Italian Grammar

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Mega verbs

Ciao, can anybody tell me where I can find the Mega Verbs? Grazie Edith

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Jun 4, 2009

English names in Italian

Caoi, Io ho studio l'italiano da due mese, Mi chiamo Joseph. Io sono Irlanda. Questi i miei chiamo in italiano. Io amo studio italiano, Rocket Italian molte bene! ;)

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May 11, 2009

diminutive nouns

when using diminutive nouns how do you know ending to use

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May 6, 2009

Ha una camera OR hai una camera?

In lesson 2.5 (booking a hotel room) the sentence "Ha una camera" is translated as "Do you have a room"...why is Ha used rather than Hai? Grazie

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Apr 5, 2009

"Of the"

In lesson 2.4 we learn that there are 7 different ways to use the phrase "of the" in Italian. I have 2 questions: 1- What is the criteria for correct use of "of the"? and 2- Is there a way to more readily learn the criteria?

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi -
Apr 5, 2009

a fare / per fare

Hi all, In lesson 6.1 (Grocery Shopping), Maria comes up with the following two lines: 1) _"Ogni sabato vado al supermercato *a fare* la spesa per la settimana."_ 2) _"Devo comprare tutti gli ingredienti *per fare* una bella cena ai miei amici."_ Why does one translate...

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Feb 6, 2009

translation help

I am trying to translate "my beautiful girls" in reference to my daughters, feminine form. I think it is "mia bella ragazze" but am unsure. Should it be "la mia bella ragazze" or does this mean my beautiful girlfriends? Also not sure if this phrase makes sense in...

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Dec 4, 2008

Cosa vende?

Hi all, In lesson 3.5 (At the Market), Alex comes up with the line: "Che tipo di mercato è? Cosa vende?" _"Cosa vende?"_ was translated as "What do they sell?". However, I'm having some trouble understanding the grammatical construction of this very simple...

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Oct 31, 2008

nel cuore

Hi! in line 3 of lesson 4.3 about Florence, the words 'nel cuore' for 'in the heart of' pop up. would 'in cuore' be ok to use instead of 'nel cuore', or am i missing some essential grammar dean (uk)

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Oct 31, 2008

CUCINARE

CUCINARE POLLO; OGGI,NOI VOGLIAMO CUCINARE POLLO. IO VOGLIO INVIARE LEI,LUI PER CENARE IO CAPISCO, QUESTO POLLO E BENE

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Oct 31, 2008

Grazie mille Rocket Italian

Mi scuzi. Non prepared to write all in Italian just yet. Just returned from two weeks in central Italy in the country near Orvieto. Studio Italiano di Rocket per uno mese prior to going. It made all the difference in the world not only for me but for mi spousa, mi due le sorelle e mi due i...

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Oct 11, 2008

a piazza

I'd like to understand why the phrase is 'andiamo a piazza', but 'andiamo alla catedrale'. Why don't we way 'andiamo alla piazza'? Also in that lesson about Firenze it seems misleading to translate duomo as cathedral and catedrale as church. In my dictionary the word for church is chiesa, and...

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Aug 22, 2008

minestra or zuppa?

How does one say soup in Italian? In my own research I have discovered three words: minestra, zuppa and brodo. In the resources I have, I cannot distinguish between minestra or zuppa - are they the same, do they imply different styles (such as a bisque or a broth), or is it something else...

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Aug 4, 2008

Question about the word "come"

In the literal translation, "come" means "how"...but I don't really understand how it can also be used when asking someone what their name is "come ti chiami". Can "come" also mean "what"?

2 replies - Last post by williamsn411 -
Jul 14, 2008

grammatica

Ciao a tutti, how do you find the Italian grammar? For all the keen students, remember that if you study the language first , at home,even at a beginner level, and then go to Italy, you'll have an enormous advantage over all other tourists that think that by being in the country for a few weeks...

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Jul 7, 2008

andata e ritorno

Ciao Mi puo` dire perche un biglietto e` andata e ritorno e non andato e ritorno ,cioe` perche si usa il femminile "andata".Sono curioso. grazie a dopo

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Jun 9, 2008

Buongiorno!

Buongiorno!

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Apr 9, 2008

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