How to say “some”: Italian grammar lesson 25

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Summary

Dive into the versatile world of “some” in Italian! Learn how to master the art of the partitive article and spice up your Italian conversations with the right touch of ambiguity. 🇮🇹✨

  • Embrace the Partitive Article: Forget one-size-fits-all! Italian requires a bit of flair. Use del, della, dell’, dello, dei, delle, and degli to say “some” based on what follows. 🧐
  • Match the Gender: Italian is all about gender agreement. Use del for masculine singular and della for feminine singular nouns. Get this right, and you’re golden! 💃🕺
  • Sound it Out: If a word starts with a vowel or certain consonants (z, gn, ps, pn, or y), Italian throws a curveball. Use dell’ or dello to keep it smooth. 🎶
  • Plurals Aren’t Left Out: Got multiple items? Italian’s got you covered with dei for masculine and delle for feminine plurals. It’s a plural party! 🎉
  • When in Doubt, Sound it Out: For those tricky words starting with vowels or the special consonants, use degli. It’s the catch-all for making “some” sound just right. 🗣️

English vs. Italian

In English, sometimes we use the same word to mean different things. Just think of the word “the” which in Italian can be translated as il, la, lo, I, le, and gli.

It’s the same thing with “some”: there are different ways to say this in Italian. In English, we use “some” when we want to talk about an unspecified amount of something.

For example, instead of saying “may I have half a pound of pasta?”, we would say “may I have some pasta?”.

The same thing happens in Italian.

The partitive article

In Italian, to say “some”, we use what we call the “partitive article” which is expressed by the preposition di combined with the definite articles, like il or le, depending on the gender, number, and the sound that follows.

Let’s have a look at this in more detail:

  • di + il: del
  • di + la: della
  • di + l’: dell’ (before a vowel)
  • di + lo: dello (before z, gn, ps, pn, or y)
  • di + i: dei
  • di + le: delle
  • di + gli: degli (before a vowel, z, gn, ps, pn, or y)
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Examples

Let’s now have a look at some examples so that it’s easier to understand how to use the partitive article.

Mi puo portare del sale?

Can you bring me some salt?

Vorrei della frutta fresca, per favore.

I’d like some fresh fruit, please.

Vuoi dell’acqua?

Do you want some water?

Vorrei dello zucchero.

I’d like some sugar.

Ho comprato dei libri.

I bought some books.

Anna va al cinema con delle compagne di scuola.

Anna is going to the cinema with some friends from school.

Stasera esco con degli amici.

Tonight, I’m going out with some friends.

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FAQs on How to say “some”: Italian grammar lesson 25

How do you use the word some in Italian?

To express "some" in Italian, we use the "partitive article," which is formed by the preposition di plus the definite articles.

What are the forms of some in Italian?

There are other many many ways to say "some" in Italian for example: un po’ , qualche and alcuni/e.

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Vorrei un cappuccino, per favore.
I’d like a cappuccino, please.
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