How to use the Italian direct object pronouns

How to use the Italian direct object pronouns

The Italian direct object pronouns replace a direct object, which comes straight after a verb, with no preposition in the middle.

They generally go before a verb, following this order:

 

direct object pronoun + verb

 

We use them with verbs that need a direct object, for example:

  • chiamare (to call)
  • conoscere (to know)
  • seguire (to follow)
  • ascoltare (to listen to)
  • mangiare (to eat)
  • bere (to drink)

 

… and many more.

 

As you can see, verbs that need an indirect object in English, need a direct object in Italian. In this case, what you can do is to not focus too much on the English structure and try and think in an “Italian way”.

 

In this video lesson you’re going to see which are the Italian direct object pronouns and how to use them.

 

You’re going to see a few examples taken from real-life situations that you can use in your everyday life.

 

HOW TO USE THE ITALIAN DIRECT OBJECT PRONOUNS

 

 

LET’S PLAY

 

Here you have a matching game.

The sentences on the left have a direct object pronouns, while the sentences on the right don’t.

Which sentence from the left can you use to say the exact same thing of the sentences on the right?

 

 

 

Here are the examples we used in the video lesson:

 

Mia sorella mi chiama tutte le mattine alle 8.

Non mi ascolti mai!

Non ti sento.

Ti chiamo dopo.

Ho un biglietto per l’opera. Lo vuoi?

Non lo so.

Mangi la pizza? Sì, la mangio spesso.

Vuoi un po’ di frutta? No, grazie. Non la mangio mai.

Alessia non ci invita mai alle sue feste.

Monica ci chiama domani.

Vi avviso quando arrivo.

Vi seguo sempre.

Odio gli amici di Luca. Non li sopporto.

Conosci Tommaso e Roberto? No, non li conosco.

Adoro le fragole. Le compro sempre.

Quando vedi Chiara e Laura? Le vedo domani.

Gloria Spagnoli
Gloria Spagnoli
I help beginners of Italian take their first steps, speak from day one and learn Italian at their pace and by having fun.