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Ce l’ho, Non ce l’ho.

Could someone please please please explain to me :

Ce l’ho, Non ce l’ho.


Hai una matita?  

Sì, ce l’ho.  OR        No, non ce l’ho.

What is up with the "ce"?????

Can't I respond:  "Sì, l'ho."  OR "No, non l'ho." - Does the word "ce" mean something in this case?  Is it emphatic?  Please help.

Please???? Someone explain so I can understand.  

Sep 2, 2016 8:58 PM
Comments · 5

Hi Diana!

Don't worry, the word "ce" in this case needs just to give more emphasis to the subject. 

You can choose whether to use it. 

In Italy we are accustomed to use it frequently.

September 2, 2016

When you use the particle "ci" with the verb "to have" it reinforces possession a property when it refers to an object already named, like in your example.

The "ci" participle used behind "lo, la, li, le" becomes "ce". Moreover, when the pronouns "lo, la" preced words that start with a vowel or with H+vowel they get the apostrophe exactly like "Si ce l'ho/Non ce l'ho".
September 2, 2016

There's a nice video (with subtitles) that explains this subject quickly and simply:

It is absolutely imperative to avoid the confusion between "ce" and "c'è" (as wrongly suggested in one of the comments).

September 3, 2016

Thanks everyone for your help.  You guys rock!!!


September 2, 2016
C'è ( you must write it with an apostrophe and an accent mark ) is a decreasde form for ci è ( there is ). It's a slang form, you can not say it in your example.
September 2, 2016
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