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anche/neanche

Post by Annamaria » Mon Apr 18, 2005 8:24 pm

It may be difficult for English speakers to remember this because in English you must always use the personal pronoun because English doesn't conjugate verbs. In Italian, the pronouns are used to stress who is doing something.

With anche and neanche you must use the personal pronoun or you change the meaning of the sentence.

anch'io scriverò a loro OR scriverò a loro anch'io ; I too will write to them
anche lui ha una FIAT. He too has a FIAT
Vai anche tu? Are you coming as well?

"Scriverò anche a loro" means "I will write to them as well" (I have written to someone already and now I will write to them as well)

Compare these sentences:

Ti chiamerò alle otto.
Ti chiamerò io alle otto. (as a reply to (vorrei che ti chiami più tardi?))

Forse ho sbagliato io (Maybe I was the one making a mistake)
Forse ho sbagliato (Maybe I made a mistake)

Devo andarmene.
Anch'io (devo andarmene)

Maybe it will help if you remember this last sentence. In English you'd say
"Me too" if you gave the short answer, or you could say " I have to go myself".


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Re: anche/neanche

Post by Tom S. Fox » Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:04 pm

Annamaria wrote:
Mon Apr 18, 2005 8:24 pm
…in English you must always use the personal pronoun because English doesn't conjugate verbs.
Your assumption that languages that don’t conjugate its verbs according to person and number can’t be null-subject languages is entirely baseless and demonstrably wrong. Just look at Japanese.

In fact, you aren’t even correct about English — it does conjugate its verbs according to person and number:

I am
you are
he/she/it is
etc.

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