example saying a me mi piace giocare a calcio. But I also remember that it was so largely used that it was made "legal" in ...
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Sull'uso di "gli" come terza persona plurale del pronome personale complemento di termine

In un commento a questo post si è menzionato che usare "gli" invece di "loro" per la terza persona plurale del pronome personale complemento di termine "si sente sempre di ...
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Ci o vi secondo il contesto, ma in questo esempio quale sarebbe?

Buonasera. Nel mio libro c'è un esercizio che dice: "Sei stato troppo duro con lui! Forse è meglio se ci parli da padre a figlio." Non dovrebbe essere "vi" invece? Perché è una terza persona parlando ...
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What do "ci" means? Give me examples [duplicate]

What do "ci" means? I know that it can mean "our" but I saw it with other contexts and I'm very confused! For example Eh, che ci vuoi fare :)
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Perché "vendesi" e non "si vende"?

Gli annunci immobiliari italiani mi sono sempre sembrati molto curiosi. Perché si scrive "vendesi" o "affittasi" e non "si vende" o "si affitta"?
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Who decided the switch from "voi" to "Lei" in the 20th century?

I know from older and southern Italian friends that in their childhood they used the "voi" pronoun (like "vous" in French) as a polite form to address other persons. So how come this switched nowadays ...
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Difference between "darsi del tu" and "del lei"

In Italian there's the usage of "darsi del tu" (referring to your interlocutor in second person singular) and "darsi del lei" (using instead the feminine third person singular). What's the difference?...
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Is there any option for gender-neutral pronouns in Italian?

This question is a direct consequence of the recent discussions that have pervaded the SE community. While it is well known that English has the singular "they" option (plus some more experimental ...
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Why always "Lei" instead of "lui" in formal speech, irrespective of addressee's sex?

Why does Italian use Lei (feminine third-person singular) instead of lui (masculine third-person singular) in formal speech, irrespective of the sex of the addressee?
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"Quello" or "quel"? What is the difference?

Non ho detto quello Can I use "quel" instead? What is the difference between the two?
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The use of ci when specifying locations

The particle ci is often used when replacing a prepositional phrase introduced by a [+ location]. Sei andato a Parigi questo weekend? No, non ci sono andato. But why does the following example ...
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"La tua casa" o "casa tua"?

Yesterday I had an exam of Italian. I was asked to write a letter, so I wrote it. After the teacher qualified the exam, he said that writing la tua casa was wrong and that the correct way was casa ...
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Ce li hai gli occhi? - pronouns

I have heard the following sentence in a TV series: Ce li hai gli occhi? The intended meaning is "Can't you see it?" (a rhetorical question). I know that "ce" and "li" are respectively, an ...
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'La/Le assicuro ...', 'La/Le rassicuro ...': quali sono le forme corrette?

È più corretto dire 'Le assicuro che ...' o 'La assicuro che ...'? Supponiamo che si voglia esprimere contrarietà allorché qualcuno, nell'ambito di relazioni non confidenziali, affermi erroneamente ...
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When to use "guardarci" vs "guardare"

I've been noticing several uses of guardarci as a demonstrative pronoun: Guardarci il cielo Guardarci i film (The full sentence is Tanto non potrei più guardarci i film) Stavo per avvicinarmi e ...
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Is alcuno/nessuno optional in "non ne ho alcuno/nessuno"?

AFAIK the question/negative with uncountable nouns is expressed as follows: Hai dello zucchero? (= Do you have any sugar?) Non ne ho (alcuno/nessuno). (= I don't have any) Is alcuno/nessuno indeed ...
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'altro' vs. 'altri'

Just found this tweet: '500 MILIONI FONDO PER LE IMPRESE SOCIALI' sono regalo per 'terzo settore', che altro non è che serbatoio elettorale e clientelare. Is altro correct? Or, maybe, should it be ...
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Il verbo metterci può essere utilizzato di forma "impersonale"?

Ho un dubbio sull'uso del verbo pronominale metterci. Può essere utilizzato di forma "impersonale", o dobbiamo sempre coniugare metterci per un soggetto preciso? Gli esempi che seguono sono ...
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In "Me l'ha data", why "me" instead of "mi"

From my understanding, me as a clitic is reserved for tonic clitics (stressed). And as indirect pronoun, in this instance shouldn't we use mi instead? PS: this is one of the translation question from ...
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"Chi altri poteva aiutarla?": perché "altri" e non "altro"?

E poi, chi altri poteva aiutarla in quel momento? In questa frase, scritta nel libro Non so niente di te di Paola Mastrocola, l'uso del pronome "altri" ha attirato la mia attenzione. La mia domanda ...
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Agreement of past participle of verb after direct object pronouns in 1st/2nd person

I am aware that the past participle of a verb which comes after a direct object pronoun in 3rd person must agree in gender and number with the pronoun. Is the same obligatory for 1st/2nd persons ...
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'Grazie a te' o 'Ti grazie'?

I am learning indirect object pronouns and I am wondering why in some cases the 'a + pronoun' form is used instead of the contracted form. Are both forms used interchangeably? As another example, I ...
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"Quali che siano" vs. "Chi che siano"

Nell'esempio, "Chi" e "Quali" sono completamente intercambiabili? Quali che siano le persone che conosci ... Chi che siano le persone che conosci ... Oppure cambia qualcosa tra ...
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Voglio che ci lavori lui su tutto - meaning of "ci"

I have read the following sentence in an Italian learning tool: Voglio che ci lavori lui su tutto. (= I want him to work on everything / I want that he work on everything) What does "ci" mean here ...
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What's, if any, the hardest thing to learn in Italian for foreigners? [closed]

These days I was involved in a discussion with friends of mine who are studying Italian, and I realize that they are very confused on the use of pronouns in Italian, on the other side, they manage ...