Italian Language/prepositions

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Dear Maria,

Just to check my understanding, I need to ask you the following question about the use of prepositions.  I hope that you will not mind helping me with this question.

I have learned in the past that it is the verb used in the sentence that determines which preposition is used before a noun.  

But, I have also learned that there are some specific instances where a certain preposition is always used with a particular “category of noun”.  

For example:  The preposition “in” is always used to say “in”, “at”, or “to” before names of countries (in Italia = in, at, to Italy).  The preposition “in” is always used before names of Italian regions to say “in”, “at”, “to” (in  Piemonte = in, at, to Piemonte).

Would I therefore be correct in my understanding to say that -  although the verb used in the sentence usually determines which preposition is used before a noun   -    some categories of nouns (such as countries, regions, and others) must use a specific preposition regardless of the verb?

I very much appreciate your help with my questions about the use of Italian prepositions.

Thank you

Sincerely,

Rich

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Dear Rich,

your  understanding is correct as it is true that, although the verb used in the sentence usually determines which preposition is used before a noun, some categories of nouns (such as countries, regions, and others) must use a specific preposition regardless of the verb.

So, I am glad to have helped you with  your questions about the use of Italian prepositions.

Have a nice day,

Maria

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