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Italian Verb Servire

How to Use the Italian Verb Servire

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In Italian there are several ways to express the concept of serving or helping oneself. The verb servire means "to serve": Il cameriere serve il caffè ai clienti. (The waiter serves coffee to the customers.)

The phrase servirsi da, which literally means "to serve oneself" refers to the concept of helping oneself: Grazie lo stesso; ci serviamo da soli. (Thank you anyway; we'll serve (help) ourselves.)

The phrase servirsi di means "to use" or "to avail oneself of": Per adesso mi servo di questi libri. (For now I use these books)

And finally, the phrase non servire a nulla means "to be of no use": Queste cose non servono a nulla. (These things are useless.)

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