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

"I have my father's surname."

June 8, 2013

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

Is "di" "de + il"?


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

No. "di" is a preposition which most of the time translates to "of" but like other preposition its meaning varies.

"del = di + il = of the" Queste sono le regole del gioco. / These are the rules of the game.


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

The grammar is still giving me problems. Is there a simple way to explain why "Ho il mio padre cognome." is not a correct Italian translation? Grazie!


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

i though that putting an article before an informal "padre" was appropriate based on comments by moderators. if that's the case, then should not "del" be accepted as well?

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