The “si passivante” construction, called “passive si” in English, is used when we don’t want to specify the subject of the sentence. This construction is very common in Italian.

Two Main Takeaways

  • The structure of the “si passivante” construction is: si + verb conjugated in the third person singular or plural + direct object.
  • Differently from the “si impersonale” construction, the “si passivante” construction requires the use of a direct object.

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Links Mentioned and Other Resources

  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #35: The Impersonal Si Construction.
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #52: Modal Verbs in Italian.
  • CLICK HERE to get the Irregular Past Participles Learning Map, a guide summarizing the most common irregular past participles in Italian.

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