My Italian word of the day: che


La Parola del Giorno

La Parola del Giorno

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.


The next word we shall look at is ‘che’.  My dictionary gives this as:

     che (pron)that


il libro che è sul tavolo = The book that is on the table.


The story so far

Original Text:

Lume d’alba non filtrava nel cortiglio della Splendor, la società che  .  .  .


Dawn’s light was not filtering into the courtyard of the Splendor, the company that .  .  .



alba sf dawn, sunrise, daybreak
che pron that
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
società sf company, firm, corporation, business



Imperfect Tense

The imperfect is a past tense used to express what someone was doing or what someone used to do or to describe something in the past. The imperfect refers particularly to something that continued over a period of time, as opposed to something that happened at a specific time.

Indicative mood:

The normal mood of a verb as in ‘I like’, ‘he came’, ‘we are trying’ as opposed to subjunctive, conditonal and imperative moods.

The indicative mood is the most common and is used to express facts and opinions or to make inquiries. Most of the statements you make or you read will be in the indicative mood.



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



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