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john291thomson3046
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word order

Postby john291thomson3046 » September 24th, 2013 7:49 pm

I am constantly being reminded that word order does not really matter in most cases
Do some people always use one order and others use another?

alcuni esempi

è Lei ? or Lei è ?
anche tu sel ? or sei anche tu ?
Lei è Americana ? or è Americana Lei ?

It probably is no more than another of the delightful quirks which makes la lingua italiana so charming

John Thomson

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Re: word order

Postby community.italian » September 27th, 2013 10:36 pm

Hi John,

Good question!
It depends: sometimes the order doesn't change the meaning, sometimes it is useful to emphasize some element.
The normal order in Italian is Subject Verb Object, so when this order is inverted, it is to emphasize some element.
For example:
è Lei Maria = She (and no one else) is Maria. (the verb comes before the subject)
and
Lei è Maria = She is Maria. (normal order)

I hope this will help!
Grazie e ciao!
Ofelia
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john291thomson3046
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Re: word order

Postby john291thomson3046 » September 27th, 2013 10:45 pm

grazie tanto Ofelia.

è molto gentile Lei

è giusto questo ?

John


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