Part of speech

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Babudius
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Part of speech

Post by Babudius » Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:02 pm

I am just beginning in the study of Italian and have encountered a word I do not recognise. In the phrase " a chi devo darlo?" what part of speech is 'darlo'? I can't find it in in any conjugation of the verb 'dare' - to give. I will be very grateful for any help anyone can give me.

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Re: Part of speech

Post by Geoff » Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:54 pm

Darlo is the direct object pronoun lo (meaning "it" in this context) appended to the infinitive of the verb dare (to give).

So your sentence means "To whom do I have to give it?"

There is plenty of useful information about how Italian does pronouns in the "Lezioni Gratuite" section of this site.

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Re: Part of speech

Post by Babudius » Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:16 pm

Many thanks Geoff

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