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"È perché ora stai benissimo?"

This sentence is directed to a female.

1 )Why "benissimo" instead of "benissima"?
2) Is "benissimo" the adjective in this sentence? If so, there is no objective word?

For learning: Italian
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    I think it is because "benissimo" is an adverb, so it does not change grammatical genders to agree with the person you are talking to. "Benissimo" modifies "stai" rather than "tu."

    Stai bene --> you are well. (bene is an adverb that means "well.")
    Stai benissimo --> you are very well. (benissimo means "very well" and is still an adverb).

    Since adverbs do not change genders, you say "stai benissimo" even to a woman.

    Perchè benissimo non è un aggettivo ma un avverbio, quindi non cambia sia se è rivolto ad un maschio/femmina sia se fa riferimento a un nome singolare/plurale.


    /bene/ is a noun or an adverb, but never both at the same time.
    If you want to increase bene.noun (in singular), you should use 'molto bene'
    If you want to increase bene.noun (in plural), you should use 'molti beni'
    If you want to increase bene.adverb, you may use
    'molto bene' or 'benissimo' (still I prefer 'molto bene').

    1) A vuole bene a B. (A, B are names of persons)
    2) (ok) A vuole molto bene a B.
    3) (WRONG!) A vuole benissimo a B.

    4) Giovanni ha dei beni in Francia. (beni = valuable properties, homes, lands,
    4) Giovanni ha molti beni in Francia.

    5a) Come stai adesso ? (dopo una malattia)
    5b) {+Molto bene, benissimo}, grazie, sono guarito completamente,
    se ti va possiamo anche fare una partita a tennis. E tu come stai?

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