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Some says “There’s nothing like home sweet home”. We agree. In today’s lesson, we are going to learn some very useful words and expressions you can use when describing a house or an apartment.
Massimo and Jane,
I was wondering why, for example,
In this lesson, “La mia casa ha una cucina” is used.
While in lesson twelve “Mia sorella e’ bella” is used.
When do we add a “la” before the “mia”?
As a general rule, possessive adjectives always need an article (definite or indefinite) except when the possessed noun is a specific family relative.
la mia automobile e’ veloce = my car is fast
mia madre e’ giovane (NOT “la mia madre”) = my mother is young
Jame and Massimo,
Thanks for the great website. In this lesson, I would like to know when to use “vivo” and “abito” when taking about where you live.
In the “everyday” Italian, there is not really too much of a difference between “abitare” and “vivere”.
However, “abitare” means “to reside, to occupy” (in a place, in a house, etc.) – Examples: “abito a Milano”, “abito in campagna”.
“Vivere means “to exist” (in a place, in a situation, etc.) – Examples: “vivo a Roma”, “vivo in un appartamento”, “vivo solo”.
I am uncertain when to use the personal pronoun in front of the verb. I see in this lesson that you use “Io” alot. Can it be left off (since the congugated verb indicates the pronoun)? I thought it should only be used for emphatic sentences, but I see it used in many sentences…not just on is site. For example, I often see both “vorrei…” and “Io vorrei…” (I would like…) written.
Erinlad – yes, the personal pronoun in front of the verb can be left off – as a matter of fact, you’ll find that it is left off the majority of the times.
We have decided to use it a little more than the average on the beginner series as it makes it easier, especially for English speaking students, to learn and memorize verbs.
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