My Italian word of the day: della

I have set myself the challenge of translating the romanzo, ‘La forma dell’acqua‘ di Andrea Camilleri into English at the rate of a word a day.

La Parola del Giorno

La Parola del Giorno

The eighth word in the book is ‘della‘.  My dictionary gives this as:

della (prep & art) = of the, from the, about the

it is made up of two words:

di (prep) = of, from, about   (n.b. we have seen this word before)

la (art f) = the

When the definite article la is preceded by the preposition di the article and preposition is usually combined in one word della.

example:

uccelli della notte = birds of the night (night birds)

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The story so far

Original Text:

Lume d’alba non filtrava nel cortiglio della

Translation:

Dawn’s light was not filtering into the courtyard of the

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Vocabulary:

alba sf dawn, sunrise, daybreak
cortiglio sm courtyard
cortile sm courtyard
della prep & art of the, from the, about the
di , d’ prep of, from, about
filtrava vi & vt was filtering, filtered
filtrava is the 3rd personal singular imperfect indicative (3° persona singolare dell’indicativo imperfetto) of the verb filtrare
la luce filtrava dalla finestra = the light filtered in through the window
il art m the
in prep in, into
la art f the
lume sm light, lamp
nel prep & art in the, into the
non avv not
io non ho = I have not
Franco non ha = Frank has not

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Abbreviations:

art articolo article
avv avverbo adverb
f feminile feminine
m maschile masculine
prep preposizione preposition
sf sostinavo feminile feminine noun
sm sostinavo maschile masculine noun
vi verbo intransitivo intransitive verb
vt verbo transitivo transitive verb

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