Italian Language/word placement

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Dear Lauren,

Would you please help me with the placement of the adjective “eccellente”.  

I was wondering if there exist any hard and fast rules about whether or not “eccellente” should be placed before or after the noun it modifies.

For example – does it matter if I say - “aiuto eccellente” (excellent help) or if I say - “eccellente aiuto” (excellent help)?

Is it possible that this placement (before or after the noun it modifies) comes down to the personal preference of the speaker/writer?

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Rich

Answer
Hi Rich,

Thanks for your question. I would say that if 'eccellente' is placed before the noun, then usually this is done for emphasis. Normally, it is far more common to find it placed after the noun.

So in your example, if you wanted to stress to somebody that their help wasn't good, it was excellent, you might say 'eccellente aiuto.' Otherwise, in a normal conversation, you could just say 'aiuto eccellente.'

Hope this helps,
Kind regards,
Lauren  

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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.

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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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