"We never use the sugar."
Translation:Non usiamo mai lo zucchero.
edit: It seems "mai" can be placed before the verb in order to give it more expressive power. For details check my post to Ariaflame
Since "mai" is an adverb it generally goes after the verb it is modifying. Non + verb + mai
more about adverb placement : http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare139a.htm
note: If it you have compound tense (like passato prossimo) "mai" is one of the adverbs that are usually placed between auxiliary verb and participle (but it can also be placed after the participle):
Non + auxillary verb + mai + participle ( Non abbiamo mai usato lo zucchero / We have never used sugar. )
Thank you for your post. After searching for a while I found the answer but I hope someone else will confirm this information: Generally when an adverb modifies the verb it goes after it, but when placed before the verb it gives the verb more expressive power. (http://grammatica-italiana.dossier.net/grammatica-italiana-11.htm under l'uso dell'avverbio)
Also it seems that the article I posted before from "Italian about" isn't completely accurate. Sorry guys I usually check at least two sources in order to verify the information.
Affatto, ancora, mai, neanche, neppure, nemmeno and più can go either between the helper (auxiliary) and participle or after the participle. sources:
- http://www.zanichellibenvenuti.it/wordpress/?p=2072 (under la posizione dell'avverbio)
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