The term ne

We use ne (of it; of them; some) before a verb:

  • To replace a noun preceded by del, dello, della, dei, etc. (of the; some).

– Vuoi del caffè? – Sì, grazie, ne vorrei. (→ Sì, grazie, vorrei del caffè).

–Do you want some coffee? –Yes, please, I would like some (of it). (→ Yes, please, I would like some coffee).

– Ha dell'insalata? – Sì, quanta ne vuole? (→ Sì, quanta insalata vuole?)

–Do you have salad? –Yes, how much (of it) do you want? (→ Yes, how much salad do you want?).

  • To replace a noun preceded by an amount such as due, tre, etc. (two, three, etc.).

– Hai una macchina? – Sì, ne ho una. (→ Sì, ho una macchina).

–Do you have a car? –Yes, I have one. (→ Yes, I have a car).

  • With verbs followed by di or da (these words often have no direct equivalent in English but can be used to mean “about”, “of”, “from”, etc.): ricordarsi di (to remember), parlare di (to talk about), sognare di (to dream of), trarre da (to deduce from), etc.:

Cosa pensi di questo film? → Cosa ne pensi?

What do you think of this film? → What do you think of it?.

– Ti ricordi di questa storia? – No, non me ne ricordo.

–Do you remember this story? → –No, I don't remember it.

Cosa trai da un comportamento del genere? → Non ne traggo nulla.

What do you deduce from that sort of behavior? → I don't deduce anything from it.

Some common expressions using ne:

Me ne vado.

I'm off.

Non ne posso più.

I'm fed up.

Non ne voglio sapere niente.

I don't want to know (anything about it).

Se ne vedono e se ne sentono di tutti i colori.

You see and hear of all kinds (of it/of them).

Ne sai una in più del diavolo!

You certainly know a thing or two (about it)! (literally: “You know one more thing about it than the Devil!”)


  • Ne can be added on to the end of a verb in the infinitive (standard) form to make a single word, doing away with the last vowel of the verb:

– Quante torte devo fare? – Devi farne tre. 

–How many cakes do I have to make? –You have to make three (of them).

  • Ne can be added on to the end of a verb in the imperative form to make a single word; in the case of da' (give) and fa' (do), there will then be two ns.

Hai caramelle? Danne due a Mattia.

Do you have sweets? Give two (of them) to Mattia.

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