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"My house is very close to the park."

March 27, 2013

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

Why is it 'La porto è vicinO qui' in one example, but 'Casa mia è molto vicinA al parco' in this example. Is 'vicino qui' an expression in itself so you don't change 'vicino' to agree in number or gender with the noun?


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

Hi Koolkaren,

Good catch: is the sentence you're referring to "il porto è qui vicino"? Vicino functions as both an adverb and an adjective. The adjective does change with gender and number:

  • Siamo vicini a casa/we're close to home
  • La piazza non è vicina/the square is not close

But the adverb does not:

  • Abitiamo vicino a voi/we live close to you
  • Loro dormono vicino alla finestra/they sleep close to the window

Get this... it can even be a noun:

  • Lui è il mio vicino di casa/he is my neighbor
  • I miei vicini sono sposati/my neighbors are married
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