L12: ADVERBIAL PHRASES: PART 3 – THE ABSOLUTE SUPERLATIVE

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L12: ADVERBIAL PHRASES: PART 3 – THE ABSOLUTE SUPERLATIVE

Postby Peter » Tue May 21, 2013 12:27 pm

L12: ADVERBIAL PHRASES: PART 3 – THE ABSOLUTE SUPERLATIVE
(Frasi avverbiali: Parte Tre – Il Superlativo Assoluto)


In the first two Parts of Lesson 12 we looked at the Comparative and Relative Superlative forms of Adverbial Phrases. In this third Part, we look at the Absolute Superlative form. Remember that an Absolute Superlative is not used to make a comparison, but rather to make a statement, eg Anna works very studiously, without any reference to anyone or anything else.

Absolute Superlative

In Italian, an adverbial phrase consists of a preposition and a noun, so when you use the absolute superlative you need to use adjectives such as moltissimo, tantissimo, pochissimo, to modify the noun. So remember that the adjective has to take the same gender as the noun.

Examples:

Anna works very studiously
Anna lavora con tantissima diligenza

But Sabrina works very carelessly
Ma Sabrina lavora prestando pochissima attenzione

James very gladly took Anita home
Giacomo ha portato Anita a casa con moltissimo piacere

They waited very anxiously for news about their loved ones who had been involved in the crash
Aspettavano con moltissima ansia le notizie dei loro cari, che erano stati coinvolti nell’incidente

I heard about Robert’s death with great sadness
Ho appreso della morte di Roberto con grande tristezza

Very sadly, because of a serious injury, Arthur had to give up playing cricket
Con grande tristezza, a causa di un grave infortunio, Arturo dovette smettere di giocare a cricket

Although he is generally a very confident person, Adrian spoke very nervously when he addressed the other candidates
Sebbene sia generalmente una persona molto sicura di sé, Adriano parlò in una maniera moltissima nervosa quando si è rivolto agli altri candidati (literally: in a very nervous manner)


Filippo behaved very strangely
Filippo si è comportato in modo molto strano (literally: in a very strange way)

Daniele always expresses himself very inelegantly
Daniele si esprime sempre con pocchissima eleganza
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Reason: Corrections suggested by a native speaker (DT)

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