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INTRODUCTION
Asia:
Hi everyone, I'm Asia.
Daniele:
And I'm Daniele.
Asia:
And welcome to Must-Know Italian Sentence Structures, Season 1, Lesson 25. Tag Questions.
Asia:
In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for seeking confirmation about a statement.
PATTERN
Asia:
For example, "It is hot, right?"
Daniele:
Fa caldo, vero?
Daniele:
[slow] Fa caldo, vero?
Asia:
The pattern for seeking confirmation about a statement or an assumption has 3 elements. First, the verb, in this case "to do,” conjugated in the third person singular. In this particular case, it means “it’s.”
Daniele:
Fa
Asia:
Second, an adjective, in this case "hot."
Daniele:
caldo.
Asia:
Third, an interjection, literally meaning "true?" This is more commonly translated as "right?"
Daniele:
vero.
Asia:
Altogether, we have, "It is hot, right?"
Daniele:
Fa caldo, vero? [slow] Fa caldo, vero? [normal] Fa caldo, vero?
Asia:
Start with a verb in the present tense followed by an adjective. Finally, after the statement comes the interjection seeking confirmation, vero? (“right?”).
Daniele:
Fa caldo, vero?
Asia:
So remember, to seek confirmation about a statement, simply state something you are unsure about and add the interjection meaning "right?"
Asia:
Here's another example meaning, "It is early, right?" First, a verb, in this case "to be."
Daniele:
Essere. It’s conjugated as è.
Asia:
Second, an adjective, in this case "early."
Daniele:
presto.
Asia:
Third, an interjection literally meaning "true?”
Daniele:
vero.
Asia:
Altogether we have...
Daniele:
È presto, vero? [slow] È presto, vero? [normal] È presto, vero?
Asia:
"It is early, right?"
[pause]
Daniele:
È presto, vero?
Asia:
How do you say - "You are tired, right?" To give you a hint, "you are tired" is...
Daniele:
sei stanco. [slow] sei stanco. [normal] sei stanco.
Asia:
"You are tired, right?"
[pause]
Daniele:
Sei stanco, vero? [slow] Sei stanco, vero? [normal] Sei stanco, vero?
[pause]
Daniele:
Sei stanco, vero?
REVIEW
Asia:
Let's review the sentences from this lesson. I’ll give you the English equivalent of the phrase and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud in Italian. Here we go.
Asia:
"It is hot, right?"
[pause]
Daniele:
Fa caldo, vero?
[pause]
Daniele:
Fa caldo, vero?
Asia:
"It is early, right?"
[pause]
Daniele:
È presto, vero?
[pause]
Daniele:
È presto, vero?
Asia:
"You are tired, right?"
[pause]
Daniele:
Sei stanco, vero?
[pause]
Daniele:
Sei stanco, vero?
OUTRO
Asia:
Okay. That's all for this lesson and this series. You learned a pattern for seeking confirmation about a statement, as in...
Daniele:
Fa caldo, vero?
Asia:
meaning "It is hot, right?"
Asia:
You can find more vocab or phrases that go with this sentence pattern in the lesson notes. So please be sure to check them out on ItalianPod101.com. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Daniele:
A presto!

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