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Dear Maria,

Would you please tell me if I am correct in thinking that the pronoun “ti” is a “direct object” in the following sentence:

“Ti ho invitato per il dopocena.”

Would you also please tell me if I am correct in thinking that “ti” can be identified as a direct object because “ti”  answers the question “whom” as in – I invited whom?  I invited you (ti).

Thank you so much.  I still have some problems in differentiating between Italian direct object pronouns and Italian indirect object pronouns – so your answer will help me very much.

Very Sincerely,

Rich

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Dear Rich,

you are correct in thinking that the pronoun “ti” in the sentence “Ti ho invitato per il dopocena”  is a “direct object” .
Also, you are correct in thinking that “ti” can be identified as a direct object because “ti”  answers the question “whom” as in – “I invited whom?”  -“I invited you (ti)”.

Hope this can help you  in understanding the difference between Italian direct object pronouns and Italian indirect object pronouns, since a direct object  answers the question “whom” just as in  “I invited whom?”   and moreover,generally speaking, all the  Italian transitive verbs can have a direct object as in e.g. “Mangio (transitive verb) volentieri la frutta (direct object)”; “Leggo (transitive verb) un libro (direct object)”, “Ti (direct object) invito (transitive verb) volentieri”, etc.

Kind regards,

Maria

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