"Who is it by?"

February 6, 2013


For me this sentence has no sense... I cannot understand it :/

March 20, 2013

Being new to Italian, it has been interesting to me to see many questions using the same word order as a statement, but with a question mark at the end to indicate that it is interrogative. Why is it not acceptable in this case to ask, 'E di chi?' ? (Sorry, my English keyboard doesn't let me put the accent on 'E'.)

February 6, 2013
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Don't worry, even Italian keyboards don't have the capital "È", and it's become accepted to use E' in its place. When asking this kind of questions, who/what/why/when/where/how, the adverb is at the beginning of the sentence, preceded by the preposition if needed as in this example. For instance "Dove sei?" (where are you?) instead of "sei dove?" (you're where?); the latter gives a sense of urgency, just like in English.

February 6, 2013

Should it accept "Acanto a chi?" The English word "by" could be interpreted that way.

February 10, 2013

Would this also be "Who is it from?"

February 16, 2013

Hmm. I wrote "da cui è?" ... should this be accepted or no? I don't know, just asking

April 8, 2013

Is 'Di chi è' wrong?

May 5, 2013
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