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December 13, 2011
06:44
dpc
Minneapolis, MN

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I was looking through the threads and came across this one posted by Daniel Paul

http://www.fluentin3months.com/forum/specific-language-questions/deconstructing-portuguese/

 

I was wondering if anyone could translate the same sentences used above into Italian for me.

 

1. The apple is red.
2. It is John’s apple.
3. I give John the apple.
4. We give him the apple.
5. He gives it to John.
6. She gives it to him

7. I must give it to him.
8. I want to give it to her.

 

My guesses are

1. La mela è rossa

2. è la mela di John.

3.

4. Gli diamo la mela

 

The rest, I have a bit of a problem with. Especially when it uses someones actual name, and also when the sentence ends in "to her" or "to him". Would it end in "a lei" and "a lui"?

 

Thanks in advance!

December 13, 2011
13:20
Alasdair
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Slightly different but: 

 

The Apple is red – La mela è rossa

It is John's apple – È la mela di Giovanni

I give John the apple – Do la mela a Giovanni

We give him the apple – Gli diamo la mela

He gives it to John – Lui la da a Giovanni

She gives it to him – Lei la da a Giovanni

It is not John's apple – Non è la mela di Giovanni

I don't give the apple to John – Non do la mela a Giovanni

I want to give it to him – Voglio dargliela

I should give it to her – Dovrei dargliela

She must give the apple to me – Lei deve darmi la mela

Who do I give it to? – A chi la do?

Who gave it to me? – Chi me l'ha data?

 

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