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Italian Indirect/Direct Object Pronouns attaching to the end of verbs.

Hi, Can anybody clear up the issue of where the indirect/direct objects attach to the end of a verb, for example when saying 'pass me' for example, is passarmi or passami correct? And how is this determined?

Many thanks in advance from a very frustrated learner.

September 4, 2018

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

Any clitic pronoun (the set of direct object ones, indirect object ones, reflexive ones, plus the locative pronoun ci and the partitive pronoun ne) stands:

(1) before the verb when the latter takes any tense, in indicative, subjunctive or conditional mood (i.e. finite forms of the verb):

  • mi passi = you pass me

  • mi passavi = you used to pass me

  • mi hai passato = you (have) passed me

  • mi passeresti = you would pass me

  • mi avresti passato = you would have passed me

(2) bound to the end of the verb stem when the verb takes non-finite forms (infinitive, gerund, participle), and in the imperative mood:

  • passarmi, infinitive = to pass me

  • passandomi, gerund = passing me

  • passatomi, past participle = (having) passed me

  • passami, imperative = pass me

  • passatemi, imperative = pass me (plural)

September 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Giovanna-Louise

had same question actually,thank you again,very much so! Grazie mille per questo..:-))

September 5, 2018

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

Non c'è di che. :-)

September 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alex49741

Civis Romanus, your response was concise and very helpful, thankyou. I wish i could say the same about IanJooa_co, who I'm guessing swims at the more shallow end of the gene pool and never even understood the question let alone know the answer. Bless him. Thanks again.

September 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Giovanna-Louise

Alex, ignore the kind of comments like the one that you found offensive or not contributing to help in your problem.. simply focus on those serious comments like that of Civis Romanus and other senior members who are here to share knowledge and give some learning tips....and skip all the other stuff.. trolls are part of the internet..giving them attention is exactly what these people are looking for..so do not give it to them..vote them down and move on..

I will give you a little trick..:

when there is no audience there is no performance..

hope this helps..:-))

September 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alex49741

Grazie Giovanna-Louise

September 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Giovanna-Louise

Prego..:-) you are welcome..:-))

September 5, 2018
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