Italianisms in English (Part 2)

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Italian speakers bring their own unique “quirks” to the English language, based on the structure and logic of the Italian language. The same is true for English speakers learning Italian, or for French people learning Spanish, or for anyone learning any language!

This is because, when we learn a new language, we tend to translate directly from our native language, which doesn’t always work.

Check out the part 1

In this quiz, you’ll discover more common “Italianisms”. Can you transform them into correct English phrases?Again, don’t worry if you make mistakes as you go: mistakes are how we learn!

Italianisms in English | Quiz 2

Choose the correct answer.

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Marked and unmarked Adjectives of measurement

Adjectives are one of the fundamental pieces of grammar in the English language, and surely you must be thinking that you have mastered them by now. However, adjectives can come in many different forms. In this blog post, we will be discussing some adjectives of measurement, specifically marked and unmarked forms.

Adjectives of measurement? Tall and short, right? YES, this is an example of adjectives of measurement. Here are some others:

– Old/Young
– Heavy/Light
– Fast/Slow

The word that is used for the bigger end of the spectrum can also be used to talk about the quality of something in general. We call these unmarked.

Examples:

She is very tall while he is very short – this is marked (as we know what the adjectives are describing.)
How tall are you – this is unmarked (in general – we would not say ‘how short are you’)
Lead is one of the heaviest metals (marked)
Scales measure how heavy something is (they don’t measure how light something is).
The worst thing about The Batman was its length (marked)
What is the length of that table (unmarked- not ‘what is the shortness’)?

Now that you have seen some examples of marked and unmarked adjectives of measurement, let’s test your knowledge with a quiz.

Marked and unmarked adjectives

Can you rewrite these sentences using unmarked adjectives?

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Italianisms in English (Part 1)

Good morning! Good afternoon! Good evening! It’s always a good time to learn English. At Scrambled Eggs English School of Milan we are always ready to serve up some English goodness, so crack open that shell of procrastination with your spoon of determination and tuck into our yolky exercises. Today we’re talking “italianisms”.

Italian speakers bring their own unique “quirks” to the English language, based on the structure and logic of the Italian language. The same is true for English speakers learning Italian, or for French people learning Spanish, or for anyone learning any language!

This is because, when we learn a new language, we tend to translate directly from our native language, which doesn’t always work.

In this quiz, you’ll see some common “Italianisms”. Can you transform them into correct English phrases? Don’t worry if you make mistakes: mistakes are how we learn!

Italianisms in English | Quiz 1

Choose the correct answer.

 

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