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Parts Of The Body In Italian

In Italian, there are many words which can confuse you and which also confuse Italian people. I'd like to talk to you about some of these, concerning body parts, which are:

Jan 19, 2015 12:00 AM
Comments · 19

This is a great article. I have a suggestion. And that is to put an asterisk (*) before any sentence that is wrong. This is commonly down in linguistic texts. For example, if

‘Sto muovendo entrambi i bracci’

is wrong, than write:

* ‘Sto muovendo entrambi i bracci’

That way it is easier to see that the sentence is incorrect, especially for fast readers who may be browsing the article...

April 13, 2015

Many of the strange forms for body parts are because many of the terms were originally neuter nouns in Latin, which were dropped for the most part from Romance languages. In Latin, the neuter plural always ends in -a-. for example, -bracchium> bracchia. Other Latin neuter body parts are:

-labrum-lip

-genu-knee

-os-bone

Vocabulary for body parts in Latin spans 5 different nouns groups and therefore a variety of possible plural endings. Body parts are common vocabulary, but when spoken by most people the plural forms were confusing and that is why they are all over the place in most Romance languages.

November 19, 2015

Thank you for the very useful article. What is the reason for the grammar going so awry over body parts?

May 12, 2015
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