Direct Objects

Italian direct objectsA direct object is a noun, whether person or thing, that someone or something acts upon or does something to. In both Italian and English, direct objects are often replaced with direct object pronouns: me, ti, lo, la, ci, vi, li, le.

   

Possessive Pronouns

Italian possessive pronounsItalian possessive pronouns (il mio, la tua, i suoi …) are used in place of nouns to indicate to whom or to what those nouns belong.

   

Reflexive Pronouns

Italian reflexive pronounsReflexive pronouns reiterate the subject, which may seem redundant, but in fact serves an important purpose: it indicates that the subject of the verb is performing that action on itself.

   

Subject Pronouns

Italian subject pronounsSubject pronouns are a type of personal pronoun that indicate who or what is performing the action of a verb.

   

Tu vs Lei

You in ItalianThe distinction between tu and Lei is one of the most confounding aspects of Italian, and one of the most basic. The influence it has on verb conjugations and pronouns is considerable, but more than that, the choice of tu or Lei is a matter of etiquette.