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"You indicate the color."

Translation:Tu indichi il colore.

March 30, 2013



Could this also be used to mean "Show [me] the color"? as an imperative? Grazie


For regular -are verbs the singular affirmative and imperative are swapped between formal and informal (tu and Lei). Plural (voi) usually uses the same form for both. The pronoun position and the punctuation can help to determine which is the case:


  • (tu) indichi il colore. = You indicate the color. (singular, informal)
  • (Lei) indica il colore. = You indicate the color. (singular, formal)
  • (voi) indicate il colore. = You indicate the color. (plural)


  • indica (tu) il colore! = Indicate the color! (singular, informal)
  • indichi (Lei) il colore! = Indicate the color! (singular, formal)
  • indicate (voi) il colore! = Indicate the color! (plural)


I was wrong and It fixed me to "indica il colore" which is certainly wrong… isn't it?


I think "Indica il colore" is imperative - you might be telling someone to indicate the colour.


I think "Indica" is a "He\She" referance, isn't it?


Not in the imperative. Imperative verb endings are not the same as indicative verb endings and verbs that end in "are" in the infinitive (like "indicare") swap the "tu" and "lei/lui" form around. This page explains it: http://italian.about.com/library/weekly/aa011900a.htm The imperative "tu" form is definitely "indica".


Indica could be "lei indica", which is the formal "you" .

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