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.
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.
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.
There's a nice video (with subtitles) that explains this subject quickly and simply: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2fRnW0iaSA
It is absolutely imperative to avoid the confusion between "ce" and "c'è" (as wrongly suggested in one of the comments).
Thanks everyone for your help. You guys rock!!!