What does the Italian “NE” mean?
Posted by Monica Corrias on December 1, 2009
Italian language teacher with many years of experience here for your Italian lessons.
Some students have a lot of troubles with the Italian “CI” and “NE”. Today I’ll tell you about “NE”. To understand the “CI” look at here!
What does the Italian “NE” mean? Can I omit it?
In Italian it has several different meanings. The “NE” is absolutely necessary and I cannot omit it!
First of all, as you probably know, “NE” is a pronoun and we used it with quantities (“some”, “any”, “a little” or a number and can also mean “of that or of them”). Careful: we use it to avoid repeating the name that we have already mentioned therefore you cannot leave it.
- Avete degli amici italiani? = Have you got any Italian friends?
No, non ne abbiamo = No, we haven’t (of them). Ne replaces “of friends”
- Vorrei un bottiglia d’acqua … ne ha una più piccola? = I’d like a bottle of water, do you have a smaller one (of it)? Ne replaces “one/a bottle”
- Luca ha un cane = Luca has a dog
Io ne ho due = I have two of them. Ne replaces “two dogs”
- Le forchette non bastano, dammene delle altre = There aren’t enough forks, give me some more (of them). Ne replaces “more forks”
- Vorrei del prosciutto crudo = I’d like some prosciutto
Mi dispiace, non ce n’è più = I’m sorry, there isn’t any left (of it)
- Ho una nuova macchina = I’ve a new car
Ne vorrei una anch’io! = I’d like a new one too (a/one car) [read more]