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"Scusa, chi sei?"

Translation:Excuse me, who are you?

February 27, 2017



Im the man in the tub


Aha, l'idraulico!


Vendo frigoriferi, capisci?!


Can someone explain why the informal way is "Scusa" (Tu) and the formal way is "Scusi" (Lei) and not the other way around? I thought it was wrong and looked it up and it's right. But I don't understand why, i was expecting the "i" ending to be used with the "Tu" form, like with other verbs... I'm probably missing something big, sorry if this is a silly question.


FedericoBa: The informal imperative forms and the informal indicative forms for tu in the case of the -are verbs are reversed. -are verbs switch from -i to -a [scusi > scusa]; -ire and =ere verbs do not! They're the same as the indicative forms. Why only -are verbs? Chi sa?


In Italian there is a formal way of addressing people which is used with people we do not know, or when some degree of formality is required. When the formal form is required, the pronoun used for the singular, for both men and women, is Lei (third person singular); the pronoun used for the plural is normally Voi, but in situations when a high degree of formality is required Loro can be use


Itsa ME!...MARIO


oh my . . . I should have seen that coming . . .


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A question to ask the man in the bathtub. Or that stranger you see in the mirror.


Duolingo being sassy :P


The level of sassiness in this course is too high


nuovo telefono, chi sei?


There should be more exercises like that. Because you wouldn't address a stranger with "tu"! It's the same in German and French.


unless it's a kid, possibly


or a dog, my German teacher said.


Is there a situation that you will use that? Or that will always be considered as rude?


What's the difference between "scusa" and "scusate?"


Scusa is addressing one person, while scusate is addressing two or more. I think


Wait, "Scusa" Is The Formal But "Sei" Is Informal, Right? This Seems A Really Odd Way To Phrase Something, Like If You Said "Greetings, My Good Man, How Ya Doin'?" In English.


I believe that with this word, that their reversed.


What differ of chi sei and chi siete


singular you and plural you


i understand sei to be the more familiar form and siete the more formal or polite. In a situation where you do not know the person's name, wouldn't it be more appropriate to use the polite form? I ask this based on my knowledge of Spanish, but maybe the italian does not have a strict división between the two. I have seen several examples in previous lessons where I would expect the formal address and DL uses the familiar one.


it probably would be, but just a tangent, the siete version is rarely used for formal, at least in my understanding the Lei / Loro versions are typically used, and siete is reserved for formal writing. I've heard siete might be used slightly more in southern Italy, but that Lei is still more common.

I could also hear "Scusa, chi sei?" being used as a snarky way of putting somebody in their place. Any thoughts from others?


Thank you for the prompt response. This is helpful, but I'm not clear how lei/loro would be used to say "who are you". Would it be "Scusa, chi lei?" lit., Excuse me, who is she? Do you say this when you are speaking directly to the person whose identity you want to know? (You would use lui for a man, i suppose.) Wouldn't this confuse the person you are talking to, especially if they think you ought to know who they are?


So, first things first, "scusa" is actually the 2nd person singular imperative version of the verb "scusare" (http://www.wordreference.com/conj/ItVerbs.aspx?v=scusare) so when you use a different pronoun, make sure you conjugate the verb accordingly.

"Lei" is used as formal you for both male and female singular, and "Loro" is used as formal for plural, both male and female. I guess it could be confusing, but that's where context is important. Also note that in writing "Lei" and "Loro" are capitalized when used as formal you. So, if you want to be formal about it, it could be "Scusi, chi è (Lei)?" Notice the change in conjugation of "scusare."


"Scusa, chi sei?" is not formal. "Scusi, chi è?" could be formal


Really, really helpful. Thanks so much.


Is that an exception that the second pers in sing is A scusa it is mostly I Gracia


Che? Could You Please Rephrase Your Question? I Can't Understand What You're Saying.


so this means who are you in a formal way?


alkajugl: I see your point, but if the person you're addressing is e.g. a child you certainly wouldn't use a formal form, you'd use the familiar form of address.


Think 'Excuse me, you are?' is a more polite version than 'who are you?' which sounds a bit accusatory, as though you don't think they should be present, and is commonly used in England.


i get confused with Chi or Che


Anch'io. Chi Guevara was the revolutionary who practised Tai Che.


Is "Scusa" said to one person and "Scusate" to two or more?


Yes, Although I believe "Scusa" is informal, Said to somebody you know well, A friend or family member, While the formal form would be "Scusi", Said to someone you don't know too well, Or a superior, Or I believe just in formal situations in general. It's a bit confusing because "Scusa" appears to be the third person singular, Which is also the second person formal, And "Scusi" appears to be second person singular, Although it's actually reversed.


When to use scusata ( excuse me ) Or scusa ( excuse me)


Said the owl to Alice.


I think scusa is formal whereas sei is informal. Is this an error?


I am the man behind the slaughter


Aspetta un minuto, chi sei?


This is what I wrote and they marked me wrong, twice. "Excuse me, who are you?"


The description of the phrase "scusa" says that it's informal, so I guess "mi scusi" is the formal phrase. But isn't it that when talking formaly to a person you use third person "lei". For example: "Lei come si chiama?" And "scusa" is also in third person form. So shouldn't "scusa" be a formal phrase.


Finally a practical comment


Need to get to more useful questions like "Dove il pinguino?"


Chiiiiii, sei tu? Chi chi, chi chi?

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