"Sette anni ci sono voluti."

March 5, 2013


I wrote "It took seven years" and it was accepted as well.

March 21, 2013

How can it be "we have needed" when the verb is "sono" not "siamo?" This is a strange construction.

March 5, 2013

It's passive. the most natural form in Italian would be "ci sono voluti sette anni", but if you want to put emphasis on the fact that it needed SEVEN years, you can say "Sette anni ci sono voluti". A heavy construction can mean heavy feelings. ;)

March 5, 2013

Similar re-arranging can be seen in English, for example "Seven years it's taken to put up those flats!".

May 9, 2013

why is passive voice in this section?

July 13, 2013

the passive is very common in Italian

July 25, 2013

Fair enough, but that sounds like a good reason to put a whole section on the passive voice. This is the first section on a tense other than present; there's enough to be grappling with as it is!

July 28, 2013

I agree that it does add confusion in this section

July 28, 2013

Ok. So how does it work? ci + conjugated verb = have done?

August 1, 2013

ci vuole means it takes/wants eg ci vuole molto tempo,

August 17, 2013

however, if it is a "passive voice", i suppose the answer should be "seven years are needed" instead of "seven years were needed", because sono is the "present tense"

August 25, 2013
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