La Scelta (Italian Edition)
Inflection patterns are similar for the two categories:.
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Although as in most Romance languages, the neuter gender has been lost in Italian, the neuter function has been absorbed into the masculine; masculine pronouns and adjectives are used to refer to and describe unspecified neuter things such as facts and ideas e. Lo so "I know it" , where lo is the masculine third-person singular unstressed direct object pronoun. Most nouns are derived from Latin. Many of these are themselves borrowed from Greek e. Any other noun, both those from Latin with an unusual ending and those derived from languages other than Latin or Greek, are usually not Latinized , and nouns ending with a stressed vowel are not inflected; thus:.
There are certain words neuter in Latin that are masculine in the singular and feminine or masculine in the plural:. These nouns' endings derive regularly from the Latin neuter endings of the second declension sg. The choice of plural is sometimes left to the user, while in some cases there are differences of meaning: .
There are a few genuine irregular plurals in Italian plurali irregolari. Most of these were introduced in Vulgar Latin, but some derive from irregular Latin plurals. Examples include:. In Italian, altered nouns are nouns with particular shades of meaning. They are divided into diminutives , "vezzeggiativi" diminutives with kindness and sympathy nuance , augmentatives and pejoratives.
In Italian, an adjective can be placed before or after the noun. The unmarked placement for most adjectives e.
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Placing the adjective after the noun can alter its meaning or indicate restrictiveness of reference. If a noun has many adjectives, usually no more than one will be before the noun. Italian has three degrees of comparison : comparative , relative superlative and absolute superlative. The absolute comparative is formed by placing troppo "too" before the adjective; for instance:. The absolute superlative , derived from the Latin synthetic superlative in -issimus , is formed by adding -issimo to an adjective: intelligente "intelligent" , intelligent issimo "very intelligent" ; sporco "dirty" sporch issimo "very dirty".
If the two letters before the last vowel are pr or br e. Another way to form the absolute superlative is to place either molto or assai "very" before the adjective. For instance sporchissimo and molto sporco "very dirty" are the same, although the form ending in issimo is usually perceived as more emphatic; that is, sporchissimo is dirtier than molto sporco.
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Some adjectives have irregular comparatives though with regularly-formed variants also in common use , like. With the exception of 3rd person plural loro 'their', possessive adjectives, like articles, must agree with the gender and number of the noun they modify. Hence, mio zio my uncle , but mia zia my aunt.
So depending on what is being modified, the possessive adjectives are:. In most cases the possessive adjective is used with an article, usually the definite article :. And sometimes with the indefinite article :. The only exception is when the possessive refers to an individual family member unless the family member is described or characterized in some way :.
For emphasis, however, possessive adjectives are sometimes placed after the noun. This is usually after words like 'colpa' fault, sin ; 'casa' house, home ; 'merito' merit ; 'piacere' pleasure ; or in vocative expressions. If the antecedent of a third person possessive being used as an object is the subject of the sentence, proprio can be used instead of suo ,  though the usage of proprio is declining in spoken language: [ citation needed ].
The first sentence is unambiguous and states that Marco took his own point of view, whereas the second sentence is ambiguous because it may mean that Marco took either his own or Maria's point of view. Italian originally had three degrees of demonstrative adjectives: questo for items near or related to the first person speaker: English "this" , quello for items near or related to an eventual third person: English "that" , and codesto for items near or related to an eventual second person.
The usage has undergone a simplification, including the meaning of codesto in quello , and only Tuscan speakers still use codesto.
Its use is very rare in modern language, and the word has acquired a rather pejorative connotation. Italian features a sizeable set of pronouns. Personal pronouns are inflected for person, number, case, and, in the third person, gender. Literary subject pronouns also have a distinction between animate egli , ella and inanimate esso , essa antecedents , although this is lost in colloquial usage, where lui , lei and loro are the most used forms for animate subjects, while no specific pronoun is employed for inanimate subjects if needed, demonstrative pronouns such as "questo" or "quello" may be used.
Personal pronouns are normally dropped in the subject , as the conjugation is usually enough to determine the grammatical person. They are used when some emphasis is needed, e. Though objects come after the verb as a rule, this is often not the case with a class of unstressed, clitic pro-forms. Clitic pronouns generally come before the verb, but in certain types of constructions, such as lo devo fare , they can also appear as enclitics attached to the verb itself — in this case, devo farlo.
In the gerund and the imperative mood clitic pronouns must always be used as enclitics  as in confessalo! Compare with the similar use of objective pronouns and pro-forms in French and Catalan. Finally, in the imperative mood, the objective pronouns come once again after the verb, but this time as a suffix:. In Italian it is possible to append more than one clitic to a single verb.
In normal usage, two is the usual limit, although clusters of three can occasionally arise for some speakers,  especially with impersonal constructs e. Italian makes use of the T—V distinction in second-person address. The second-person nominative pronoun is tu for informal use, and for formal use, the third-person form Lei has been used since the Renaissance. Previously, and in some Italian regions today e. Campania , voi was used as the formal singular, like French "vous". The pronouns lei third-person singular , Lei formal second-person singular , loro third-person plural , and Loro formal second-person plural are pronounced the same but written as shown, and formal Lei and Loro take third-person conjugations.
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Formal Loro is variable for gender: Li conosco "I know you [masc. Le conosco "I know you [fem. The formal plural is very rarely used in modern Italian; the unmarked form is widely used instead. Insieme, voi sarete una gran bella squadra "Gino, you are a good engineer. Marco, you are a good architect. Together, you will make a very good team". Italian infiniti presenti may end in one of these three endings, either -are , -ere , or -ire.
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