"Come sta?"

Translation:How are you?

May 7, 2013



"Come stai?"

May 7, 2013


That would be a way to ask your friends how they are doing, but with the doctor, your teacher, a political figure, you would use the formal you which requires third person singular conjugation.

May 7, 2013


"The formal you?" Where is that in the conjugation of verbs? I understand what you are talking about because I have studied Spanish, but this appears nowhere in Duolingo in the Italian section that I have seen!

September 7, 2013


is there a difference between io sono and io sto (if this is the right form of this word)?

November 13, 2013


I can't say this for sure, but knowing what I know of Spanish I'm assuming io sono=I am in the sense of something definite. Example: I am Samantha=Sono Samantha. For io sto=something indefinite like emotion/how ones feeling at that particular moment, etc. Ex: I am well= sto bene.

November 19, 2013


Usually "essere" (io sono) is used for identity, qualities, permanent attributes, etc. while "stare" (io sto) is for locations, in the continuous tense and in idiomatic expressions like "how do you do" (come stai) but don't take it as a rule - there are a lot of other uses and exceptions.

January 13, 2014


How is she? OR How is he? OR How are you?

January 5, 2019


For variety, I used "How do you do" as an equivalent to "how are you". I was NOT accepted

November 4, 2013


"How do you do" is a very strange phenomenon in English. You use it only when you meet someone for the first time - ever. (After that you use: "How are you?" etc.) But this is all very, very formal. Just don't use it to ask how someone is. Trivia of languages are so strange, no?

February 26, 2014


I believe "come sta" is used in formal situations where third person is used. "Come stai" directly means "how are you" and is more informal and common.

December 9, 2018


Come sta usted?

February 6, 2019
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