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"Io aspetto finché trovi il cane."

February 19, 2013

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

Despite finché being translated as until, till, while - "I wait while you find the dog" is marked wrong! Is there a reason for this?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/f.formica
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The action of finding doesn't extend in time, so it can only mark the end of the action of waiting; if you want to use while in English you should use "I wait while you look for the dog", but that changes the sentence too much.


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

That's not strictly true for English (at least American English). "I wait while you find the dog" is fine.


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

I wait till you find the dog. Till = until, so this should be correct too.


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

Alternate translations: I wait until he/she finds the dog. I wait until I find the dog. yes or no?


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

No. The verb form is very specific: "Trovi". That can only mean "YOU find". (singular) If you wanted to say "I wait until he/she finds the dog", you would say: "Io aspetto finché trova il cane" and if you wanted to say "I wait until I find the dog", you would say "Io aspetto finché trovo il cane".

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