"Allora ho cominciato a capire."

Translation:Then I started to understand.

April 27, 2014



I had 'Now I've begun to understand', and it was marked as wrong... shouldn't that be correct?

November 21, 2014


I put this as well, and it was marked wrong. Would love some clarification.

April 3, 2015


Allora (then) is not ora (now)

February 21, 2016


Your answer too much based on the dictionary. "Now I understand it" is not the same as "I understand it now". In the first case you can use "allora", in the second can it only can be "ora".

May 5, 2016


So allora = poi ?

April 4, 2016


Both allora and poi can be translated as "then", but they are not synonyms.

Allora can have a cause-effect connotation, whereas poi is more temporal, meaning just "subsequently".

Quindi has a wider meaning and includes both of these.

Besides, allora also means "then" as in "at that time" (a quel tempo / a quei tempi).

April 4, 2016


Just translate the sentence exactly as it stands next time

March 23, 2018


Why not "Since then I have started to understand"?

November 29, 2014


That would be "da allora" (da quel momento sounds better), expressing "since then (since that moment)" with a time meaning. "Allora" simply means "then", with a mixed undefinite causal/time meaning.

February 21, 2016


Why was"since then" given as a choice in the drop-down?

January 14, 2017


What is the difference: a capire, per capire and di capire?? When do we use them?

October 23, 2014


it is not about "capire" but about the verb that goes before it) here it is "cominciare" which requires "a" after it and before the following infinitive

November 24, 2014


This sentence says "a capire" instead of "di capire". Is "di" the correct usage?

March 14, 2015


As Pemberley said, it depends on the verb before the infinitive.

To start to understand = cominciare a capire

To try to understand = cercare di capire (but also provare a capire).

February 21, 2016


Why not 'At that moment I began to understand'?

April 27, 2014


It has the same meaning but 'allora' is a bit more general, 'at that moment' refers to a specific point in time and is a set phrase. For instance with 'he carried on coming home later everyday, then i began to understand', 'then' refers to a period of time rather than a single point

July 8, 2014


Thanks. That's helpful.

July 8, 2014


I love self-referential things like this...

September 27, 2014


I put "Then I have started to understand" and it said I was wrong.

March 18, 2017


Why is it 'a capire' ? Capire means to understand, so the sentence, literally translated, is 'Then I started to to understand'.

July 13, 2014


Actually, to understand can be translated as a capire, di capire, per capire and simply capire.

February 21, 2016


Yes. It's the light bulb moment.

November 20, 2014


why not "now" I have etc........?allora means questa ora ???????

November 17, 2014


Why are there 'a capire' and 'per capire' ? How to know which is right for each sentence?

August 6, 2014


Which preposition has to be used depends on the first verb of the construction. They usually are A and DI, while PER is used in final sentences (don't know if that's what they are called in English, sentences expressing a goal/purpose).

Allora cominciai a capire = Then I started to understand.

Allora cercai di capire = Then I tried to understand.

Allora studiai per capire = Then I studied to understand (so that I could u.)

February 21, 2016


What is wrong with "From then on I started to understand." when "From then on" is given as a hint for "Allora"

December 1, 2014


Why "HAVE started to understand" but not "HAD started to understand"?

March 17, 2015


That would translate as "avevo cominciato". That tense expresses a past"er" action that happened before a past action.

February 21, 2016


Allora also means finally. Why isn't my answer correct.

August 14, 2015


I think that would be a more fitting translation of finalmente.

February 21, 2016


So I 've started to understand marked wrong!

June 27, 2016


I wish I sterted to understand

January 13, 2017


why not iniziare

April 2, 2015


It should be accepted

February 21, 2016



I've heard it used that way, but not in the strictest sense. It seems more closely translated to "well then"

June 26, 2016


ALLORA ho cominciato/iniziato a capire. Allora takes the meaning of 1.From that moment, from then on. 2. Then. 3.At that moment 4. At that point. But staying near to the Italian sentence, Duo should choose only then/from then on. Because the other variants have a translation on their own. AT THAT MOMENT: Da quel momento ho cominciato a capire. AT THAT POINT: A questo punto, ho cominciato a capire.

July 24, 2016


Why not Then I have started to understand. Allora ho, I have

November 2, 2016


So I started to understand is correct (according to Mr. Duo), but So I have started to understand is not? Does anyone know why the second isn't acceptable?

November 19, 2016


Then I have started to understand was marked wrong. Ho is I have. Perche?

November 22, 2016


'I have begun' marked wrong..!

January 9, 2017


Why is "ho" needed in this sentence? Would "Allora cominciato a capire" also be correct or said by a speaker?

January 29, 2017


for present perfect tense (passato prossimo), you will use either a form of "avere" (in this case "ho cominciato" for "i have started") or "essere" in combination with the verb form for things that happened in the recent past. "cominciato", as the passato prossimo conjugation for first person, isn't valid on its own.

January 30, 2017


Grazie, Kenan. Sometimes I wonder if I'll every get beyond "Dov'e' is bagno, per favore?

February 2, 2017


I put "So I have begun to understand", which was marked wrong. "So I began to understand" was the 'correct' answer given. "Ho cominciato" surely translates as "have begun", and if not, why the Hell not? I do see there is a difference in meaning, but I don't see why it's not "have begun". I have not begun to understand!

June 2, 2017


Since I'm a girl would i say ho cominciata? Or would it still be ho cominciato?

April 28, 2018
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