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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

2016-10-30 Trapassato:

Christine, I don't see any real difference between the Italian trapassato prossimo and the past perfect (had, etc.) form in English.It's definitely used when two actions occur in the past at different

2016-10-27 Trapassato and Imperfetto:

Ciao Christine,  You should focus on the timeline rather than the actions. The trapassato prossimo in Italian and past perfect in English are used in the same way as far as timing is concerned.  Loro erano

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


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