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.
Time Required: 60 minutes
- 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?
- Chi? means Who? or Whom?
- To ask Which (one)? or Which (ones)? Use Quale? or Quali? (plural).
- Che? signifies What? or What kind of?
- If inquiring about How much? or How many? use Quanto/a/i/e?
- Come? means How?
- To ask Why? use Perché?
- Quando? (Che cosa è, cos'è) expresses English What is...? in a request for a definition or an explanation.
- Dove? means Where?
- Che and cosa are abbreviated forms of che cosa. The forms are interchangeable.
- As with all adjectives, the interrogative adjectives agree in gender and number with the nouns they modify, except for che, which is invariable.
- Prepositions such as a, di, con, and per always precede the interrogative chi. In Italian, a question never ends with a preposition.