Italian Language/"essercene"

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Dear Maria,

Would you please tell me the meaning of “essercene” as in “essercene abbastanza”.

Is “essercene” some type of verb form?


Thank you very, very much.

Sincerely,

Rich

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Dear Rich,

the literal meaning of “essercene” as in “essercene abbastanza” is “to be there” (essercene)  and “to be there  enough” (essercene abbastanza).

See for example:”Puň essercene abbastanza per tutti loro” (It can be there enough for all of them);“Non ce n’č abbastanza per il pranzo” (There isn't enough for lunch); "Non ce n'č abbastanza qui per aiutare nessuno” (There isn't enough here to help anybody).

Please note that “essercene” in “essercene abbastanza”  is the present infinitive of “essere” (to be)  + the adverb of place “ce” (there) + the pronoun “ne” (of it).

Apropos of  the use of the adverb “ce” and the pronoun “ne” with the verb “essere”, see the following examples: “Ce ne sono sei” (There are six of them); “Ce n’erano molti altri” (there were many of those);"Non ne sono sicuro “ (I’m not sure about that); “Non ce n'era abbastanza” (There was not enough of it).

Best regards,

Maria

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