Intermediate Italian: describing people
Intermediate Italian: describing people

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Intermediate Italian: describing people

Comparing two people using come or quanto

In this activity you continue practising comparing people, using the expressions come or quanto.

First read the following explanation.

Box 3 Making comparisons using come / quanto

To compare two objects or people of equal qualities, you can use come or quanto

Simone è alto come me.

Simone is as tall as me.

Questa gonna è stretta quanto l’altra.

This skirt is as tight as the other one.

To compare two adjectives referring to the same noun, you can use ‘tanto + adjective

quanto + adjective’.

Questo vestito è tanto comodo quanto elegante.

This dress is as comfortable as it is elegant / smart.

(This is a rather literary way of saying ‘This dress is both comfortable and elegant / smart.’)

La notte era tanto oscura quanto silenziosa.

Valeria è tanto bella quanto antipatica!

The construction can also be used to compare two adverbs.

Carlo scrive tanto velocemente quanto accuratamente.

In this context, tanto and quanto are invariable (i.e. do not change their ending).

Attività 9

Scrivete due frasi per ogni coppia di personaggi come nell'esempio. Usate 'come' nella prima frase e 'quanto' nella seconda frase.

Write two sentences for each couple of characters as in the example. Use come in the first sentence and quanta in the second sentence.

Esempio

Carlos, organizzato

Elisa, organizzata

Carlos e organizzato come Elisa.   or   Carlos e organizzato quanto Elisa.

1

Aida, alta 1.63

Massimo, alto 1.63

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Aida è alta quanto Massimo.   or   Aida è alta come Massimo.

2

Werner, magro

Luca, magro

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Werner è magro quanto Luca.  or  Werner è magro come Luca.

3

Maria, bella

Fiorella, bella

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Maria è bella come Fiorella.  or   Maria è bella quanto Fiorella.

4

Ionut, estroverso

Roberto, estroverso

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Ionut è estroverso quanto Roberto.   or   Ionut è estroverso come Roberto.

5

Stella, intelligente

Umberto, intelligente

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Stella è intelligente quanto Umberto. or Stella è intelligente come Umberto.

6

Katia, impaziente

Marta, impaziente

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Katia è impaziente come Marta. or Katia è impaziente quanto Marta.

7

Alfonso, attraente

Matteo, attraente

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Alfonso è attraente come Matteo. or Alfonso è attraente quanto Matteo..

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