il verbo "Mancare"

Have a question about Italian grammar? Need a quick translation from Italian to English or vice versa? Post it here!
Post Reply
User avatar
ladybird
Posts: 1522
Joined: Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:55 pm
Location: London, England

il verbo "Mancare"

Post by ladybird » Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:32 pm

Ciao amici

Can anyone can give me some help with this?

How would I say "I miss her/him"?

I know that it comes from Mancare but I have not used this verb before.
I seem to remember reading that it has the same type of construction as Piacere.

I looked in the lessons section but I couldn't find anything, has anyone got a link I can use?

grazie
Life is for living and learning.

User avatar
Paolo
Posts: 14
Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2006 4:58 pm
Location: Montebelluna (TV), Italy

Post by Paolo » Wed Dec 27, 2006 5:51 pm

I miss her/him = (lui/lei) mi manca

Yes, constructions involving the verb mancare are similar to those with piacere (e.g. I like him/her = mi piace)
Here are some more examples to make it clearer:

Mi manchi = I miss you
Mi manchi da morire = I miss you desperately (hehehe)
Ti manco? = do you miss me?
Mi mancano i miei amici cinesi = I miss my Chinese buddies

Anyway be careful, mancare has also several other meanings in different contexts. E.g. It can also mean "to be short of", "to lack", "to be lacking/wanting in", etc.
Mi mancano i soldi per comprarlo = I lack the money/I haven't enough money to buy it
Gli manca il tempo per fare le cose che gli piacciono = he's short of time to do the things he'd like to do

... and so on. Unfortunately I don't know whether there is a link to this issue or not. Hope this helps anyway :D

User avatar
keithatengagedthinking
Posts: 1243
Joined: Fri Feb 18, 2005 11:04 pm
Location: Rome, Italy
Contact:

Post by keithatengagedthinking » Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:00 am

I wrote a little blog posting about the use of the verb, mancare.

It can be tough to learn, and, like the previous poster said, it is like piacere.

Here's the link to my post -- feel free to copy, correct, add to it, as you see fit. And, as always, if I made a mistake, please let me know :)

http://italian-language-lessons.blogspo ... g-for.html

User avatar
ladybird
Posts: 1522
Joined: Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:55 pm
Location: London, England

Post by ladybird » Fri Dec 29, 2006 4:18 pm

Grazie per l'aiuto ragazzi.

I will try and learn this, a bit difficult but I'll get there in the end. :)
Life is for living and learning.

Roby
Posts: 3850
Joined: Mon Nov 22, 2004 2:06 pm

Post by Roby » Sun Dec 31, 2006 11:18 am

Angela,

mancare:
Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali:
mancare (aver bisogno) v need

Additional Translations/Traduzioni aggiuntive:
mancare (a qualcuno) v be missed
mancare (di qualcosa) v lack
mancare (insufficiente) v come short
mancare (sbagliare, un appuntamento) v miss (fail)
mancare (insufficiente) v. in short supply

Compound Forms/Forme composte:
mancare a qualcuno be missed
mancare di be lacking
mancare di in want of
mancare di v lack in
mancare di fare v overlook (to omit doing)
mancare di rispetto v slight
mancare il bersaglio v overshoot (miss the target)
mancare il punto beg the question
venire a mancare run out


Piacere and Mancare have similar construction
Mi piace la polenta = I like polenta (Polenta is pleasing to me.)
A Mario piace il calcio = Mario likes soccer/football (Soccer/football is pleasing to Mario.)

A me piace la musica techno. A mio fratello no

La musica techno piace a me ma non a mio fratello


Italia mi manca = I miss Italia(Italia is missing to me.)
La ragazza ti manca = You miss the girl (The girl is missing to you.)

Italia mi manca " and " Mi manca Italia" . They are interchangeable.

Roby

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests