quell vs quello

When should you use which?

July 1, 2013


Remember when you first learned the difference between nell'/nello/nel? This is somewhat similar.

  • Quell'uomo mangia una mela/That man eats an apple.
  • Quello specchio è sporco/That mirror is dirty.
  • Quel pesce non è buono/That fish is not good.

You may also see it as a pronoun.

  • Chi è quello? Who is that?
  • Quella non mi piace/I do not like that one.
  • È quel che è/It is what it is.
July 2, 2013

Molto bene mukka! So where does quegli fall??

July 3, 2013

Edit: Thanks @ Viaggiatore :) No more speedy responses, I promise. Use quegli as an adjective and quelli as a pronoun.

July 3, 2013

How about quegli uomini?

July 3, 2013

ok so, can you give an example of it as a pronoun? To further clarify.

July 5, 2013

Sure. Just remember... in general adjectives come before nouns and pronouns do not.

Chi sono quelli? Quegli uomini sono gli avvocati. / Who are those (guys)? Those men are the lawyers.

Questi sono i tuoi fratelli? Questi sì ma quelli no. / Are these your brothers? These are but those are not.

Quelli come si chiamano? / What are those called?

Questi cani non sono come quelli. / These dogs are not like those.

Quelli ti piacciono? / Do you like those?

July 5, 2013
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