https://www.duolingo.com/peter2108

"My father does not offer any of them."

July 28, 2013

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/peter2108

Should Mio padre non ne offre alcun be an alternative here? I think so.

Googling finds Se la storia ne offre alcun esempio , questo può attribuirsi all' indole del popolo (If history offers no example, this can be put down to the character of the people).

July 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Seresam

No, you can use "alcun" instead of "alcuno" if the word following "alcuno" begins with a vowel (like esempio in your sentence) or if it's used in poetry

July 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/peter2108

Interesting. My grammar book says that alcun/alcuno varies just like un/uno. So we have un esempio/alcun esempio and uno studente/alcuno studente. Thing is that should make alcun more common than alcuno. And it is in Google with 23M for alcun and 2M for alcuno. Are you sure that my version is wrong?

July 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Seresam

My mistake, the rules are exactly the same for un/uno.

July 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/peter2108

Well that is a relief! I hate pronouns ...

July 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/confusedbeetle

Slight puzzle, if father is not offering any of the things, plural should it not be alcune, or if it is the people he is not offering to that are plural, sounds a bit ambiguous

September 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/peter2108

It's obscure. I think you could just say Mio padre non offre nessuno di loro.

September 7, 2013
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