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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 18. Asking About Ownership.
Asia: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for asking who owns an item.
PATTERN
Asia: For example, "Whose book is it?"
Daniele: Di chi è il libro?
Daniele: [slow] Di chi è il libro?
Asia: The pattern for asking about ownership has 3 elements. First, a phrase literally meaning "of who." It corresponds to the English "whose."
Daniele: Di chi.
Asia: Second, a verb "to be" conjugated in the third person singular.
Daniele: è.
Asia: Third, a noun or noun phrase, in this case "the book."
Daniele: il libro.
Asia: Altogether, we have, "Whose book is it?"
Daniele: Di chi è il libro? [slow] Di chi è il libro? [normal] Di chi è il libro?
Asia: Start with the phrase meaning “whose”
Daniele: di chi
Asia: followed by the verb "to be" conjugated in the third person singular. After the verb comes the subject —a noun or a noun phrase that is singular. If the subject is plural, the verb must be conjugated in the third person plural. At the end, you can add more details about the subject by using complements.
Daniele: Di chi è il libro?
Asia: So remember, to ask about ownership, start with the phrase “whose”
Daniele: di chi
Asia: followed by “to be” in the third person singular. Then add a singular noun. When the subject is plural, conjugate the verb in the third person plural.
Asia: Here's another example meaning, "Whose bicycle is it?" First, a phrase literally meaning "of who," which corresponds to the English "whose."
Daniele: Di chi.
Asia: Second, a verb "to be" conjugated in the third person singular.
Daniele: è.
Asia: Third, a noun or noun phrase, in this case "the bicycle."
Daniele: la bicicletta.
Asia: Altogether we have...
Daniele: Di chi è la bicicletta? [slow] Di chi è la bicicletta? [normal] Di chi è la bicicletta?
Asia: "Whose bicycle is it?"
[pause]
Daniele: Di chi è la bicicletta?
Asia: How do you say - "Whose backpack is it?" To give you a hint, "backpack" is...
Daniele: lo zaino. [slow] lo zaino. [normal] lo zaino.
Asia: "Whose backpack is it?"
[pause]
Daniele: Di chi è lo zaino? [slow] Di chi è lo zaino? [normal] Di chi è lo zaino?
[pause]
Daniele: Di chi è lo zaino?
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: "Whose book is it?"
[pause]
Daniele: Di chi è il libro?
[pause]
Daniele: Di chi è il libro?
Asia: "Whose bicycle is it?"
[pause]
Daniele: Di chi è la bicicletta?
[pause]
Daniele: Di chi è la bicicletta?
Asia: "Whose backpack is it?"
[pause]
Daniele: Di chi è lo zaino?
[pause]
Daniele: Di chi è lo zaino?

Outro

Asia: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for asking about ownership, as in...
Daniele: Di chi è il libro?
Asia: meaning "Whose book is it?"
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, "Whose is this?"

ItalianPod101.com
Thursday at 10:29 AM
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Hi Frank,


Nice try!👍

You just need to fix the order of the words: "Di chi è questo?"


Keep up the good work!

Ofelia

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Frank
Saturday at 10:20 PM
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Di chi questo è?

Frank
Friday at 05:16 PM
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Di chi cosa è?