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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 19. Requesting Permission.
Asia: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for requesting permission.
PATTERN
Asia: For example, "May I come in?"
Daniele: Posso entrare?
Daniele: [slow] Posso entrare?
Asia: The pattern for requesting permission has 2 elements. First, the verb "may" in the first person singular, present tense.
Daniele: Posso.
Asia: Second, a verb in the infinitive form, in this case "to come in."
Daniele: entrare.
Asia: Altogether, we have, "May I come in?"
Daniele: Posso entrare? [slow] Posso entrare? [normal] Posso entrare?
Asia: To request permission in Italian, start with the verb which translates "can" or "may"
Daniele: potere
Asia: Conjugate it in the first person singular in the present tense, "I can" or "I may."
Daniele: posso
Asia: Note how we don't add the subject pronoun "I" because it’s already implied in the conjugation. Last comes the second verb in the infinitive form.
Daniele: Posso entrare?
Asia: So remember, to request permission, start with posso ("may I"), followed by an infinitive verb.
Asia: Here's another example meaning, "May I talk?" First, the verb "may" in the first person singular, present tense.
Daniele: Posso.
Asia: Second, a verb in the infinitive form, in this case "to talk."
Daniele: parlare.
Asia: Altogether we have...
Daniele: Posso parlare? [slow] Posso parlare? [normal] Posso parlare?
Asia: "May I talk?"
[pause]
Daniele: Posso parlare?
Asia: How do you say - "May I eat?" To give you a hint, "to eat" is...
Daniele: mangiare. [slow] mangiare. [normal] mangiare.
Asia: "May I eat?"
[pause]
Daniele: Posso mangiare? [slow] Posso mangiare? [normal] Posso mangiare?
[pause]
Daniele: Posso mangiare?
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: "May I come in?"
[pause]
Daniele: Posso entrare?
[pause]
Daniele: Posso entrare?
Asia: "May I talk?"
[pause]
Daniele: Posso parlare?
[pause]
Daniele: Posso parlare?
Asia: "May I eat?"
[pause]
Daniele: Posso mangiare?
[pause]
Daniele: Posso mangiare?

Outro

Asia: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for requesting permission, as in...
Daniele: Posso entrare?
Asia: meaning "May I come in?"
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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Practice requesting permission using this pattern.

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Ciao Donna,

la tua frase è perfetta (your sentence is perfect).


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Posso comprare la camicetta?

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Hi EA,


Thank you for posting!😄

Keep up the good work!


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EA
Tuesday at 06:46 AM
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Signora, può cantare con me, per favore?

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Hi Tamer,


Prego, si accomodi!

Please have a sit!


Well done! Bravo!

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Thursday at 12:34 AM
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Posso mangiare qui?

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Buongiorno Ravit,


Certo! Sure! 😎

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Posso chiedere una domanda?