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"Sette anni ci sono voluti."

March 5, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rsc55

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jackie.Bowers

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


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

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. ;)


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

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


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

why is passive voice in this section?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ruth-mac

the passive is very common in Italian


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/robert0n

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!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ruth-mac

I agree that it does add confusion in this section


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

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


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

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


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

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"

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