Preposizioni articolate

Combine Simple Prepositions with Articles

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Prepositions are essential to learning to communicate in Italian because we use these words in everyday conversation.


Sometimes we can’t use simple prepositions but we need PREPOSITIONS combined with articles: PREPOSIZIONI ARTICOLATE.

The preposizioni articolate are used instead of the preposizioni semplici when the preposition is followed by a definite article.




To use articulate prepositions correctly you need to know:

–> which simple preposition we can use

–> if the name needs or not an article


Il libro di Carlo -> the book of Carlo

Here we use a simple preposition because “Carlo” it’s a person name.

Il libro dell’insegnante -> the book of the teacher

Here we use a simple preposition (di) with an article (l’)because “insegnante” is a common name.
More examples:


With Articles

Without Articles

all’insegnante (a+ l’)

generally with common names

agli studenti (a + gli)

generally with plural names

alla scuola (a + la)

specifying which particular school so to give specific information

alle 9 (a + le)

with numbers: hours, years, percentage

a mio fratello

with possessive adjectives + name of relatives  in the singular)

a Maria

with the first name

a Roma

with city names


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