Position of personal pronouns

In the past imperfect skill, there is a phrase which translates to 'He was offering' i.e. 'Offriva lui'.

Would 'Lui offriva' also be correct? Or even just 'Offriva'

If not, what are the rules about the position of a personal pronoun? When does it preceed the verb?and does it follow the verb?

January 26, 2015

1 Comment

Grammatically you don't need to use them at all, unless you want to clarify or emphasize who is actually the subject and in that case the usual place like English, is before the verb: Chi paga? Lui paga sempre. Vengono anche Carlo e Maria? Lui viene ma lei no.

But you can also put them after the verb for even greater emphasis: Chi paga oggi? Paghiamo noi! Vengono anche Carlo e Maria? Sì,Vengono anche loro.

Buona giornata!

January 26, 2015
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