Italian Grammar

By taking the time to understand how the Italian language works, you'll be able to speak Italian naturally, and read and write in Italian. We know this can be one of the more challenging parts of your course, and we’re here to help! You can browse the topics, do a search in the top right corner of this page, or start a new conversation. Don’t be shy!


Could you explain what these contractions mean? I often see them in certain Italian text, and though I can understand them in the context, I don't know exactly what they stand for. This is the sentence where I found them in the course. Ce n'e' solo una ri...

3 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - October 5, 2009

Still confused

I am in the beginning of the 5th level and still don't know barely any italian. I feel like i am not learning much. Plus I am still confused. Do you have any advice for me?

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - August 4, 2009


how come some words have il and la before a word and some don't its confusing me so much

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - June 25, 2009

Swap it

I don't understand the swap it part in lesson 3.10 could anyone please help me out with that part.

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - June 24, 2009

whats the thing before words do

I am confused whats the thing before words that are like this ll'albergo or l'albergo

3 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - June 16, 2009

Mega verbs

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

2 replies - Last post by em21 - June 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! ;)

1 reply - Last post by Esmarta - May 11, 2009

diminutive nouns

when using diminutive nouns how do you know ending to use

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - 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

2 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - April 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 - April 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...

1 reply - Last post by (deleted) - February 3, 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 ...

1 reply - Last post by dee84 - November 24, 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 grammatica...

1 reply - Last post by (deleted) - October 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)

1 reply - Last post by deano71 - October 31, 2008



2 replies - Last post by azak1492 - October 12, 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 ...

1 reply - Last post by Billhagan - October 8, 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 dictio...

2 replies - Last post by Adriana - August 19, 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...

1 reply - Last post by mwcjr - July 31, 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 - July 14, 2008


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...

0 replies - Last post by (deleted) - July 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

2 replies - Last post by martin - June 9, 2008



3 replies - Last post by rab - March 31, 2008

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