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"Provi i fagioli."

February 26, 2013

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

Why can't this be 'Try the beans' just as 'Chiudi la finestra' accepts both 'You close the window' and 'Close the window'?


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

You are right, it can be "Try the beans" only. Let me explain you a couple of things of the imperative in Italian... :)

Provare (Imperativo) (ends with ARE)

Prova! (singular you - informal)

Provi! (singular, courtesy form)

Provate! (plural you)


Chiudere (Imperativo) (ends with ERE)

Chiudi! (singular you - informal)

Chiuda! (singular, courtesy form)

Chiudete! (plural you)


There is also an IRE ending, but many verbs are irregular, and I don't want to add too much mess! :)

To make a long story short

"Provi i fagioli." = could be imperative, but in courtesy form

"Chiudi la finestra." = could be imperative, but informal


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

Thank you so much for taking the time to help. :)

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