Grammar tip ita

Infinito Part 2 is an advanced grammar tip about a specific use of the Infinitive in Italian.

In Infinito Part 2 we are going to talk about the so called “Infinito sostantivato“.

This grammar tip comes after Infinito Part 1, where you can find other advanced uses of the Infinitive.

The Infinito Sostantivato is a verb in the Infinitive form which behaves like a noun: normally it is accompanied by an article or a combined preposition, but it can also be alone.

Let’s have a look at some examples!

Italian English
Tra il dire e il fare c’è di mezzo il mare. There is a big difference between words and deeds.
Mia madre è brava nel cucinare i piatti tradizionali. My mother is good at cooking traditional dishes.
Fumare fa male alla salute. Smoking is bad for your health.

In the first example, the Infinitive comes with an article, in the second with a combined preposition.

However, as the third example shows, sometimes these elements are not necessary.

Besides, some Infiniti Sostantivati, due to the very frequent use, became real nous. Have a look!

Italian English
Gli esseri viventi sono tutti ugualmente importanti. All the living being are equally important.
Il mangiare per domani è in frigo. The food for tomorrow is in the fridge.
È tuo dovere prederti cura dei tuoi genitori. It’s your duty to take care of your parents.

Why do we use this Infinitive?

Mostly we use it to compensate the lack of nouns that refer to actions and, in particular, to focus on the process of doing something.

Why don’t you write 3 examples with the Infinito Sostantivato? It will help you understand how useful it can be!

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