Friday, October 12, 2007

Dimmi!

Tell me! Pronounced: “dee-mee”. This is a common expression you hear when entering a shop. It’s an informal way of saying “tell me what you want.” It’s an imperative form of the verb “dire” with a indirect pronoun attached to the end. Similarly, “give me” is “dammi”. “Stay quiet” in the singular, second person (you) form is “Sta’ zitto”. My grandfather use to say “State zitti” which means “you {plural} be quiet”.

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