Learning Italian, Phrase by Simple Phrase
October 10, 2017
Ho una domanda per te.
ho = I have, 1st person singular present tense of avere, "to have"
una = a, indefinite article for a singular feminine noun
domanda = question. The plural would be domande, "questions"
per = for
te = you, the object of a preposition, per in this case
I have a question for you. This is one of my most oft-used sentences for my Italian friends! I am sure that they are tired of this sentence by now, and the incessant odd domande and discussions that follow.
This is also an opportunity for me to start a bit of a mini project. In Italian and other Romance languages, I find that the verb endings can be a bit challenging, particularly for irregular verbs, and are best memorized. For the next six days, starting today, I will use the same basic words in multiple forms, eventually completing the table of present tense conjugations of avere, "to have."