Translation:I would like them to become great pilots.
Yes. It's correct with or without the partitive article:
- "Vorrei che diventassero dei grandi piloti."
- "Vorrei che diventassero grandi piloti." (partitive article is not necessary)
Notice that if the sentence is singular, you do need an article (it would be an indefinite article in this case), as long as you have that adjective in front of the name of the profession/job:
- "Vorrei che diventasse un grande pilota." (indefinite article is necessary)
If you don't have the adjective "grande", the article in the singular sentence is optional as well:
- "Vorrei che diventasse un pilota."
- "Vorrei che diventasse pilota." (indefinite article is no longer necessary)
This applies mostly every time you have "diventare" + job/profession.
I copied the following from one of the previous subjunctive discussions. I found it helpful.
With the present conditional you can use two form of subjunctive: the imperfect, that indicates an action in the immediate future, and the pluperfect, that indicates an action in the past. Look the examples:
"Vorrei che mi dicessi la verità" (present conditional + imperfect) = I would want you to tell me the truth". " Vorrei che mi avessi detto la verità" (present conditional + pluperfect subjunctive) = I would want you to have told me the truth".
Same way, with the past conditional you can use imperfect and pluperfect subjunctive to express that the action had to occur at the same time in the past, or had to be already happened.
Looks like two years since the first query here and several more later, the question why not 'became', as in "I would like that they became great pilots", remains open. Would be grateful if someone, knowledgeable enough, either help us understand why not or confirm that 'became' is also acceptable.
In this sentence vorrei is translated as I would like. However in this other one: Non vorrei che diventasse un'abitudine." it was translated: I wouldn't want it to become a habit. Mr. DL please tell me the contradiction. Does somebody know what is going on this program? Why to teach the wrong way?