"I do not find the knife."

Translation:Io non trovo il coltello.

March 12, 2013

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I understand this is the literal translation, but this be used in the same way we would say "I can't find the knife?"


Exactly. Expressing the inability to achieve a goal can be done in Italian without using potere, to be able to/can:

  • I can't do it/Non ce la faccio
  • We can't hear you/Non ti sentiamo
  • He can't see you/Lui non ti vede


Why can't I say "Non incontro il coltello"?

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