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"Non potei camminare per sei mesi."

Translation:I could not walk for six months.

October 18, 2015

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/akilleyca.48

'I was unable to walk' is not accepted? really? I wouldn't normally mind but having a good answer turned down when you're trying to test out is infuriating.

March 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pierugofoz

DL accepted "I was not able to walk for six months", so I think your sentence is definitely correct

May 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Piero244887

Never said "potei" as a navite italian speaker. Just say "ho potuto" instead!

June 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nerevarine1138

As a native speaker, would you be more likely to say "ho potuto" or "potevo" in this case?

August 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/itastudent

Yes, it sounds a little bit old fashioned...

However, maybe it's not used so much in other parts of Italy, but I personally do use the form "potetti" for the passato remoto.

June 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorraine281420

I'm also a native speaker from the north west and I would never use the passato remoto when speaking, but for example my Tuscan grandfather used it all the time when speaking. It really depends on where in Italy you are :)

January 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mstanwyck

is using passato remoto kind of a judgement call over another form? None of these sentences really seem to call for anything special

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nerevarine1138

Not exactly.

You will never use passato remoto in conversation (unless you're in Southern Italy, and even then, you're talking about a totally different dialect). It's reserved for writing, and primarily for literature about a past event. You would rarely use it to write about last Saturday, but you would use it to write about something that happened ten years ago.

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Estrella789790

Why not "I couldn't walk"?

June 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nerevarine1138

They're usually pretty good about accepting contractions. Was that part of your answer marked as incorrect?

June 30, 2018
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