Understanding grammar will help you on your way to foreign language fluency. When learning the Italian language, it’s important to understand the role that the Italian partitive construction plays when using the language.
Partitives are something that English speakers take for granted. There are certain words that are understood, so you don’t have to say them, even when you mean them, like “any” or “some”. These words can be completely ignored without changing the meaning of the sentence – and in some cases adding them tends to emphasize more than anything else. These words are not optional in Italian. Leaving them out makes the sentence incomplete, or at least confusing.
On the plus side, “some” and “any” are represented by the same Italian word “di”. Unfortunately, you do have to learn different version of the word based on the gender, number, and the beginning letter of the noun that follows it, like we saw in the paragraph about prepositions and definitive articles.
|Singular masculine||del, dello, dell’|
|Singular feminine||della, dell’|
|Plural masculine||dei, degli|