The Passive Voice in Italian (and How to Use it)

The Passive Voice in Italian and How to Use it

Many of our readers often feel puzzled about the passive voice in Italian and how to use it correctly. Much of this confusion probably stems from the fact that many people aren’t familiar with what the passive voice is. In this article, our goal is to explain the passive voice and its usage in the …

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The Italian Suffix “-uccio/a” – What does it mean?

italian suffix uccio

In our Facebook group, a common question we come across relates to the suffixes -uccio and -uccia. Many of our readers share that these suffixes were frequently added to their given names, yet their significance remained unknown to them. But before we delve into the meaning of -uccio and -uccia, it is important to touch …

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How to Conjugate Verbs in the Italian Language

To understand Italian conjugation, we need to comprehend what a verb is. A verb is a word that indicates mental or physical activity or a condition. Both in Italian and English, verbs can appear in two different forms: infinitive form and conjugated form. What is verb conjugation in Italian? Conjugation is when the verb changes …

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The Most Common Adverbs of Frequency in Italian

In our everyday language, adverbs are scattered throughout our speech, but there’s a particular category that stands out for its significance – adverbs of time. Within this category, there exists a subset referred to as “adverbs of frequency,” which holds a pivotal role in conveying the frequency of events. These adverbs provide insight into how …

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How to Use Ci and Ne in Italian

Ci and ne are two small particles that, despite being key elements of the Italian language, often appear arcane, and confuse even those who are no longer beginners. Not only do these particles have several meanings, but they can also be placed in different positions of the same sentence, and they can even (slightly) change …

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A Hamletic Dilemma: Imperfetto or Passato Prossimo in Italian?

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to choose At random one tense or the other,Or to take arms against a sea of grammarAnd by mastering it, conquer fluency. Let’s face it, Italian verb tenses can be utterly bewildering for English speakers, especially when it comes to deciding between imperfetto and passato prossimo. Mangiavo or ho mangiato? …

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