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

Are there other words for "tu" and "voi"?

I've just started to learn Italian on Duolingo (I gave up on Esperanto... I think Italian will be more useful haha) and, in the first lessons, those two words appeared to me.

"Tu" means "you" in singular and "voi" in plural and it's not weird to me because my native language is Portuguese. Well, I'm posting this to do the following question:

Are there other words that can be used meaning "tu" or "voi"? Because, in Portuguese grammars, there are "tu" and "vós" as well, but, in Brazil, we don't use them when we are talking. We use "você" and "vocês" (and "tu", but we don't conjugate the verb "correctly", so it sounds a bit informal). I want to know if it happens in Italian too.

Thanks in advance and sorry about my English, feel free to correct me :)

February 13, 2018

12 Comments


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

There is a further pronoun that can be used in very formal speech for 'you' (singular). Normally, in formal speech the listener is addressed with lei, but at a higher degree of formality ella would be used (i.e. the original subject pronoun, that lei replaced).
You'll never hear ella in everyday's conversation, so you can simply disregard it.

February 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dowski22

Tu= You (informal) Voi= You (Plural) Lei= You (Formal, Polite) But always Capital letter "Lei" other wise "lei" means She

February 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dowski22

For example:

Tu sei Marco? = Are you Marco?

É Lei la signora Michielini? = Are you Mrs. Michielini?

February 13, 2018

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

Can I say: "Tu sei Marco?" or the verb needs to be before the noun like in English?

February 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dcarl1

You can for emphasis, but easier just to leave off the “tu”.

February 13, 2018

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

ohhhh thankss!!

February 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dowski22

Io sono I am

tu sei You are

Lei é You are (Polite)

lui é He is

lei é She is

noi siamo We are

voi siete You are (Plural)

loro sono They are

February 13, 2018

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

Thank you!! xD

February 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dowski22

You're welcome

February 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Max.Em

I don't know replacements for tu and voi. Just some funny other pronouns like egli, colui, codesto, that I have never seen written in any text or heard anywhere. But I'm just a learner....

February 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Muss403695

Your English is pretty good, dont worry.

February 13, 2018

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

Thank you :)

February 13, 2018
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