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How does the Imperativo Informale with pronouns work in Italian?

When we use the Imperativo Informale with pronouns we have to be careful to the pronouns’position.

With pronouns we mean Pronomi Diretti, Pronomi Indiretti and Pronomi Combinati.

First of all let’s have a look at the Positive Imperative.

When we use the positive form of the Imperativo Informale (used to order/suggest what to do), we put pronouns together with the verb.

In this case, pronouns go after the verb.

Let’s see some examples.

Italian English
Ho finito il latte, compralo per favore! I ran out of milk, buy it please!
La pasta è pronta, mangiatela! Pasta is ready, eat it!
Dimmi cosa è successo ieri. Tell me what happened yesterday.
Dalle il giornale per favore. Give her the newspaper please.


You might have noticed that in the third and fourth example the pronoun doubles the consonant.

This happens with direandare, fare, dare, stare when they combine with all the pronouns made exception for “gli” (for example “dagli” or “digli“).

And now the Negative Imperative!

When we use the negative form of the Imperativo Informale (to order/suggest not to do something) the position of the pronoun can vary.

Here you have some examples to go through.

Italian English
La frutta in quel negozio non è buona, non la comprare. The fruit in that shop is not good, don’t buy it.
Quel libro è molto noioso, non leggetelo. That book is very boring, don’t read it.
Questo vino è cattivo, non berlo. This wine is bad, don’t drink it.
Anna farà tardi, non la aspettate. Anna will be late, don’t wait for her.


As you can see in the examples above, the pronoun can be put between “non” and the verb or together with the verb (at the end).

So now you can try to make some suggestions to use the Imperativo Informale with pronouns!

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