Italian prepositions are challenging. Hopefully, some simple examples will help you
Prepositions VS Conjunctions
Italian simple prepositions are eight, usually taught in the following order :
DI – A- DA- IN- CON -SU -PER -TRA/FRA
The role of prepositions in a sentence is to introduce some information attached to a verb or a noun, and explain their function, in the form of a “complemento”. Complements “complete” the sense of a sentence, so changing a simple preposition can change the meaning of a phrase. For example:
- Ho appena parlato di Mario. I’ve just talked about Mario.
- Ho appena parlato con Mario. I’ve just talked to Mario.
The first is a “complemento di argomento”, so the Mario was the topic of the conversation. The second is a “complemento di compagnia”, because I shared the action (parlare) with Mario.
Today’s lesson is not about complementi, however, we will use them to explain the different functions of every single preposition. Read and listen to the examples. Solve the quiz at he bottom of this page.
Preposizioni, Italian prepositions: a nearly complete guide.
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