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Avery Nichols
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Mar 26, 2012 at 5:32am

I am having a hard time at telling when I should use andati vs andate or stati vs state when they are used in a sentence. For example: Noi siamo andati al negozio/ Noi siamo andata al negozio/ Noi siamo andate(p) al negozio. What is a clear way of telling when to use the feminine form of andata or stata vs the feminine plural form of andate or state in a sentence.

Dennis Cantoni
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North East, PA
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Mar 26, 2012 at 6:55pm

Avery, the feminine form is used when the subject or subjects are feminine. If they are mixed, then the masculine form is used. So Noi siamo andati al negozio would indicate that all male or mixed group went to the store. Where Noi siamo andate would indicate that only females went to the store. You wouldn't use Noi siamo andata because andata implies singular. So it should be pretty easy to determine when to use feminine forms.

Leo
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Mar 27, 2012 at 11:30am

Just to add at what Dennis said, "Noi siamo andata" should be "Io sono andata" because it is, as he said, singular. Keep up the good work at learning Italian!

Avery Nichols
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Mar 28, 2012 at 8:11pm

Thank Dennis and Leo. That helped me out a lot? And I will Leo, I am really enjoying the journey into another culture that is rich and full of discoveries.

Leo
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Miami, FL
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Mar 29, 2012 at 11:06am

Certo! In bocca al lupo!: )

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