"Suonavi il flauto la mattina?"

Translation:Did you play the flute in the morning?

April 12, 2013

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I too was dinged for, "Were you playing the flute this morning?" I don't care about that and can easily accept that, "this morning" should be "stamattina", but I don't see how to get "in the morning" from "la mattina" without any other preposition. Is this simply understood in Italian?


I believe la mattina is understood to be in the morning, colloquially in English I have also heard "of a morning" to imply the habitual act each morning. It doesn't seem necessary to have the preposition in Italian


to jgbachand, sorry I have just looked at the link and there is something wring going on here, points 3 and 4 are grammatically incorrect in UK English, You cannot say " I did not use to do something, or I use to do something. It has to be used to do. The imperfect tense when something was done habitually or over a long period of time. I did not check the origin of this site but it would be better to look at an English grammar reference as sadly the d is lost in translation. Not always easy to hear in speech but it should be there in written


I know only American English (apologies), and my point is that when you reverse the order of the words in forming a question, the "did" takes the brunt of the past tense and the verb "use" returns to the present, as is always the case. For example: I saw three wisemen coming from afar. Did you see them? I had two pieces of candy; did you have more than me? I used to run with the wolves; did you use to run with them as well? Perhaps this is an American usage, but I have never seen "did" and the past tense of any verb used together. (I'm not an expert in English, just been using it all my life... Thanks for listening...)


Ah, this may explain things, if us english would say "did you use to run with them as well," here we have our solution, us english vs uk english, simples. It is so interesting the way our common language has diversified. Let's celebrate our differences


This discussion is confusing because we're being confused by a typo. The word in question is "USED". In rapid speech it can be misheard as "USE" particularly because it is contracted by the following "TO", but in discussing the past it is always "USED" and I believe that is true of both UK and American English. One says "I USED to do something" meaning that in the past the subject did something. A phrase like "I USE to do something" is just wrong.


I'm striking the expression from my vocabulary, however; from now on I'm simply asking, "Were you in the habit of ...." - much less confusing. Good "speaking" with you "confusedbeetle" - Happy New Year...


There is no difference between US and UK English on this one. What jgbachand explains very well is equally valid for UK English.


... if *we english ... ;-)


(American English speaker) I think I'm understanding this. "Used" here is not an ordinary past tense verb. "Used to do" is a phrase indicating some kind of continuous past tense in English (sorry I don't know the terminology). "Use to" is not correct English at all but a mishearing of the spoken phrase "used to."


I agree with you. The correct expression is "Used to do something".


I use uk english but I agree with you. I would say "did you play the flute" not "did you played the flute".


I have just read the whole page and there are quite a few grammatical errors in there


My lack of knowledge of my own language is impeding my ability to learn a new language


that's funny! i feel the same way


There is a book called "English Grammer for Students of Italian". This might be helpful to you.


I've heard some euphemisms in my time


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why can't it be "di mattina" as in "d'estate" - in the summer? Can any native Italian speakers clear this up? thanks.


I too would like to know why it isn't "di mattina" as in "di pomeriggio". Are there any Italian native speakers here?


Not a native....but the answer (I think)... is straightforward.
Di mattina is used if the action is 'that morning'....perhaps only once.

I am going to France tomorrow = Vado in Francia di mattina.

La mattina is used when the action happens regularly.

I often run in the morning = Corro sempre la mattina..

It may be because this sentence is using the imperfect tense it implies a sense of repetition or an action over a period of time...and that is why ' la mattina' is preferred to 'di mattina'


Could this also be correct : "Were you playing the flute this morning ? "


"This" morning is more specific. I think that would be stamattina.


As i understand it, used to is correct English. Use to is mispronounced and/or misspelled in this context. Use to can work only as i use something to do something or for something.


Your English is wrong. There is no such thing as "Did you used to". Correct English is "Did you use to". So I deserve credit for this answer.


As a native English speaker and grammar teacher: part of the confusion here between "use to" and "used to" stems from mixing up declarative and interrogative forms. "I used to play the flute in the morning" becomes "Did you use to..." as a question, since the modal auxiliary verb "did" changes tense and the main verb keeps its base form (use). While "use to" only appears in the past tense in modern English, as others have noted, the inclusion of the modal "do/did" for questions in simple past and present tenses means that "use to" will appear as well... but only in the question form. Note that the use in "use(d) to" and the regular verb have different pronunciations as a way of differentiating function: voiced /ju:z/ for the normal verb (past tense /ju:zd/) and unvoiced /ju:s/ for the noun and the helping verb (past tense /ju:st/). In layman's terms, the s in use sounds like "s" as a noun or in "used to", and like a "z" the rest of the time. Hope this is helpful.


How do you choose between di mattina, la mattina and alla mattina when you want to say in the morning?

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    A question that I had too. Any experts care to chime in?


    I have found a few examples, some of these feel a little interchangeable è quattro di mattina Per questo ci svegliamo la mattina Dose giornaliera 200mg alla mattina Seems the every morning and in the morning mix around a little


    Should "did you used to play the flute in the morning" also be accepted?


    Yes :) works now, thanks!


    To be correct it would be, "Did you use to play...?" not "Did you used to".


    In this sentences, doesn't "la mattina" mean (more or less) every morning? So it's asking "Did you play the flute in the mornings?" As phrased in English, it really does sound like it refers to a single playing of the flute.


    I don't understand, if we use the imperfetto for unfinished actions or as "used to", why on this one the answer is "did you play the flute"? Simple past is used for finished actions.


    This is a habitual action. The flute was played in the mornings, every morning. I have not come across the instruction finished or unfinished. More a one off, so yes, completed, or a habitual. On going, used to. I see your logic but it doesnt work here unless you only played onetime only, la mattina tells us in the mornings, perhaps every morning so needs the imperfect


    I agree too, still confused with " la mattina"


    È questo frase un eufemismo sessuato ?


    I am confused. If you think this other way around. Why here is not used the "passato prossimo". "Sei suonata il flauto la mattina?" That would mean more like "did you play?"? So why it is "suonavi"?


    'You used to play the flute in the morning' was not accepted


    The big question for me is why there is no preposition in front of "la mattina". Apparently, "in the morning" is simply "la mattina". Here are some example sentences from Reverso Contexto:

    Per questo ci svegliamo la mattina. That's why we get up in the morning.

    Prepareremo tutto il cibo la mattina. We'll prep all the food in the morning.

    Poi ce ne scappiamo la mattina. And then we'll make a run for it in the morning.

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