MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

901 views

How do I know when to write 'e' and when to write 'è'?

The distincion between 'è' (with an accent) and 'e' (without an accent) resides in the fact that the former is a verb, while the latter is a conjunction. 

'è' is thew third person singular of the verb to be

Lui è uno studente. (He is a student)

'e' is a conjunction, as in it links the parts of a sentence together

Io studio e vivo a Durham. (I study and live in Durham)

Once you spot the difference between the two, it's easy to choose one or the other depending on the context of a sentence. Just look at the sentence that you need to write: if there is already a verb, the is likely to have a conjunction function.

Io mangio _ vado a casa

In this sentence there are already two verbs (mangio, first person singular of mangiare - to eat - ; vado, first person singual of andare - to go - 

You will therefore write: 'Io mangio e vado a casa' (I eat and then go home)

Similarly, if you can't spot a verb in the sentence but you can spot an adjective, you will use è in its verbal form.

Il mio cane _ carino.

There is no verb in this sentence. However there is a subject (Il mio cane - my dog) and an adjective (carino - cute). You will therefore write:

Il mio cane è carino.

Simona F. A Level French tutor, A Level Italian tutor, GCSE Spanish t...

2 years ago

Answered by Simona, who tutored A Level Italian with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

25 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£24 /hr

Zahra S.

Degree: Modern and Medieval Languages (Bachelors) - Cambridge University

Subjects offered:Italian, Spanish+ 3 more

Italian
Spanish
French
-Personal Statements-
-Oxbridge Preparation-

“Hi! I'm Zahra and I'm currently studying French and Spanish at the University of Cambridge.”

£26 /hr

Michelangelo M.

Degree: MMath Mathematics with Placement (Masters) - Bath University

Subjects offered:Italian, Maths+ 4 more

Italian
Maths
Further Mathematics
Computing
.STEP.
.MAT.

“Mathematics student at the University of Bath, willing to help you love this subject and improve your grades.”

£26 /hr

Marcella M.

Degree: Psychology and neuroscience (Bachelors) - Cambridge University

Subjects offered:Italian, Psychology+ 4 more

Italian
Psychology
Extended Project Qualification
English Language
-Personal Statements-
-Oxbridge Preparation-

“Cambridge University student with a passion for learning and interested in making it enjoyable and productive for everyone!”

MyTutor guarantee

|  1 completed tutorial

About the author

Simona F.

Currently unavailable: for new students

Degree: International Studies (Masters) - Durham University

Subjects offered:Italian, Spanish+ 2 more

Italian
Spanish
Government and Politics
French

“Friendly and experience tutor from Durham University, ready to help you improve your grades.”

MyTutor guarantee

You may also like...

Other A Level Italian questions

Tips for A-Level Italian

What is the difference between the passato prossimo, the passato remoto and the imperfetto? - See more at: https://www.mytutorweb.co.uk/tutors/secure/ta-yourexplanations.html#sthash.IFYOERg2.dpuf

How to use the subjunctive after CREDERE (to believe)

When do I use the auxiliary verb "essere" and when "avere" in compound tenses?

View A Level Italian tutors

We use cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok