Articulated prepositions (le preposizioni articolate) are simple prepositions combined with definite articles.
They have the same meaning of the simple prepositions.
Making up articulated prepositions is pretty easy. Take a look at the following chart.
|a||al||allo||alla||ai||agli||alle||at / to the|
|da||dal||dallo||dalla||dai||dagli||dalle||from / by the|
|tra/fra||/||/||/||/||/||/||between / among the|
As you can see from the previous table, some simple prepositions don't have their articulated form. They stand as two distinct elements:
The simple preposition con sometimes combines with the articles "il" and "i" and sometimes not.
La pasta col tonno / La pasta con il tonno
Pasta with tuna
La bambola coi capelli biondi / La bambola con i capelli biondi
The doll with blond hair
You can not use articulated prepositions before:
Articulated prepositions and partitive articles have a different function (see Italian partitive articles)
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