Italian Impersonal and Reflexive Constructions
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Si mangia bene qui.
Si Impersonal marker (one, you, people, they)
Mangia Eats
Bene Well
Qui Here
Meaning: One eats well here.
Si parla italiano.
Si Impersonal marker (one, you, people, they)
Parla Speaks
Italiano Italian
Meaning: Italian is spoken.
Si vedono molte stelle.
Si Impersonal marker (one, you, people, they)
Vedono They see
Molte Many
Stelle Stars
Meaning: One sees many stars.
Si lava le mani.
Si Reflexive marker (himself, herself, itself)
Lava Washes
Le mani Hands
Meaning: He/She washes his/her hands.
Si guarda allo specchio.
Si Reflexive marker (himself, herself, itself)
Guarda Looks
Allo specchio In the mirror
Meaning: He/She looks at himself/herself in the mirror.
Si veste da solo.
Si Reflexive marker (himself, herself, itself)
Veste Dresses
Da solo By himself
Meaning: He dresses himself.
Se ne va.
Se Reflexive marker (himself, herself, itself)
Ne Away
Va Goes
Meaning: He/She leaves.
Se ne vedono molti.
Se Impersonal marker (one, you, people, they)
Ne Of them
Vedono They see
Molti Many
Meaning: Many of them are seen.
Se ne parla spesso.
Se Impersonal marker (one, you, people, they)
Ne About it
Parla Talks
Spesso Often
Meaning: It is often talked about.
Si sveglia presto.
Si Reflexive marker (himself, herself, itself)
Sveglia Wakes up
Presto Early
Meaning: He/She wakes up early.
Si trovano molte librerie.
Si Impersonal marker (one, you, people, they)
Trovano They find
Molte Many
Librerie Bookstores
Meaning: One finds many bookstores.
Se ne va in fretta.
Se Reflexive marker (himself, herself, itself)
Ne Away
Va Goes
In fretta Quickly
Meaning: He/She leaves quickly.