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How To Ask Questions In Italian

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Who is Carlo? Where is the train station? What time is it? Why do Italians talk with their hands? How do you make gnocchi? This How-To has quick, step-by-step instructions on how to ask the right questions in Italian.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 60 minutes

Here's How:

  1. In questions beginning with an interrogative word, the subject is usually placed at the end of the sentence. Quando guarda la TV Michele? - When does Michael watch TV?
  2. Chi? means Who? or Whom?
  3. To ask Which (one)? or Which (ones)? Use Quale? or Quali? (plural).
  4. Che? signifies What? or What kind of?
  5. If inquiring about How much? or How many? use Quanto/a/i/e?
  6. Come? means How?
  7. To ask Why? use Perché?
  8. Quando? (Che cosa è, cos'è) expresses English What is...? in a request for a definition or an explanation.
  9. Dove? means Where?

Tips:

  1. Che and cosa are abbreviated forms of che cosa. The forms are interchangeable.
  2. As with all adjectives, the interrogative adjectives agree in gender and number with the nouns they modify, except for che, which is invariable.
  3. Prepositions such as a, di, con, and per always precede the interrogative chi. In Italian, a question never ends with a preposition.
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