The impersonal si construction is used when the subject is unspecified. In English, the translation can be made with the subject “people” and “everybody”.

Two Main Takeaways

  • The impersonal si construction uses the pronoun “si” and a conjugated verb in the third person singular. In Italian, it’s used when the subject is unspecified.
  • A common expression with this construction is “si dice” which means “it is said that”.

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