Day 108 of My Italian Learning Journal*
I came across the Italian word "ne" recently. So, I surfed the web for some tips. For such a small word, there is a lot of discussion about "ne." On youtube.com I did find useful content at italymadeeasy.com by "Manu." The topic of "ne" is a four-part series no less. This small word is going to take some studying.
- "Ne" can be used when talking about the quantity of something which has already been mentioned.
Q: Quanti caffè bevi al giorno? A: Di solito ne bevo tre. Ne refers to "coffee."
- "Ne" can substitute a noun or a pronoun which is preceded by the preposition "di."
Q: Avete degli amici italiani? A: No, non ne abbiamo. Ne substitues for "some friends."
Even though I am grasping a fundamental understanding of the uses of "ne" it looks like I'll have to view the videos several times. What I do get at this time is the importance of not omitting "ne" in order to communicate clearly and fluently. My hobby of learning Italian is work at times . . . but I am determined to get better each day . . . anche se con piccoli passi.
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*Note: This is my personal journal of daily practice in learning Italian. I welcome Italian grammar corrections. Grazie.