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Chris Platamone


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I can answer all basic to advanced grammar questions. Italian is not my native tongue, but I have an excellent handle on all things grammatical and can help people bridge the gap between English and Italian by teaching Italian grammar from the English-speaker's point of view.

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I attended school in Florence, Italy for 1 and a half years.


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I have published a translation of a short story in an anthology of Italian women writers, and I have had a letter published on the web site of Italian journalist Beppe Severgnini.


Bachelor's degree, Italian language and literature, San Francisco State University, 1984. Secondary Teaching Credential, San Francisco State University, 1990.

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I have taught hundreds of students in both high school and adult education classes over the past 18 years.

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Recent Answers from Chris Platamone

2015-11-27 Differences/similarities: Direct/Indirect objects:

Hi Chris,  I went back to my answer to Liz about 4 years ago to see how I explained the grammatical structure of object pronouns to her and I think it's pretty thorough. I'm sure you have seen these charts

2015-09-30 gerund, reflexive verbs:

Ciao Dan,  You understand that the gerund is equivalent to the "ing" form in English. When you add the endings that you mentioned above, the action becomes either directed at a person (mi, ti) or persons

2015-06-10 Italian:

Natia,sorry for the delay in answering you; here are a few corrections--compare with your original:      Sono andato al centro commerciale per incontrare il mio amico. Quando sono arrivato al centro commerciale

2015-02-12 Help with meaning and pronunciation:

Beth, what you are referring to is "Sparisci!"  Pronounce it "Spa-reeshee".  It means literally "Disappear!" so yes, it is about the same level of rudeness as it's English counterparts like Beat it or

2015-01-09 Translation question:

Sebastian, your English has many errors also but I can clean up the Italian for you:    Oggi voglio raccontare della mia grande passione, cioe' lo snooker. Questo una specie di  biliardo che molto


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