Combined Prepositions in Italian

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The combined prepositions come from the union of a simple preposition and a definite article.

 

IlL’LoLa
DiDelDell’DelloDella
AAlAll’AlloAlla
DaDalDall’DalloDalla
InNelNell’NelloNella
SuSulSull’SulloSulla

 

IGliLe
DiDeiDegliDelle
AAiAgliAlle
DaDaiDagliDalle
InNeiNegliNelle
SuSuiSugliSulle

 

As you can see, the only prepositions that combine with the article are di, a, da , in and su.

Ex. Come arrivo dalla stazione all’albergo? (How can I get from the station to the hotel?)

       Il libro è nel cassetto (The book is in the drawer)

       Ieri sera ero a casa della mia amica (Yesterday evening I was at my friend’s place)

       Il computer è sulla tua scrivania (The computer is on your desk)

 

The simple prepositions con, per, tra and fra never do the same, so when we need to use the definite article they remain separate.

Ex. La banca si trova tra la stazione e l’albergo (The bank is between the station and the hotel)

       Sono venuto con la macchina (I came by car)


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