"Ci conoscevamo da anni."

May 24, 2013


Is "we've known each other for years" wrong?

May 24, 2013
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"We've known each other" is present perfect, and as such it's speaking about the present and looking back at the past: we still know each other, and we've been in touch for years. The Italian imperfect on the other hand speaks about something that lasted in the past but is no more; so "we knew each other" is better, but I think "we had known each other" would be best.

May 24, 2013

Wonderful! I was thinking "we had known each other", but didn't dare ask in case the answer was too confusing. Thank you.

May 30, 2013
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