qualcuno

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From qualche (some) +‎ uno (one).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kwal.ˈkuno/
  • Rhymes: -uno
  • Hyphenation: qual‧cù‧no

Pronoun[edit]

qualcuno m (feminine qualcuna) (only singular)

  1. someone, somebody
  2. (in a question) anyone, anybody
  3. some (of them)
    Synonyms: alcuno, qualche
  4. (in a question) any (of us etc)

Usage notes[edit]

Always masculine in the sense of “someone”. In the the sense “some (ones)”, “some (of them)” it varies with gender, but can only refer to objects and human beings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patota, Giuseppe (2002) Lineamenti di grammatica storica dell'italiano (in Italian), Bologna: il Mulino, ISBN 88-15-08638-2, page 140