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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.
|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|
|su||on, above, about|
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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