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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 16. Asking About a Person.
Asia: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for asking about a person.
PATTERN
Asia: For example, "Who is the doctor?"
Daniele: Chi è il dottore?
Daniele: [slow] Chi è il dottore?
Asia: The pattern for asking about a person has 3 elements. First, the interrogative pronoun to ask about people, "who."
Daniele: Chi.
Asia: Second, a verb, in this case "to be," conjugated in the third person singular.
Daniele: è.
Asia: And last, a noun or noun phrase, which works as a copula. In this case, that’s "the doctor."
Daniele: il dottore.
Asia: Altogether, we have, "Who is the doctor?"
Daniele: Chi è il dottore? [slow] Chi è il dottore? [normal] Chi è il dottore?
Asia: Start with the interrogative pronoun “who,”
Daniele: Chi
Asia: followed by a conjugated verb. In this case, the verb "to be" is conjugated in the third person singular
Daniele: è
Asia: After the verb comes the copula— a noun or a noun phrase that is singular. If the subject is plural, the verb must be conjugated in the third person plural
Daniele: sono
Asia: Finally, if you want to add more information, you can add a complement.
Daniele: Chi è il dottore?
Asia: So remember to ask about a person, start with the word "who"
Daniele: Chi
Asia: followed by a conjugated verb in the third person singular. Last, add a singular noun. When the subject is plural, conjugate the verb in the third person plural.
Asia: Here's another example meaning, "Who is the girl?" First, the interrogative pronoun to ask about people, "who."
Daniele: Chi.
Asia: Second, a verb, in this case "to be," conjugated in the third person singular.
Daniele: è.
Asia: Third, a noun or noun phrase, which works as copula. In this case, "the girl."
Daniele: la ragazza.
Asia: Altogether we have...
Daniele: Chi è la ragazza? [slow] Chi è la ragazza? [normal] Chi è la ragazza?
Asia: "Who is the girl?"
[pause]
Daniele: Chi è la ragazza?
Asia: How do you say - "Who is the lady?" To give you a hint, "the lady" is...
Daniele: la signora. [slow] la signora. [normal] la signora.
Asia: "Who is the lady?"
[pause]
Daniele: Chi è la signora? [slow] Chi è la signora? [normal] Chi è la signora?
[pause]
Daniele: Chi è la signora?
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: "Who is the doctor?"
[pause]
Daniele: Chi è il dottore?
[pause]
Daniele: Chi è il dottore?
Asia: "Who is the girl?"
[pause]
Daniele: Chi è la ragazza?
[pause]
Daniele: Chi è la ragazza?
Asia: "Who is the lady?"
[pause]
Daniele: Chi è la signora?
[pause]
Daniele: Chi è la signora?

Outro

Asia: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for asking about a person, as in...
Daniele: Chi è il dottore?
Asia: meaning "Who is the doctor?"
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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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Try translating this question, "Who is she?"

ItalianPod101.com Verified
Monday at 05:46 AM
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Hi Loretta Briscoe,

thanks for asking.

Actually, neither forms are correct. In this context, the right sentence would be wither "tutto va bene" or "tutte vanno bene".

"Andare bene" means "to be right/good/correct".


Let us know if you have any further questions!

Valentina

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Loretta Briscoe
Monday at 10:14 PM
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"Tutti e' beni" doesn't sound right. Shouldn't it be "Tutti sono bene?"

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Wednesday at 03:49 AM
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Ciao Bill,


use "gli" in front of plural masculine words starting with a vowel or with S+consonant, Z.

gli insegnanti = the teachers

gli spaghetti

gli zaini = the backpacks


In all other cases, use "i"

i ragazzi = the boys

i bambini = the children

i libri = the books



Feel free to ask if you have any questions!

Valentina

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Bill
Saturday at 12:51 AM
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Chi sono gli ragazzi?

Sono i miei figli!

Veramente? Hai quattro ragazzi?

No. Non ho quattro ragazzi. Ho Cinque ragazzi.


Tutti è beni?


Grazie e Ciao!

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Wednesday at 05:52 AM
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Ciao E,

perfetto! 👍


Thanks for studying with us,

Valentina

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E
Friday at 06:02 PM
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Chi è lei?

ItalianPod101.com
Thursday at 10:32 AM
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Hi Frank,


Bravo!👍

Keep up the good work!


Ofelia

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Frank
Friday at 05:23 PM
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Chi è Lei?