Practising Italian Grammar: A Workbook


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Practising Italian Grammar; (PDF) offers a concise set of varied exercises for developing a greater practical awareness of the language. It is designed as a companion volume to A Reference Grammar of Modern Italian by Maiden and Robustelli; but it can also be used on its own by anyone wishing to enhance their proficiency in Italian. The workbook contains examples of authentic Italian from literary and journalistic extracts; and from colloquial usage. The exercises are graded in terms of difficulty. Level 1 – revision of essential points; Level 2 – intermediate exercises; Level 3 – advanced exercises.

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Alessia Bianchi, Clelia Boscolo, Stephen Harrison






238 pages






0340811447; 1138169277


9780340811443/ 9781138169272

Table of contents

Table of contents :
Half Title
Title Page
Copyright Page
Table of Contents
1 Spelling and pronunciation
1.1 Removal of final unstressed vowel
1.2 Punctuation
1.3 Hyphens and syllabification
1.4 Capital letters
2 Nouns and adjectives
2.1 General principles of plural formation
2.2 Nouns in masculine singular -o and feminine plural -a, double plurals
2.3 Irregularities in the plural root
2.4 The plural of compound nouns
2.5 Number mismatches between English and Italian
2.6 The gender of nouns
2.7 The gender of compound and other nouns
2.8 Meaning differences associated with gender
2.9 Ways of expressing ‘male’ and ‘female’
2.10 Gender and adjectives
2.11 The position of adjectives
2.12 The form and position of adjectives
2.13 The present participle
3 The articles
3.1 The definite article
3.2 The indefinite article
3.3 Use of the definite article
3.4 Special use of the definite and the indefinite article
4 Demonstratives
4.1 Forms of questo and quello
4.2 The demonstratives questo and quello as pronouns
4.3 Other demonstratives: costui, così, tale, qui, lì, qua, là
4.4 Demonstratives of identity: stesso, uguale
5 Personal pronouns
5.1 Subject pronouns
5.2 Forms of the clitic pronouns
5.3 Order of combinations of clitics
5.4 Using ecco, loro, lo; idioms with la
5.5 Using ci
5.6 The functions of ne
5.7 Revision: forms and position of clitic pronouns
5.8 The pronoun si as part of intransitive verbs
5.9 Use of si as reciprocal pronoun
5.10 Indefinite personal si
5.11 Passive si
5.12 Indefinite personal construction with reflexive or reciprocal verbs
5.13 Use of si in compound tenses
5.14 Use of si
6 Relative structures
6.1 Use of che
6.2 Che v. cui
6.3 Special uses of cui
6.4 Use of il quale
6.5 Using il che
6.6 Using cui as possessive
6.7 Using relative pronouns
6.8 Special uses of quale, quello che, ciò che, cosa che and quanto
6.9 Chi v. che
6.10 Using chiunque, qualunque/qualsiasi cosa in relative constructions
7 Interrogative structures
7.1 Chi? and che cosa?
7.2 Come? and perché?
7.3 Quale? and quanto?
7.4 Quale? and che/che cosa?
7.5 Dove? and quanto?
7.6 Reinforcement of question words; using niente and nessuno in questions
7.7 Structure of interrogative sentences
8 Indefinite, quantifier and negative pronouns and adjectives
8.1 Uno v. quello
8.2 Some indefinite pronouns and adjectives
8.3 Other indefinites
8.4 Using chiunque, qualunque/qualsiasi in indefinite constructions
8.5 Negative pronouns and adjectives
8.6 Using ogni, ciascuno, ognuno, l’uno
8.7 Using negatives
9 Possessives and related constructions
9.1 Differences in usage between English and Italian
9.2 Forms of the possessives
9.3 Possessive adjective + nouns denoting close relatives
9.4 Mia v. la mia
9.5 Ne v. suo/loro
9.6 Proprio and altrui
9.7 Further differences in usage between English and Italian
10 Prepositions
10.1 Structure and syntax of prepositions: a(d), di, etc.; davanti a, verso di, etc.
10.2 ‘Stranding’ of prepositions
10.3 The multivalent preposition di
10.4 The prepositions of location
10.5 Uses of the preposition da
10.6 Motion ‘to’
10.7 Motion ‘through’
10.8 Motion ‘from’
10.9 The prepositions a and per
10.10 Prepositions of exclusion and ‘concessive’ prepositions
10.11 Time prepositions
10.12 Use of prepositions
11 Numerals
11.1 The cardinal numbers
11.2 General properties of cardinal numbers
11.3 ‘Both’, ‘all three’, ‘another three’, etc.
11.4 Ordinal numbers
11.5 Collective and approximative numbers
11.6 Multiplicatives, percentages and distributives
11.7 Mathematical expressions
12 Adverbs and adverbial constructions
12.1 Adverbs in -mente
12.2 Adverbs identical to adjectives
12.3 Other forms of adverbs
12.4 Other ways of forming adverbial expressions
12.5 The position of adverbs
12.6 Adjective, pronoun, or adverb?
12.7 Phrasal verbs with adverbs of place
12.8 Time adverbs
12.9 Position and function of negative adverbs
13 Forms of the verb
13.1 Conjugations: regular verbs
13.2 Conjugations: major irregular verbs
13.3 Other irregular verbs
13.4 ‘Mixed’ conjugation verbs: compiere and verbs in -fare
13.5 Imperatives
13.6 Agreement of the verb with its subject
13.7 Which auxiliary: avere or essere?
13.8 Agreement of the past participle
13.9 Causative structures
13.10 The passive
14 Uses of the verb forms
14.1 Future and future perfect: forms and uses
14.2 The future-in-the past and the (past) conditional
14.3 The present and imperfect tenses as expressions of future time
14.4 Present and imperfect tenses after da
14.5 The use of trapassato prossimo and trapassato remoto
14.6 Imperfect v. passato remoto and passato prossimo
14.7 The passato remoto v. the passato prossimo
14.8 Revision: uses of the past tenses
14.9 The ‘progressive’
14.10 Meaning and syntax of the gerund
14.11 ‘Clausal’ use of the past participle
14.12 The infinitive as noun
14.13 Infinitive, gerund, or participle?
14.14 Translating the ‘-ing’ form
14.15 The subjunctive as ‘notion’
14.16 The subjunctive after conjunctions
14.17 The subjunctive in relative clauses
14.18 The subjunctive with impersonal expressions
14.19 Indirect questions
14.20 Equivalents of ‘will’, ‘would’, ‘shall’, ‘should’, ‘must’, ‘ought to’, etc.
14.21 Equivalents of ‘can’, ‘could’, ‘may’, ‘might’
15 Comparative, superlative and related constructions
15.1 Forming the comparative and superlative of adjectives and adverbs
15.2 Special forms of comparatives and superlatives
15.3 ‘Than’ in comparatives
15.4 The ‘elative’ ending -issimo
15.5 Comparisons of equality
15.6 Special comparative and superlative expressions
16 Aspects of sentence structure
16.1 Basic organization of declarative sentences
16.2 Left-marked word order
16.3 Cleft sentences
16.4 Right-marked word order
16.5 Subordinate clauses: using che and/or the infinitive
16.6 Adjectives as subordinate clauses
16.7 Adjective + preposition + infinitive
16.8 Other uses of the infinitive in subordinate clauses
16.9 Conditional sentences
17 Negative constructions
17.1 Negation with non
17.2 Using no, meno and mica
17.3 The type Nessuno viene v. Non viene nessuno
17.4 Non … più and other negative adverbs
18 Conjunctions and discourse markers
18.1 Co-ordinating conjunctions
18.2 Declarative and conclusive conjunctions
18.3 Causal and conclusive conjunctions
18.4 Conditional and concessive conjunctions
18.5 Time conjunctions
18.6 Discourse markers and interjections
19 Word derivation
19.1 Compounds and conversion
19.2 Prefixes and suffixes
19.3 Evaluative suffixes
20 Time expressions
20.1 Telling the time
20.2 Days, months, seasons, etc.
20.3 Expressions of frequency and time adjectives
21 Forms of address
21.1 Forms and syntax of pronouns and verb forms used in addressing someone
21.2 Uses of the address forms tu, Lei, voi, Ella, La Signoria Vostra, etc.
21.3 Salutations, titles and address forms: Ciao, bello! v. Buonasera, signore
Key to the exercises

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