Today’s grammar exercise is on ‘si spersonalizzante’, which I guess you could translate as something like “de-personalizing ‘si'”.
You can try it here.
While I know what it means, and even how to spell it, I admit I made a complete mess of this one.
Just seven out of twelve at first try, little better than random given that there are only two choices for each question.
So I went looking for an explanation in our Grammar Index where, scrolling down in the alphabetical list to ‘si’, I found this:
- “si” spersonalizzante (Lesson – B2)
These lessons were written by Daniele (with an -e, not me), the guy that did our Italian Workout series of self-study ebooks, which was several years ago now.
His English was a bit dodgy, but he more than made up for it in enthusiasm and brightly-colored fonts. Usually these lessons are a good place to start if you hit something you’ve not seen before, or like me, can’t understand at all.
Clicking on the lesson, I started to read:
With this kind of construction we can express a general meaning by a sentence without any reference to the subject of the action described. According to this mechanism, the implicit subject of the sentence would be la gente, le persone, qualcuno, uno.
We have to follow some rules to make this “spersonalizzazione” possible:
And that was enough for me. Bah, rules! No thanks.
Which I guess is why I didn’t do very well on the exercise. But as I tell me children sometimes,
“Don’t do what I do, kids, do what I say!”
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