Italian Language/use of "per"


Dear Lauren,
Can you please tell me if the following sentence is correct:

“Sei molto gentile per aiutarmi tanto.”
You are very kind to help me so much.

I am especially wondering if the preposition “per” needs to be included in this sentence.   Must "per" be included to express "intention"?

Thank you



Hi Rich,

Hope you have had a nice Easter.

To answer your question, yes, you are correct. The right way to express, "You are very kind to help me so much" is indeed "Sei molto gentile per aiutarmi tanto".

The preposition "per" is necessary in this sentence because it is helping to express intention. It also connects the two elements of the sentence together - why are you kind?...for having helped so much. If a similar question like this can be asked, then the chances are "per" must be used.

To give another example, "sei molto stanco per aver lavorato tanto" - why are you tired?...for having worked so much.

Hope this helps,
Kind regards,

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Lauren O' Hagan


Although not my mother tongue, I have spoken Italian fluently for more than 12 years so I am very confident to answer any questions about the Italian language. I am also competent in Roman Dialect if there are any questions relating to this.


MA Applied Linguistics First Class Honours in Modern Language Studies (Linguistics, Italian, Spanish) Received the top grade in the whole of UK for GCSE Italian, receiving a letter of congratulations from the Italian Consulate Completed my two-year A Level in 1 year with a grade A country. Carried out many translation jobs for a wide range of clients and topics including self-help, literature and exam papers. For personal reference, I have also translated Federico Moccia's Tre Metri Sopra Il Cielo and 2 of Francesco Totti's book.

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