Italian Language/use of: "come"
My question is about the use of the subordinating conjunction - “come” in the following sentence:
“Conosco come inizia una conversazione.”
I know how he starts a conversation.
Can you please tell me if I am correct to think that “come” is being used as a “modale” subordinating conjunction meaning “how” in the above sentence.
If “yes, will you also please tell me if “come” will always translate as either “as” or “how” when used as a "modale" subordinating conjunction.
I also have a question about the use of “come” as an adverb.
Can you please tell me if “come” is classified as an adverb meaning “how” in the following sentence:
“Conosco come iniziare una conversazione.”
I know how to start a conversation.
Thank you very much. I very much appreciate your help.
the subordinating conjunction “come” in the sentence “Conosco come egli inizia una conversazione” is being used as a subordinating conjunction meaning “how”.
See for example:”Mi raccontò come era riuscito a ottenere il posto” (He told me how he had managed to get the job); “Ecco come sono andate le cose” (This is how things went ); “Tutto dipende da come tu consideri ciò” (It all depends on how you look at it ); “Ero inorridito nel sentire come sei stato trattato” (I was horrified to hear about how you had been treated); “Fammi sapere come è andata” ( let me know how it went ); “Dimmi come posso aiutarti”, etc. where subordinating conjunction “come” - meaning “how” /” in what way/manner”/” by what methods” - introduces an indirect clause.
When however the conjunction “come” is used to introduce a comparative clause of manner, as in “Non è ingenuo come sembra”( he isn’t as simple as he seems) or “Tutto è andato come speravamo” ( everything went as we’d hoped), it corresponds to the English “as”.
As for the use of “come” in “Conosco come iniziare una conversazione”(I know how to start a conversation), note that “come” is not classified as an adverb, but as a subordinating conjunction meaning “in what manner”.