Italian interrogative sentences (questions)
Interrogative sentences are used to ask about an information, feature, fact, opinion.
To ask a question in Italian, you just need to use a rising intonation of your voice; the sentence structure remains unchanged.
In writing, add a question mark at the end of the sentence.
Interrogative sentence: Same structure + Rising intonation + (Question mark)
|(Tu) Sei passato in posta?||Did you go to the post office?|
|(Loro) Hanno finito di scrivere le poesie?||Have they finished writing the poems?|
|(Tu) Puoi passarmi il sale?||Can you pass me the salt?|
If you want to ask a question with one of the so-called Wh-Questions, the sentence structure changes as follows:
Wh- Questions: Interrogative adjective/adverb/pronoun + Verb + Subject/(Personal pronoun)
Here's a recap of Wh-questions in Italian.
Negative interrogative questions
These sentences are interrogative questions that are turned into negatives.
Negative interrogative questions: Subject/(Personal pronoun) + Non + (Subject) + Verb + Rest of the sentence
|Maria non ha portato i soldi?||Didn't Maria bring the money?|
|Non sei uscito ieri sera?||Didn't you go out last night?|
The most common Wh-Question used in Italian for negative interrogatives is Perchè (Why).
Wh-Questions: Perchè + Subject/(Personal pronoun) + Non + (Personal pronoun) + Rest of the sentence
|Perchè non sei a scuola?||Why aren't you at school?|
|Perchè il gatto non è in garage?||Why isn't the cat in the garage?|
|Perchè non finisci di mangiare?||Why don't you finish eating?|
Tag questions turn an affirmative sentences into interrogatives. Tag questions are placed at the end of a sentence.
Tag questions: Sentence + Tag question
In Italian tag questions are translated with the expressions E' vero? (Is it right?) Non è vero? (Isn't it right?) Sì? (Yes) No? (No).
|Hai finito i compiti, vero?||You finished your homework, didn't you?|
|Lei si chiama Chiara, sì?||Her name is Chiara, isn't it?|
|Questa casa è proprio brutta, no?||This house is awful, isn't it?|
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