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Italian Grammar Quiz – The Solutions Posted by on Jan 22, 2014

Here, as promised, are the correct answers to the quiz that we published a few days ago. If you haven’t already had a go at it you can find it here. 1. It keeps the wind off your face in the car. The correct answer is il parabrezza (literally ‘the breeze stopper, the windshield/windscreen of…

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Italian Grammar Quiz Posted by on Jan 17, 2014

How many of you made a new years resolution something like this: “This year I’m going to really make an effort to study Italian”? Well here’s a little quiz to give you a kick-start. This quiz highlights some subtle but important grammatical differences. See how many you can solve. 1. It keeps the wind off…

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Si Impersonale – Part 3 Posted by on Mar 7, 2012

In this third part of my blog dedicated to the si impersonale, I’ll discuss its use when combined with other pronouns. Let’s start with ‘ne’ (of it /them, about it /them), that nasty little word that I discussed some time ago in this blog: Ne 1. Si impersonale + ne The impersonal pronoun si always…

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Si Impersonale – Part 2 Posted by on Feb 29, 2012

A few days ago I wrote about the impersonal pronoun ‘si’: Si Impersonale – part 1 Today I’ll continue by looking at some other aspects of the si impersonale. 1. Verbi Riflessivi (Reflexive Verbs) Let’s see how the si impersonale is used with reflexive verbs. Take for example the reflexive verb riposarsi (to rest oneself)…

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Si Impersonale – Part 1 Posted by on Feb 22, 2012

Si dice che al finesettimana avremo temperature primaverili (They say that at the weekend we’ll have spring like temperatures). In Italian we often use the impersonal pronoun ‘si’, known as si impersonale. It is commonly translated in English as ‘one’, but can also mean ‘they’, ‘you’, or ‘it’ in an impersonal sense. To clarify, let’s…

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