Here’s number six in our series of ten new Italian grammar exercises at A2 (pre-intermediate) level.
Today’s topic is the Lei (polite) form of the imperative – that is to say, the form you need when you want to tell someone politely to do something – ‘Come in!’, ‘Take a seat!’ and so on.
It’s complicated a little by the fact that so many Italian verbs are used in the reflexive form (‘Sit yourself down!’).
But if you want to be courteous with officials and rich old ladies, you’ll need to get the hang of it.
Or, like me, you could just guess at the grammar, knowing that you’ll be forgiven because you’ve a foreign accent and a winning smile…
See other exercises at this level here.
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