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Nomi Derivati Posted by on Jun 14, 2011 in Grammar

Nomi derivati are words that derive from nomi primitivi. Let’s have a look at some examples:

Pane (bread) is the nome primitivo from which the following words are derived:

panettiere (baker)

panetteria (bakery or baker’s)

panificio (bakery or baker’s)

panino (bread roll, literally a small bread)

pangrattato (breadcrumbs)

panettone (Italian Christmas cake, literally ‘big bread’)

panforte (traditional cake from Siena, literally ‘strong bread’)

paniere (hamper or pannier)

Campana (bell) is the nome primitivo from which the following words are derived:

campanello (door-bell, bicycle-bell)

campanile (bell tower)

campanaro (bell-ringer)

campanaccio (cowbell)

campanula (campanula, bellflower)

Latte (milk) is the nome primitivo from which the following words are derived:

lattaio (milkman)

latteria (dairy shop)

latticino (dairy product)

latticello (buttermilk)

lattiera (milk jug)

lattosio (lactose)

lattante (suckling)

allattare (suckle, breast or bottle feed)

latteo (milky)

Via Lattea (Milky Way)

Here are five more nomi primitivi. See how many nomi derivati you can find for each one:

muro (wall)

carta (paper)

città (town/city)

fiore (flower)

porta (door)

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Comments:

  1. Anneke:

    Thanks, Serena. Very useful for Italian students! Auguri, Anneke

  2. Lesley Brennan:

    Molto utile - come sempre. Grazie, Lesley

  3. Jeannet:

    Gruppo 1. = il insarto " 2. = il cuoco " 3. = l'autiste " 4. = la colf " 5. = il giardiniere " 6. = il falegname


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