Preposition DI – An introduction

Preposition DI – An introduction


>>Welcome to “La preposizione D”. In this introduction we’ll see just a little part of the preposition D, but we will see deeper in the future of the course. But now it is important, because La preposizione DI is used in one of the sentences that we are saying which is “Io sono di Trieste”. Right? Saying that, I am expressing that I belong to Trieste, not that I’m from Trieste. In DI there’s nothing that expressed that proceeding, the fact that I come from a place physically. Right? But instead, we express where we belong. In fact, preposition DI indicate always a relationship of ownership, but in any way a relationship between two entities. And so we could represent it in this way, like the little entities here that is a part or your relationship with a bigger entity, bigger category if you want. So in the same way, I am the little entity, the little ball here that is part of the big entity which is the City of Trieste in this, in this case. And we will see that there are many situations like, for example, we use it to put in relationship, an entity with the owner, like “La borsa di Antonella”. We express that that’s the ownership. So the bag of Antonella bag. Right? So Antonella is the owner of the bag. Or “I freni della macchina”, the brakes of the car. So the brakes. It’s the little part, the little entity. And the car is the bigger entity where the brakes belong, okay? So this is just a little introduction, just to give you an idea. But I think it will be very important, because prepositions are often very difficult to master in a foreign language. And I think it’s good if we start well with a very clear idea of what we’re doing and the fact that the English sentence “I am from Trieste” is not really translatable word by word in Italian. Otherwise you would translate it [foreign words]. Okay? So this is very important. It’s very important to understand that we express a different kind of information in this situation where it’s more that we say where we belong instead of where we are from. So, okay? So if you have any questions, please let me know. But this was a brief introduction of the Preposition DI.

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