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How To Use The Imperfetto Posted by on Jul 2, 2018

Today we’re going to continue exploring the complex topic of using the past tense in Italian. In Using The Passato Prossimo In Italian – Part 1 and Part 2 we looked at how to construct the present perfect tense using the auxiliary verbs essere and avere followed by a past participle. Whereas the passato prossimo…

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Alle Otto Di Sera – Translation Posted by on Jun 29, 2018

Here’s my English translation of Serena’s Alle Otto Di Sera. Livorno, otto di sera. Livorno, eight o’clock in the evening. Nella sua bella villetta sulle colline presso il Santuario della Madonna di Montenero vicino a Livorno, l’Ispettore Augusto è a cena con la famiglia. A tavola regna un silenzio pieno di attesa, perché tutti sanno…

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Alle Otto Di Sera Posted by on Jun 28, 2018

This is Part Seven of my detective story ‘The Strange Case Of The Irregular Body’. You can read all the previous chapters by clicking on the following links: Chapter 1: The Strange Case Of The Irregular Body Chapter 2: An Extremely Subjunctive Investigation Chapter 3: A Not So Perfect Witness Chapter 4: A Body Of…

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Using The Passato Prossimo In Italian – Part 2 Posted by on Jun 25, 2018

In part 1 we looked at how to construct the passato prossimo (present perfect) in its simplest form. Today we’re going to find out what happens when a direct object is replaced by a direct object pronoun in the past tense. Read on and all will be explained. Let’s begin with an example and an…

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La Pasta Fritta Di Zia Maria Posted by on Jun 21, 2018

I sat there for a few minutes thinking: which recipe symbolizes summer for me? Without doubt it has to be la pasta fritta! Two layers of crunchy spaghetti enclosing slices of hard boiled eggs and juicy aubergines, fresh tomato sauce and basil leaves: a symphony of textures and flavours! June, early 1970’s, schools are closed,…

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