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New Beginnings: Punto e a capo

Knowing how to divide words by syllables is a bit different in every language. These days word processors avoid the problem by making everything fit without having to divide the words at all. But word processors can get it wrong, and there are times when we really do need to know how to divide a word at the end of a line before hitting the "return" key, and Marika lays out some clear-cut rules for us.
 

E quindi, per andare a capo, cioè nella riga successiva, bisogna seguire queste regole.
And so, to start a new line, that is, on the next line, one needs to follow these rules.
Caption 34, Marika spiega: La divisione in sillabe - Part 1 of 2    

 

Please see both part one and part two of Marika's video lessons to get all the information you need about dividing words into syllables.

 

And, just like in English, Italian uses punctuation terms as metaphors. Punto (period) indicates that there will be no further discussion!
 

Pensavo che stessimo lavorando insieme a quest'indagine.
I thought we were working together on this investigation.
Infatti ci stiamo lavorando insieme però di Ginevra me ne occupo io, punto.
In fact, we are working together, but I will take care of Ginevra, period.
Captions 18-19, Il Commissario Manara 1: Rapsodia in Blu - Ep 3 - Part 6 of 17

 

When we’re working on something and reach an impasse, we frequently have to start over. We start from scratch, we go back to square one, we go back to the drawing board. Having to start over happens quite frequently in criminal investigations, and Commissario Manara is no exception.

 

In one case, Luca uses an idiomatic expression/punctuation metaphor for this. In dictation, to indicate a new paragrafo (paragraph) or a new line, the term is punto e a capo (period, new line/paragraph).
 

Se la confessione di Perrone è vera, non abbiamo niente in mano.
If Perrone's confession is true, we're left with nothing in hand.
E siamo punto e a capo.
And we're back to the beginning [square one].
Caption 3-4, Il Commissario Manara 1: Sogni di Vetro - Ep 7 - Part 16 of 18

 

Here’s another way to say the same thing:
 

Già! E noi siamo di nuovo al punto di partenza.
Yeah! And we're back to the starting point [square one] again.
Caption 18, Il Commissario Manara 1 - Il Raggio Verde - Ep 5 - Part 8 of 14  

 

In yet another episode, Luca seems to be losing patience with a witness or suspect, and uses daccapo to mean “from the beginning.” He could have said da capo just as easily, but it’s often used as a single word with a double c, originating from (and meaning the same as) da capo (from the beginning). Da capo is also used universally in music to indicate a repeat of the beginning of a piece.
 

Allora, ricominciamo daccapo, va! Com'è andata?
So, let's start over again from the beginning, come on! What happened?
Caption 4, Il Commissario Manara 1: Sogni di Vetro - Ep 7 - Part 15 of 18  

 

Check out punto (point) and capo (head) on WordReference.com for their various meanings and sfumature (nuances), and see this Yabla lesson about “Getting to the Point.”
  

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