"Passano sette lunghi anni."

March 6, 2013


Can this also mean ' They spend seven long years', or would this use a different verb?

March 6, 2013

Yes and no. It could mean that, but then you should say WHAT they do in those seven long years.

"Passano sette lunghi anni a ricercare, senza trovare la risposta."

Does it make any sense in English to say to spend time without saying what for? (I ask, I don't know!) :)

March 6, 2013

You're right. Unless a question had been asked making the acitivity clear, the sentence would say what they spent the seven years doing.

March 7, 2013

Yes, but equally there are plenty of other examples of sentence fragments throughout the exercises here, so I'm not sure why this one isn't accepted when others are.

July 4, 2013
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