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"Scrivete un libro."

April 21, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/L7K

How is "Tu scrivi" different from "Scrivete" if they both mean "you write"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris123456

The difference is simply between singular and plural. "You", (tu scrivi) in the singular, and "all of you" (voi scrivete) in the plural. They both translate to "you." Grammatically this is the second person singular and the second person plural. Hope this helps :)

(Sorry caludio, I just don't think imperatives are an issue in this question)


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

You're right, but my point is that "Scrivete un libro" as a self standing phrase has a meaning ONLY if used as imperative. But yes, duolingo is often weird :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/L7K

Thank you, this helps.


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

Helps a lot. Thanks. ;)


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

"Tu scrivi" is "You write", but it's not imperative. In italian (like in any other language) the imperative doesn't use the pronoun "Scrivi!" or "Scrivete!". So, "scrivete un libro" is "Do write a book", while "You write a book" is just the present tense "Tu scrivi un libro".

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