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Dear Lauren,  

I recently encountered the following wording:
l’errata collocazione

I have translated this as:
the incorrect positioning

Would you please tell me if this translation is correct or not?

I was also wondering why the adjective “errata” is placed before the noun “collocazione”.

Can you please tell me if the adjective “errato” is always placed before nouns?  

Thank you very much.



Hi Rich,

Yes it sounds to me like the translation would be 'the incorrect positioning.' However, without the exact context of the phrase, it is hard to say for sure.

'Errata' doesn't always have to be placed before a noun. In this case, the choice of putting an adjective before a noun puts specific emphasis on the fact that it is 'incorrect'. Although, in Italian it is correct to put the adjective at the end of the sentence (in most cases), sometimes you will find it before typically as a sign of poetic emphasis or special highlighting.

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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