Ci – Adverbial Pronoun

Ci - Italian adverbial pronounThe adverbial pronoun ci can replace a place or the object of a preposition of place. Used in this way, ci is most commonly equivalent to “there” or “here,” but may also be translated by a preposition plus “it.”

   

Demonstrative Pronouns

Italian demonstrative pronounsDemonstrative pronouns (this one, that one, the one[s], these, those) refer to a previously-mentioned noun in a sentence. Italian demonstrative pronouns are more complicated than their English counterparts, because there are two different sets and because they must agree in gender and number with the noun they replace.

   

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.

   

Indirect Objects

Italian indirect objectsAn indirect object is a person that someone or something does something to indirectly. In both Italian and English, indirect objects are often replaced with indirect object pronouns.

   

Interrogative Pronouns

Italian interrogative pronounsWho, what, which one? Use interrogative pronouns to ask these questions, which are a little more complicated in Italian than in English.

   

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.