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"Non te la voglio proprio mandare."

Translation:I really do not want to send it to you.

April 15, 2013

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

I have a question about the position of 'really' in English, and how it translates into Italian. I REALLY don't want to send it = I am strongly against it. I don't REALLY want to send it = I have reservations, I am reluctant. There's quite a difference between these two - so which one does 'non te la voglio proprio mandare' cover? BTW - since it is a want/desire, I can see the argument for using the subj instead. :)


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

I was wondering exactly the same thing about the position of 'really'. :)


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

To make it easier for me to understand, how would you translate "I really don't want you to send it" into Italian?


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

To say the sentence you ask for requires the present subjunctive. You can get a feel for this whenever you need to put a "that" = "che" in the sentence. "I really don't want that you send it." Peter almost gets it right but he follows the "che" with something else and is missing an "it" (but I am sure he would be understood.) "I really don't want you to send it" = "Davvero, non voglio che tu lo mandi"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/peterb12

I was taught that the subjunctive mood was meant to express uncertainty. So you would use it if you were saying something like "I doubt that I want you to send it", but never if you were saying something like "I am sure that I don't want you to send it." Am I mistaken?

Dunno how I managed to drop the "it" from that sentence. Oops.


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

You are absolutely right that the subjunctive is used to express uncertainty.(As well as thoughts and hopes.) The uncertain bit in your sentence "I am sure that I don't want you to send it" is whether or not it will be sent. It may help to think of your sentence as "I am sure that I don't want THAT you send it" This leads you to the subjunctive.

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