position of adverb

joseph-p8 December 30, 2017, 3:10 pm
Why does the position of "bene" move?
For example when I say  "You speak italian well" it is "Parli bene l'italiano" (between the verb and the noun}
But when I say "I don't speak italian well" it is "Non parlo l'italiano bene" (after the noun)?
position of adverb
Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor January 2, 2018, 5:59 pm
Hi Joseph,

In this case, bene can be placed both before and after the noun.

Parli bene l'italiano. / Parli l'italiano bene.
Non parlo bene l'italiano. / Non parlo l'italiano bene.

You can also use molto bene (very well):
Parli molto bene l'italiano. / Parli l'italiano molto bene.
Non parlo molto bene l'italiano. / Non parlo l'italiano molto bene.

The position of the Italian adverbs is not rigid, as there are no rules that say where to place them, however those adverbs that modify a verb are usually placed after it. Many times it's also a matter of ear. For example:

Non ho sentito bene.
Non ho ben sentito.

Non ho capito bene.
Non ho ben capito...Read More
Hi Joseph,

In this case, bene can be placed both before and after the noun.

Parli bene l'italiano. / Parli l'italiano bene.
Non parlo bene l'italiano. / Non parlo l'italiano bene.

You can also use molto bene (very well):
Parli molto bene l'italiano. / Parli l'italiano molto bene.
Non parlo molto bene l'italiano. / Non parlo l'italiano molto bene.

The position of the Italian adverbs is not rigid, as there are no rules that say where to place them, however those adverbs that modify a verb are usually placed after it. Many times it's also a matter of ear. For example:

Non ho sentito bene.
Non ho ben sentito.

Non ho capito bene.
Non ho ben capito.

Both examples with capito are very common, but non ho ben sentito sounds a bit off to me.

Hope this helps! (And buon anno nuovo! )

Lucia
position of adverb

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