TOP Italian Mistakes – #11 – NOT USING AN ARTICLE WITH THESE VERBS

By Manu Venditti | All Levels

Nov 23

Italian Grammar: Using Articles with these Verbs!

A mistake many students of Italian make is to not use an article (definite or indefinite) with these verbs:

PRENDERE (to take)
AMARE (to love)
PIACERE (to like)
PREFERIRE (to prefer)

Thing is, in Italian you have to use an article before the object of the verb.

It is incorrect to say:
* PRENDO PIZZA

You have to say:
PRENDO LA PIZZA or PRENDO UNA PIZZA
I’ll have pizza or I’ll have a pizza

It is incorrect to say:
* PRENDO CORNETTO

You have to say:
PRENDO IL CORNETTO or PRENDO UN CORNETTO
I’ll have the croissant or I’ll have a croissant


Same with the verb AMARE. You have to use an article for the thing you love (unless it’s a person!):

It is incorrect to say:
* AMO ITALIA

You have to say:
AMO L’ITALIA
I love Italy

It is incorrect to say:
* AMO PIZZA

You have to say:
AMO LA PIZZA
I love pizza

It is incorrect to say:
* AMO SPORT

You have to say:
AMO LO SPORT
I love sports


PIACERE has the same requirement.

It is incorrect to say:
* MI PIACE PIZZA

You have to say:
MI PIACE LA PIZZA
I like pizza

It is incorrect to say:
* MI PIACE MUSICA ITALIANA

You have to say:
MI PIACE LA MUSICA ITALIANA
I like Italian music


And so does PREFERIRE.

You have to say:
PREFERISCO IL RISO
I prefer rice

PREFERISCO LA BIRRA
I prefer beer

 

 


From now on make an effort to say -EREI with the second E pronounced correctly (like the E in the English word EGG)

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