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"Decidi tu."

January 15, 2013

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TiagoMoita_PT

"Decide yourself" and "You decide" should be accepted. Besides, this shouldn't be here in the 1st place as it is the Imperative.

January 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Rondinella01

I agree.

January 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/donmarquito

I can't imagine when an English speaker would say "decide yourself"

January 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/QXQ

"Decide what I should do" "No! Decide yourself!"

Works as an imperative.

February 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TiagoMoita_PT

Well, I'm not sure, but it sounds right to me, and Google Search returns a few examples...

January 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/BethK

I said "You decide" and it was accepted.

February 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/donmarquito

It did seem like the imperative, so I just put "Decide." That's the simplest translation (a command to someone else to decide), but it wasn't accepted.

January 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TiagoMoita_PT

I would say because the translation of "Decide" would be "Decidi". Simply "Decide" sounds a bit too authoritative to me.

February 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/SeaShadow

Why is it "Decidi tu" instead of "Tu decidi"?

February 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TiagoMoita_PT

Because "Decidi tu" is the imperative, and "Tu decidi" is the Present Tense.

February 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christopher

Not necessarily. Since the form is identical, there is possibility of the present tense, especially since we are in the pretense section of the grammar lessons. It's difficult to hear because of the nuance. Placing the personal pronoun last emphasizes the subject of the verb.

There is a common overlapping of imperatives with the personal pronoun at the end. However, this isn't a hard and fast rule; they simply overlap.

For instance, you ask me: "who makes the decision?" I respond, "you make the decision." In English, I have to inflect my voice to emphasize you as the person who makes the decision. In Italian, I would respond, "decidi tu." In this scenario, it would sound funny, though still grammatically proper, to say "tu decidi." However, I'm still not giving an imperative sense.

February 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/DianneCapoccia

we never had this expression before!

February 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Elena18

I put down YOU decide. It sounds to me as if this construction emphasizes the fact that I want YOU to do the deciding. Otherwise, it would be "tu decidi", vero?

March 8, 2013
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