https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisWM4

When to use/not use siete (as in you all)

Hi all. I’ve just started Italian, and am completely confused as to when to use ‘voi siete’ or just ‘voi’. I can’t discern a pattern in Duo’s acceptance of answers. Ciao è grazie. Chris

July 23, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/relox84

Voi siete means you are

Voi just means you

In the phrase "voi siete" you can't leave out the verb siete, but you can actually drop the voi: "siete" on its own can mean "you are".

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emy__3

I can add that in general subjects pronouns are optional, but there are specific cases where they are normally dropped and others where they become even mandatory:

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/30970117

and I advise you this site (to me it's one of the best):

https://www.wordreference.com/conj/ItVerbs.aspx?v=essere

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisWM4

Thanks also re wordreference.com

July 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emy__3

You're welcome. Sì, it's a good dictionary.

I also studied Latin, at school (also Greek). :)

July 24, 2019

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

Thanks!

July 25, 2019
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