• Italian grammar
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  • 1 Italian alphabet and pronunciation (letters,...)
  • 2 Function of Italian words (subject, object)
  • 3 Italian articles (the/a, an) [0/16]
  • 4 Italian numbers (cardinal, ordinal) [0/7]
  • 5 Italian nouns [0/13]
  • 6 Italian adjectives [0/17]
  • 6.1 Adjective agreement in Italian (endings) [0/2]
  • 6.2 Qualifying adjectives in Italian [0/3]
  • 6.3 Possessive adjectives in Italian (my, your, his/her...) [0/3]
  • 6.4 Demonstrative adjectives in Italian (this, that) [0/2]
  • 6.5 Indefinite adjectives in Italian (some, any...) [0/3]
  • 6.6 Numeral adjectives in Italian (one, the first...) [0/2]
  • 6.7 Interrogative adjectives in Italian (what/which,...) [0/2]
  • 6.8 List of adjectives in Italian (A-Z)
  • 7 Italian pronouns [0/28]
  • 7.1 Personal pronouns in Italian [0/6]
  • 7.2 Relative pronouns (who, that, which, ...) in Italian [0/4]
  • 7.3 Possessive pronouns in Italian (mine, yours, his, ...) [0/4]
  • 7.4 Demonstrative pronouns (this, that, ...) in Italian [0/3]
  • 7.5 Indefinite pronouns (few, some, many, ...) in Italian [0/4]
  • 7.6 Interrogative pronouns (who, what, which) in Italian [0/4]
  • 7.7 Reflexive pronouns in Italian (myself, each other) [0/3]
  • 8 Italian prepositions [0/25]
  • 8.1 Italian simple prepositions [0/20]
  • 8.1.1 Italian preposition "di" (of, from,...) [0/1]
  • 8.1.2 Italian preposition "a" (at, to,...) [0/1]
  • 8.1.3 Italian preposition "da" (by, from,...) [0/1]
  • 8.1.4 Italian preposition "in" (in, to,...) [0/1]
  • 8.1.5 Italian preposition "con" (with) [0/1]
  • 8.1.6 Italian preposition "su" (on, over,...) [0/1]
  • 8.1.7 Italian preposition "per" (for, to,...) [0/1]
  • 8.1.8 Italian prepositions "tra/ fra" (between, among,...) [0/1]
  • 8.1.9 "On" in Italian (su)
  • 8.1.10 "To" in Italian [0/4]
  • 8.1.11 Italian prepositions of place and time [0/3]
  • 8.1.12 Simple preposition chart - English to Italian [0/5]
  • 8.2 Italian articulated prepositions [0/3]
  • 8.3 Expressions with Italian prepositions [0/2]
  • 9 Italian adverbs [0/24]
  • 9.1 Italian adverbs of manner (good, bad, so) [0/4]
  • 9.2 Italian adverbs of frequency and time (always, now) [0/4]
  • 9.3 Italian adverbs of place (here, there) [0/4]
  • 9.4 Italian adverbs of quantity (more, nothing, enough) [0/3]
  • 9.5 Italian affirmation/negation adverbs (Yes, No, Neither) [0/4]
  • 9.6 Italian adverbs of doubt, interrogative/exclamative [0/5]
  • 10 Italian comparatives, superlatives (adjectives/adverbs) [0/7]
  • 11 Italian tenses and verb conjugation [0/17]
  • 11.1 Present tense in Italian (presente indicativo) [0/2]
  • 11.2 Past tenses in Italian [0/11]
  • 11.3 Future tenses in Italian [0/4]
  • 12 Italian verbs [0/94]
  • 12.1 Functions and classification of Italian verbs [0/1]
  • 12.2 Transitive and intransitive verbs in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.3 Active voice and passive voice in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.4 Italian regular verbs [0/30]
  • 12.4.1 First conjugation in Italian (verbs ending in -are) [0/16]
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  • 12.4.1.1 Conjugation of abitare (to dwell) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.4.1.2 Conjugation of amare (to love) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.4.1.3 Conjugation of giocare (to play) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.4.1.4 Conjugation of lavorare (to work) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.4.1.5 Conjugation of mangiare (to eat) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.4.1.6 Conjugation of parlare (to speak) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.4.1.7 Conjugation of studiare (to study) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.4.1.8 Conjugation of pagare (to pay) in Italian [0/1]
  • 12.4.2 Second conjugation in Italian (verbs ending in -ere) [0/6]
  • 12.4.3 Third conjugation in Italian (verbs ending in -ire) [0/8]
  • 12.5 Italian irregular verbs [0/38]
  • 12.5.1 Conjugation of irregular verbs ending in -are [0/8]
  • 12.5.2 Conjugation of irregular verbs ending in -ere [0/24]
  • 12.5.2.1 Conjugation of sapere (to know) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.5.2.2 Conjugation of leggere (to read) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.5.2.3 Conjugation of mettere (to put) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.5.2.4 Conjugation of piacere (to like) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.5.2.5 Conjugation of rimanere (to remain, to stay) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.5.2.6 Conjugation of conoscere (to know) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.5.2.7 Conjugation of scrivere (to write) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.5.2.8 Conjugation of vivere (to live) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.5.2.9 Conjugation of chiudere (to close, to shut) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.5.2.10 Conjugation of prendere (to take, to catch) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.5.2.11 Conjugation of bere (to drink) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.5.2.12 Conjugation of tenere (to hold, to keep) in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.5.3 Conjugation of irregular verbs ending in -ire [0/6]
  • 12.6 Italian modal verbs [0/6]
  • 12.7 Italian reflexive verbs [0/2]
  • 12.8 Verbi sovrabbondanti in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.9 Verbi difettivi in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.10 Verbi fraseologici in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.11 Verbi impersonali in Italian [0/2]
  • 12.12 Auxiliary verbs (essere, avere) in Italian [0/5]
  • 12.13 Verbs and prepositions in Italian
  • 13 Italian moods
  • 14 Indicative mood in Italian
  • 15 Subjunctive in Italian [0/9]
  • 16 Conditional in Italian [0/4]
  • 17 Infinitive in Italian [0/1]
  • 18 Imperative in Italian [0/3]
  • 19 Gerund in Italian [0/3]
  • 20 Present participle in Italian [0/1]
  • 21 Past participle in Italian [0/1]
  • 22 Italian sentences [0/15]
  • 22.1 Italian sentence structure (word order) [0/4]
  • 22.2 Structure of complex Italian sentences [0/4]
  • 22.3 Not in Italian (negation, negative sentences) [0/3]
  • 22.4 Italian interrogative sentences (questions) [0/1]
  • 22.5 Italian conditional sentences (if-clauses) [0/1]
  • 22.6 Italian passive sentences [0/1]
  • 22.7 Italian impersonal construction (Si impersonale) [0/1]
  • 23 Italian conjunctions [0/4]
  • Expressions with Italian prepositions

    In Italian some words (preposizioni improprie) or expressions (locuzioni preposizionali) are used as prepositions even if they can also have other functions according to their position in the sentence. 
    They are all invariable (unlike articulated prepositions).

    Preposizioni improprie

    The "preposizioni improprie" (improper prepositions) can be formed by adverbs, nouns or conjunction which get the function of a preposition.

    Dopo aver cenato, andrò a casa → conjunction
    After having dinner, I'll go home
    Mangerò dopo → adverb 
    I'll eat later
    Ti chiamerò dopo le vacanzeimproper preposition 
    I'll call you after the holidays
     

    Locuzioni preposizionali

    The "locuzioni preposizionali" (prepositional locutions) are groups of prepositions and adverbs, nouns or other prepositions

    A causa di questa pioggia non possiamo uscire
    Because of this rain we can not go out

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    List of expressions with Italian prepositions

    In the following table, you can find a list of words and expressions formed by prepositions and other parts of speech.

    Italian English Italian English
    a causa di because of Gli aerei non partiranno a causa della neve. The plane will not leave because of the snow.
    a favore di in favour of Tutti hanno votato a favore della legge. Everybody voted in favour of the law.
    di fianco a  next to  Christian è seduto di fianco a Marco. Christian is seated next to Marco.
    a forza di by dint of

    A forza di rinviarla, la festa è stata annullata.

    By dint of postpone it, the party was canceled. 
    al di là di/ oltre  beyond Al di là di quel muro alto c’è un parco meraviglioso. Beyond that high wall, there is a wonderful park.
    attraverso through Siamo passati attraverso il bosco per raggiungervi We passed through the wood to reach you.
    contro (di) against Il mobile appoggia contro il muro.
    Tutti erano contro di lui.
    The wardrobe leans against the wall.
    Everybody was against him.
    davanti a  in front of Ci sono tre persone in coda davanti a me. There are three people in line in front of me.
    dentro (di) inside Per favore, metti i vestiti dentro l’armadio. 
    Porterò sempre il ricordo di questo viaggio dentro di me.
    Put your clothes in the wardrobe please.
    I will always bring the memory of this trip inside me.
    di fronte a  opposite L’ingresso della metro sta di fronte al Colosseo. The entrance of the underground is opposite the Colosseum.
    dietro (di)  behind In classe, Miguel è seduto dietro Marta.
    Miguel è seduto dietro di lei.
    In the class, Miguel sits behind Marta.
    Miguel sits behind her.
    dopo (di)  after Ci vediamo dopo la lezione.
    È arrivata in classe dopo di me.
    See you after the lesson.
    She arrived in the class after me.
    eccetto / tranne  except Sono andati tutti tranne Luigi. They all went except Luigi.
    entro by Devi partire entro mezzogiorno. You have to leave by midday.
    fuori (da) outside Ci sono dieci cioccolatini fuori dalla scatola. There are ten chocolates outside the box.
    in base a  according to Parlo in base alla mia esperienza. I talk according to my experience.
    in cima a on the top of In cima alla montagna vedrete un panorama stupendo. On the top of the mountain you'll see a wonderful view.
    in mezzo a among Penso ci sia una spia in mezzo a noi. I think there is a spy among us.
    insieme a together with Miguel arriverà insieme a Marta. Miguel will arrive together with Marta.
    intorno a around Intorno a Piazza Navona ci sono molti negozi e ristoranti. Around Piazza Navona there are a lot of shops and restaurants.
    invece di instead of Invece di guardarmi, potresti aiutarmi. Instead of looking at me, you could help me.
    lontano da  far from Abito lontano dal centro. I live far from the centre.
    oltre a besides Oltre a me, nell’appartamento ci sono due ragazze spagnole. Besides me, in the flat there are two Spanish girls.
    per conto di  on behalf of Sto parlando per conto di Lucia che oggi non poteva venire. I am speaking on behalf of Lucia who couldn't come today.
    per mezzo di by means of Ho imparato l'italiano per mezzo di questo libro. I learnt Italian by means of this book.
    senza (di) without Non si può entrare senza la tessera.
    Torna presto: non so stare senza di te!
    You can not enter without the card.
    Come back soon: I can not stay without you!
    sopra (di)  on/ above/ over Il cane è salito sopra il divano.
    Il cielo sopra di me è pieno di nuvole.
    The dog is on the couch.
    The sky above me is full of clouds.
    sotto (di)  under/ below Il gatto si è nascosto sotto il divano.
    Sotto di me vedo l'acqua che scorre.
    The cat hid under the couch.
    I saw the acqua which flows below me.
    verso (di) towards Stiamo andando verso nord.
    Sta correndo verso di me.
    We are going towards the North.
    He is running towards me.
    vicino a near Vicino a casa mia c’è un ottimo ristorante. Near my house there is an excellent restaurant.

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