"Scriviamo a loro ad ottobre."
Translation:We write to them in October.
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You can put a 'd' behind 'a' or 'e' if you like to make the the sentence sound smoother. Here 'ottobre' starts with a vowel, so it's nicer to put a 'd' after 'a'. This works for any word, not just months. Note that it isn't mandatory and that 'a ottobre' is fine as well. I believe I read in another discussion that 'a' and 'di' are interchangeable when it comes to months.
Can I ask... Scriviamo a loro ad ottobre... I'm okay with the a + d before ottobre. I don't understand why the a goes before loro. I did not know that a also means 'to' whilst meaning 'in' at the same time... If this is the case how do you differentiate when you should use 'a' instead of another version of 'to'
I understood "a loro" changes the word "they" to "them", just like, "di lui" changes from "he" to "him"
I'm confused about "ad Ottobre" being "in October" when, my understanding is, a/ad means to, or at. And the first instance of "a" in the sentence (the 2nd modified by the subsequent vowel) is translated as "to" and the 2nd as "in"...
I would have tried writing it as "nel Ottobre," and apparently gotten it wrong. Why?
Help! Non capisco.
But that's a suggestion. Not a statement of what is. Some of it is the language getting stretched because we haven't hit past or future tenses yet specifically. And sometimes some languages have the concept of the continuing present. As long as you specify using a time reference (in october) you still use the present tense to do so. I think there are some languages that don't have past or future tenses so have to do it like that. And then there are some languages which have maybe one or two words that have a present tense. All the rest of the verbs have past, future, or the gerund/(-ing word)
Technically, that is what you are meaning if you write this sentence any time before October. I recently learned the hard way that if you include a time frame, it is more natural to use present tense to mean "will do something" than to use future tense. But, it also means "we write to them in October" in a continuing sense of every October we write to them. So, I guess since it is expressed in present tense, and it could mean either present or future, the simplest choice prevails? But honestly I see no reason why it would/should be counted wrong...
If it's acceptable to use "in or nel" then I'm going to, to eleviate any confusion. a, al, ad, etc I thought was: to, to the, & to