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In what context is it correct to say 'io sono'?

Sometimes i see it being used and other times it is not.... it has left me confused about when I should use it to say 'I am..'

For learning: Italian
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    We usually use the pronoun "I" before "am" when we mean "unlike you, I'm..." and when we want to stress our opinion about something. For example "Unlike Tom, I agree with him", " A differenza di Tom, io sono d'accordo con lui".


    Verb to be is verbo essere

    Io sono
    Tu sei
    lui/lei è
    Noi siamo
    Voi siete
    Loro sono


    I found this podcast which helps explain the usage a little:

    Page 5 on the pdf gives some good pointers.


    In genere non usiamo /io/, in quanto le voci verbali in italiano
    insieme alla declinazione dell'aggettivo,
    portano (quasi sempre) al soggetto in modo univoco;
    ad esempio, se dici
    -- sono stanca (il soggetto e` 'io')
    -- sono stanchi (i soggetto e` 'loro'), anche se in questo caso il soggetto in genere si usa.

    Hmmm, we explicitly use the verb "essere" (including "io sono") most of the times (in every person, tense and mood)... at the moment the only case coming to my mind where we don't use "io sono" is when you answer to direct questions (but also indirect ones) like "who are you? (chi sei?)" or "where are you (dove sei?)?". In these cases you could say: "io sono adrienne" or "adrienne"; "io sono a casa" or "a casa".

    Do you remember some sentences where you didn't find "io sono" being used so I could be more precise?

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