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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris123456

"Io ho cambiato nome perché diventava difficile trovare lavoro."

March 25, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris123456

Can anyone explain why this is not translated as "I changed my name because it was becoming difficult to find work" ? If it is "was becoming" should this not then be "stava diventando" ??


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

One of the most common uses of the past imperfect in italian is to indicate that the action was occurring over a continuous period of time in the past. Often the most accurate translation into english for this notion is the was/were + gerund construction, such as "was becoming", "was occurring", etc.

It is even more often a good translation when the past imperfect appears in a subordinate clause, as in this case.

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