"Non hai sentito chiamare il tuo nome?"

Translation:Have you not heard your name called?

May 4, 2013



Is it not better to say, "Non hai sentito il tuo nome chiamato?" I just don't quite understand how the infinitive "chiamare" becomes "called" in the English translation

May 4, 2013

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Italians wouldn't use the passive form here, but it's much more common in English: the literal translation is "Did you not hear [someone] calling your name?".

May 5, 2013


You can't say that in English without putting the "someone" in. The Italian sentence reads as if the name is calling itself.

June 10, 2018


this could not mean "did you not hear them calling"?

September 8, 2014


In this sentence, it is not clear who is doing the "calling." Your sentence could be translated as ┬źNon hai sentito loro chiamando?┬╗.

April 22, 2015


where is someone

February 4, 2015


Someone ? No where in italian (nor in French). In English, I tried didn't you hear calling your name ? without someone. Duo does not accept it. Is it weird english ?

June 27, 2018


Someone? why?

February 21, 2015


I put in 'have you not heard your name to be called' and it was incorrect... should that not be correct?

March 12, 2016


No. In English, the infinitive is not used as much as it is in Romance languages; the gerund formation would be preferred over the infinitive in this English sentence. Therefore, "Have you not heard your name being called?" would probably have been accepted.

March 13, 2016


indeed, it was accepted. Bravo!

April 14, 2019


I said "Didn't you hear someone call your name" and I don't see why that was considered wrong. The correct answer was "Didn't you hear someone calling your name."

August 14, 2018


To say chiamARE, it would be TO call", not just call. That's why it's wrong (according to me). English likes continous present with verbs ending in ING when something (to hear) appends during another thing (to be called), like in Didn't you hear someone caIlNG your name?*. Could an Italian say "Non hai sentito someone chiamANDO il tuo nome?" ?

August 15, 2018


Why to call your name is wrong?

December 1, 2018


Because it wouldn't appear in an English sentence.

December 12, 2018
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