Italian Language/use of "si usa"

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Dear Maria,

Would you please tell me if I am correct in thinking that “si usa”  in the following sentence is an example of the “impersonal si” and the transitive verb “usare”.

In conclusione, io credo che i tuoi dubbi nascano dal fatto che in Inglese si usa il plurale “mountains” più frequentemente del singolare “mountain”…

I was also wondering about the verb “usarsi”.  Can you please tell me if the verb usarsi is a reflexive verb or if usarsi is an intransitive pronominal verb and also the meaning of usarsi.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Rich

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Dear Rich,

in the sentence “In conclusione, io credo che i tuoi dubbi nascano dal fatto che in Inglese si usa il plurale “mountains” più frequentemente del singolare “mountain”… “ the verb  “si usa”  is not an example of the “impersonal si” and the transitive verb “usare”, but an example of the so-called “si passivante” (passive “si”) and the transitive verb “usare" just used as a passive form.

In fact, the passage  “si usa  il plurale “mountains” più frequentemente del..” stands for “è usato /viene usato il plurale... più frequentemente del...”, where the verb forms “è usato “ or “viene usato” are the present indicative, passive voice,3rd.person singular,  of the  verb “usare” whose subject is “il plurale".

To sum up, we have a “si passivante” ( passive si) when this passive “si” refers to the subject of the sentence as in e.g. “Si leggono molti libri” i.e. “Molti libri sono letti” (many books are read);”Si vendettero molti appartamenti” i.e. “Molti appartamenti furono venduti” (Many flats were sold); “Si eleggeranno i deputati”, i.e. “I deputati saranno eletti”, etc.where "libri", "appartamenti", "deputati" are the subject of their respective verbs "Si leggono", "Si vendettero", "Si eleggeranno".


As for the verb “usare”, it is a transitive verb as in “ Devi usare meglio il  tuo denaro,” (you must use better your money) where “denaro” is the direct object of the transitive verb “usare”.

Finally  the  reflexive verb “usarsi “  does not exist at all in Italian.

Best regards,
Maria

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