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"Qual'è" o "Qual è"?

Come riportato nella risposta al quesito sull’Accademia della Crusca, la forma corretta è qual è: Esatta grafia di qual è L'esatta grafia di qual è non prevede l'apostrofo in quanto si tratta di un'...
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What is the meaning of "rider"?

You're right, rider it just an apocopic form of the verb ridere (to laugh). A word form in which the word is lacking the final sound or syllable. Occurs in Italian, Spanish, and other languages. ...
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Why is the family name of the House of Medici written as 'de' Medici' not 'dei Medici'?

The word de' you have found is a truncated version of "preposizione articolata" dei. Section IV.80 of the book Italiano by Luca Serianni gives detailed information about the truncated versions of ...
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What does this mean: "quando son due passi"?

It is called apocope (or elision) that is: the loss of one or more sounds or letters at the end of a word. (M-W) “Son” is the truncated form of the verb “sono” (they are). The sense is: “it is only ...
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"Fiorellin" or "Fiorellini?"

It is very common poetic (and musical) usage to drop the last vowel of a word to change the number of syllables of a verse: Maz-zo-li-no becomes maz-zo-lin (quel mazzolin di fiori): Amor<e>, ch&...
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Quando si usano "quel che" e "quello che"?

Gli aggettivi bello e quello sono molto particolari in italiano, perché hanno forme simili a quelle degli articoli e delle preposizioni articolate: bel bello bei begli quel quello quei quegli ...
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Question about l' and gl'

In order to comply with the meter, the librettista had to do a couple of adjustments: make the hiatus agli altari into a diphthong, so agli altari → agl’altari (not used in standard language, it's a ...
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"Fiorellin" or "Fiorellini?"

Putting together an answer from Hachi and DaG's comments: This is a case of poetic "elision". While elision is more common in singular forms, in poetry, it's not unheard of to use elision on ...
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Voler bene - apocope

Yes. The only relevant reason for the apocope is euphony. There's no difference between 'voler bene' and 'volere bene'. There is instead an important difference in meaning between 'voler(e) bene' (= ...
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Quando si usano "quel che" e "quello che"?

In generale la Treccani riguardo a quello dice: La scelta tra le varie forme del maschile singolare (quello, quell’ con ➔elisione e quel con ➔troncamento), del femminile singolare (quella e ...
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Why use the apocopic form "voler (vivere)"?

An infinitive followed by another infinitive is one of the cases in which we can do vocalic apocope, that is, we can drop the last "e" from the first infinitive. Nevertheless, as explained in the ...
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Quando si deve togliere la "e" finale di un verbo all'infinito?

È un troncamento "facoltativo", si toglie l'e (e non solo! :)) per far "suonare" la medesima parola di tono più "bello, elegante, musicale, sonoro", tuttavia, non è obbligatorio. :D.
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