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Loro VS esse / essi

What is the difference between "loro" and "essi" or "esse" (and what's the difference between the last two)

grazie! :P

December 2, 2013

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The "correct" subject 3rd person pronouns would be:

  • Egli (he)
  • Ella (she)
  • Esso (masculine it)
  • Essa (feminine it)
  • Essi (masculine them)
  • Esse (feminine them)

However, in modern Italian, these pronouns have become literary or very formal and aren't commonly used in speech, in favor of lui (he), lei (she) and loro (them). "It" isn't currently associated with any pronoun, and is commonly omitted or referred to indirectly.

December 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tocayo13

Molto Grazie! do you know? I'm recently beginning to study italian and there are a lot of things that I have to learn! For example, still I have a conflict about the nouns genders but well... Of course I will dominate this afters two or three nights front the computer :P ... buonasera!

December 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dirk.

I guess you mean 'they' instead of 'them'.

April 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BenBrazell

they and them are the same in Italian

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yourbuddy_

so do lui and lei refer to masculine and feminine (respectively) "it"?

July 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gjthomas1990

Yes. Be careful though. "Lei" can mean either she/her or the formal you. In written form "Lei" is the formal you, "lei" is she/her.

October 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

Since one of these forms appears in a sentence about fish, do you think that they could add this to the tips and notes?

September 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmilyItalia

essi/esse is used in literature eg writing :) Prego!!

April 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dara149001

Italian is really easy to learn if you have French and English, the majority of words are cognates

May 9, 2018

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February 9, 2019

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