Have you been learning Italian in London for a while and just come across Combined Pronouns?

For example, in the sentence “Vorrei un gelato, me lo compri?”, “me lo” is a Combined Pronoun, which means an Indirect Pronoun (me) and a Direct Pronoun (lo) together. Literally, it means “I would like an ice cream, do you buy it to me?

So let’s see how to make Combined Pronouns!

MI me lo me la me li me le
TI te lo te la te li te le
GLI glielo gliela glieli gliele
CI ce lo ce la ce li ce le
VI ve lo ve la ve li ve le
GLI glielo gliela glieli gliele


As you can see, the Indirect Pronoun always precedes the Direct Pronoun and it changes -i in -e (mi becomes me).

Another feature that you may have noticed is that normally Combined Pronouns consist of two separate pronouns, made exception only for the third person singular and plural (es. glielo).

How can we use them? Here you have some good examples to learn more!

Italian English
Ho lasciato la mia borsa a casa tua, me la porti per favore? I left my bag at your place, can you bring it back to me please?
Non sa quando Anna andrà in vacanza, glielo chiederà domani. He doesn’t know when Anna is going on holiday, he will ask her tomorrow.
Ho dimenticato di darti le chiavi, te le do stasera. I forgot to give you the keys, I will give them to you tonight.


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