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  17.5.5 dietro = behind

Dietro / behind is a preposition and an adverb in both languages. If we want to be more precise, dietro can be a pronominal adverb as well, can stand for something.

Dietro la casa c'è un giardino.
  Behind the house there is a garden.
  Siamo andati dietro la casa.
  We went behind the house.
  Non c' è niente dietro.
  There is nothing behind.

But in both languages there is a difference between a movement and the description of the relationship between two objects in space.

Go back!
Vai indietro!

To describe a movement, we use indietro and not dietro.

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