Difference between di, da, in, and a?
I don't understand when to use each one. If you could explain the differences or point me to a good website on this, that would be great.
Thanks in advance.
Just when you think you know, something comes along and changes it.
In general, di is "of", da is "from", in is "in", and a is "to".
But there are exceptions to all of those. Like when in means "in the", when you swore that you should use nel...
Yeah, the "in = in the" thing is so confusing. Italian uses "the" far more than English, but in some cases where you think there obviously should be a "the", they don't use it. For example, in cucina = in the kitchen, in piscina = in the pool.
For countries and cities.
Always use "in" for countries.
Always use "a" for cities.
Mabby et al. are right but also Prepositions are one of the hardest things to learn in a language because there isn't a high degree of rhyme or reason to how they're allocated. A lot of it is idiomatic.
Here's a really useful resource that lists all verbs with the prepositions they go with. http://italian.about.com/od/verbs/a/aa031908a.htm