Would someone please explain to me why "lo" in this case can't mean "him"? When is "lo" before a verb "it" and when is it "him"?
"Credere A qualcuno" -> "Credere a lui" = "Credergli" (To believe him) FAQ #11 on pronouns http://duolingo.com/#/comment/233855
Unfortunately, you have to learn which verbs uses which prepositions, that's a pain in the neck for every language.
"A lui" = "Gli"
Here "lo" can only imply "it". It is not who you believe in, which would require "a" preposition (and the "particella pronominale" would change accordingly, "a lui" = "gli", as already written).
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Thanks, marziotta. In English we can "believe him" or "believe in him" and they mean slightly different things. We can even "believe in it" (as opposed to "believe it"). But in Italian it's always "credere a...qualcuno o qualcosa"?
Credere a qualcuno = believe somebody
Credere in qualcuno = believe in somebody
They need different prepositions. :)
In italiano non usiamo MAI (ma proprio mai mai) "non lo posso credere": diciamo "NON CI POSSO CREDERE", che è l'abbreviazione di "non posso credere a ciò".
We never say in italian (never never!!!) "non lo posso credere"; we use "non ci posso credere" instead, that means "I can't believe this"
Actually I don't know the reason, I'm not a grammar teacher, I just know I'm Italian and if you tell me "Non lo posso credere" I think you're talking weird or even uncorrectly. To the utmost, you can say "Non posso crederlo", but "Non posso crederci"/"Non ci posso credere" would be better.
Then, how do we say "I cannot believe him" in Italian? Could we mean "non posso crederlo" as it too?
@GinevRed or another native Italian.
When you say that "non ci posso credere" means "I can't believe this"….
In this sentence does "ci" mean "this" or does it mean something else?
I agree with you, Aria. Just one detail regarding the position of the object pronoun in that sentence you used: "Non è possibile crederlo".
Common English usage allows for either can not or cannot as correct. Check it out.
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