Translation:Only he has a different view of things.
When the adjective can be after the noun it can be after any specification of the noun as well; in this case it could have been "diversa visione delle cose", "visione diversa delle cose" and "visione delle cose diversa". Also "carta da lettere bianca" and "carta bianca da lettere" (in this case bianca can't go before carta); the emphasis changes a little with different orders - from "mail paper that is white" to "white paper for mail".
Perplexing. "He has a view of different things" and "he has a different view of things" are not equivalent. But from what you say placement of the adjective does not catch the differenze in italian. Maybe '
lui ha un visione delle diverse cose. And then why
diversa in the answer?
Yes, "he has a view of different things" would be "lui ha una visione delle diverse cose" or "lui ha una visione di cose diverse"; but with "diversa" being feminine singular in the Italian text it evidently refers to "visione", so it can only be "he has a different view of things". If it were "visioni" it would admittedly be ambiguous.
brilliant reply as always - you'd be rolling in lingots if you weren't an admin. This feedback/advice thing is one of the best things about DL. Terrible memories of earlier attempts to learn Italian when the text book told me I had got something wrong (fair enough) but I just couldn't figure out why.
I should have seen that. How about
una mele rosso ma un pomodoro verde (a green apple and a red tomato)? I suppose this won't work because whereas "a view of things" is a noun phrase qualified by "different" in my example there is no such noun phrase. But does my example simply look like a grammatically error to someone who thinks Italian rather than decodes it?
I'd say it looks confused, and one would think of a grammar mistake; you're probably right on target, "visione delle cose" can be thought of as a noun phrase, and to have a similar case with a conjunction you could say "una mela e un pomodoro verdi" (una mela e un pomodoro being the noun phrase).
Lui ha una visione delle cose diverse = Lui ha una visione delle diverse cose - He has a view of different things. Lui ha una visione della cose diversa = Lui ha una diversa visione delle cose = Lui ha una visione diversa delle cose. - He has a different view of things. Think about this sentence as if there was a comma, lui ha una visione, delle cose, diversa.
No, I was initially caught out by that (partly because of the word order used). But "diversa", rather than "diverse", says that it's the view, rather than the things, that are different. "Solo lui ha una visione delle cose diverse." = "Only he has a view of different things." but "Solo lui ha una visione delle cose diversa." = "Only he has a different view of things."
Let me see if I've got this right:
The fact that is says diversa (singular) indicates that it refers back to una visione (singular) and not to delle cose (plural). So what this sentence actually says is una visione diversa delle cose, doesn't it? In English that would be "a different view of things".
But if the Italian would have been una visione delle cose diverse the meaning would have been "a vision of different things".
Right or ..?
It is true that this is an incorrect phrase as worded here. The adjective “diversa” modifies the noun “visione” and therefore, must be either before or after the noun. So the only two correct versions would be:
“Solo lui ha una visione diversa delle cose.” “Solo lui ha una diversa visione delle cose.”
As well, in general, to express this idea in Italian, we would use “prospettiva” instead of “visione” except where the context is very clearly talking about a vision / mission for an organization or other type of entity. This is because “visione” speaks of capacity to see and is commonly used in this context. In Italian, we have these “false friends” which seem to be the same word in Italian that it is in English. In this case, the word “vision” as we are speaking of here has been borrowed and used enough in Italian, in the context of business, that many will understand in this context. But in the common usage of the language, it would not be regularly understood,