Il Viaggio Verso L'Italia

Learning Italian, Phrase by Simple Phrase

October 12, 2017

Ha molte domande!

ha = he, she or it has, 3rd person singular present tense of avere, "to have"

molte = many, describing a plural feminine noun

domande = questions. The singular is domanda, "question"

He, she or it has many questions! One quirk of the English language is that in the 3rd person, the gender of the pronoun is distinctive. In Romance languages, although nouns, pronouns and their corresponding adjectives are gendered, verbs are not. For example, domanda is a feminine noun. To say, "good question" in Italian, one would say buona domanda, noting that "good subject" in Italian is buon argomento instead. To say specifically, "he has," the phrase is lui ha. To say specifically, "she has," the phrase is lei ha.

This is the continuation of a mini project, where for the next few days, I will use the same basic word in multiple forms, eventually completing the table of present tense conjugations. This week, it is avere, "to have."

I have ho    
you (s.) have hai    
s/he/it has ha