https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hectoglot

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.

July 1, 2015

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MABBY

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...

July 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JingF1

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.

July 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/acc.disattivato

www.accademiadellacrusca.it is the best and there is the English version too.

July 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vrait

For countries and cities.

Always use "in" for countries.

Always use "a" for cities.

July 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rafforza

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

good luck

July 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hectoglot

Grazie.

July 4, 2015
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