Prepositions

Italian prepositions
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Preposizioni semplici

One of the eight Italian parts of speech, prepositions are short but essential words which are placed after a verb, noun, or adjective in order to indicate a relationship between that word and the noun or pronoun that follows.

Per esempio…

Vado a Roma.   I’m going to Rome.
una vita di crimine   a life of crime
Questa domanda è difficile per me.   This question is difficult for me.

 Prepositions are tricky because, while they exist in both Italian and English, there is no nice one-to-one correlation between them. Many Italian prepositions have more than one English equivalent, depending on how they are used – and vice versa. In addition, a preposition is often needed in Italian where none is used in English – and vice versa again. This is one of those areas of grammar that you will likely continue to struggle with for a long time. But with time and practice, you’ll get the hang of it.

Simple Italian Prepositions

Here is a very basic overview of the most common Italian prepositions and their typical English translations. Detailed lessons coming soon.

a   to, at, in
con   with
da   from, at
di   of, about
fra   between, among
in   in, into
per   for
su   on, above, about
tra   between, among

 These prepositions are known as preposizioni semplici, in contrast to preposizione articolate which are the required contractions of preposition + definite article.

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Preposizioni semplici