"It can also happen to us."

Translation:Può succedere anche a noi.

May 1, 2013



Why can't we use "ci" in this case, rather than "a noi"?


May 1, 2013

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Well, "ci" is clitic so the pronoun is kind of "hidden", and it becomes impossible to modify it with an adjective or an adverb. The problem in this case is that "also" doesn't really have to be close to what it refers, so it's hard to tell if the conveyed meaning is that "it can happen too" or "to us too"; but I'd say it's the latter, and duolingo seems to agree. "Anche a noi" means "to us too", while "it can happen too" would make the sentence "può anche succederci", which seems odd out of context.

May 1, 2013


But couldn't you accomplish the same thing by saying "Anche ci può succedere."?

July 29, 2013

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Well, to quote the Collins a clitic is a word "incapable of being stressed" (http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/clitic); "ci può" is pronounced like "cipuò", i.e. there is no way to stress the "us" part. That's why you need the extended form for it :)

"Anche ci può" is an uncommon word order, but not unused (although judging by a quick online search mostly brought in by the rhetorical "ma anche" that a certain political figure abundantly used): the stress is on the "a" and on the "ò". It brings into focus the "anche" part.

July 29, 2013


Why was I marked wrong for putting "anche" at the beginning of the sentence? The rest of the sentence is correct.

March 18, 2015


I asked this question 2 years ago. Since then, I have learned the that the correct order is to put the adverb after the verb. I believe when it is at the beginning of the sentence, it changes the meaning to "even", not "also" ("it can even happen"...or at least I think that is correct). If it were before "a noi", it would put the stress on "noi" and mean "even to us". Also, a very useful phrase I've learned since then is "Anche se" (lit: "even if", which we might also translate as "even though").

September 29, 2017


I tried this as well: anche può succedere a noi. The suggested correction was: può pure succedere a noi, and then here in the comments section the "correct" one is: può succedere anche a noi. It seems to me that they all say the same thing, is that right? Maybe each one stresses different parts and I just don't have a feel for it.

December 20, 2015


I wrote, "Può anche succedere a noi." It was accepted. Still having some trouble with the word order.

September 22, 2017


How do we know that it's 'it'? I put 'lo' at the beginning and it was marked as incorrect.

June 15, 2014


It is the subject, already covered by:
può = it can

June 17, 2014


Thanks; but would it be different if it was 'he' or 'she' (not that that would make much sense)?

June 19, 2014


Yep, you have the right of it.

she / he / it can also sing to us
può cantare anche per noi

I put it because my cat sings when I play the piano, so the sentence seems quite correct to me.

June 19, 2014


Lovely, thanks.

June 21, 2014


"si può succedere anche a noi" - why is it wrong?

March 28, 2014


Same question from me.

December 17, 2014


what does capitare mean in this context? - Può capitare anche a noi.

October 22, 2017


I got it wrong and was told the correct answer is ciò può anche succedereci, which seems to me to be using grammar I haven’t yet learned.

May 1, 2018


Since the hints under "It" say l', lo, la, I assumed it needed something for 'it'. So is the hint wrong?

June 23, 2018


I wrote: Anche può succedere a noi. Why does this word order not work?

August 4, 2018


Puo succederelo anche a noi. I included the lo for it. Why is the it missing in the DL answer?

March 18, 2019


"Può succedere a noi anche."

May 10, 2019
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