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

"Si esercita alla mattina."

March 3, 2013

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

Now I'm really confused. Why is 'stasera si beve' 'tonight WE drink', but 'si esercita alla mattina' 'HE exercises in the morning'? I just don't understand this sentence structure.


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

You can put time clauses more or less where you want in Italian.

"La mattina si esercita" or "Di mattina si esercita" would be as valid as "Si esercita di mattina" or "Si esercita la mattina"

I am not so sure that "alla mattina" is the best form to use here. It shouldn't be wrong, I think, then "Alla sera si esercita" should work as well.

I think you can report it, if you want.

Duolingo system can learn languages better only via our feedback. :)


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

Ok so can someone explain "Si esercita"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brienza112

Why isn't "one exercises in the morning" acceptable?


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

Thank you for your help, but you misunderstand me. What I don't understand is why, in the first example ' si bere' means 'WE drink' but in the second example 'si esercita' means 'HE exercises'. I don't know how to tell which English pronoun to use for the construction 'si + verb'. :)


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

Ah, I got it! Sorry!!!

"Stasera si beve"... it could be translated in many ways "Tonight is a night made for drinking" "Tonight we drink" "Tonight there will be stuff to drink"

Do you know a little French? It would be similar to "On va boire ce soir!".

"si" is a "particella pronominale"

  • for reflexive verbs that refers to Lui and Lei
  • for general sentences without a true subject, it's called "si passivante" (I had to google it)

http://www.gicas.net/si.html

http://www.oneworlditaliano.com/grammatica-italiana/particella_pronominale_si.htm

If you have further questions, please ask! :)


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

Very helpful, as always. Thanks! Like Koolkaren I also know a lot more French than Italian.


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

Thank you so much again. I do speak a lot more French than I do Italian so yes, that does help. Boy, I'm finding pronouns tough! :)


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

Once again my email informs me that there is a new comment from a third person on a comment thread, but when I click to come here it isn't here.


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

That was my comment. I replied to the first comment from marziotta, because I though the discussion ended there. Then I've seen that instead of replying to her comment you posted the reply as a new comment and continued the discussion, so I deleted my comment since it was useless...

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