"L'hai incontrato recentemente?"

Translation:Did you meet him recently?

June 10, 2013

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when a direct object pronoun (the "l'" here) is used with the passato remote verb tense, the ending of the past participle must agree in number and gender with the direct object referred to. l'hai incontrato would indicate a masculine direct object. l'hai incontrata would indicate a feminine direct object.


Notes regarding participle agreement with pronouns:

(1) mi, ci, ti, and vi have optional agreement when the verb takes avere (not essere)
(2) the rule applies only when the pronoun precedes the verb

taken from: Italian Verbs and Essentials of Grammar' Carlo Graziano, 1987, p. 30


Why not "you met him recently?"


That is what it means in common speech (colloquially), but it is not proper grammar. General rule of thumb: the subject does not begin a question ( have YOU eaten the apple? did SHE accept the offer? were THEY okay? etcetera.)


What about:

  • "Did you meet her recently?"?


Sorry, no. That would be "L'hai incontratA recentemente?" I think.


Does the "incontrato" in this sentence imply "for the first time," or can it generally be used like "meet" or "encounter" in English? Would first-time encounter be "conosciuto?" I ask because "did you meet him recently?" implies "for the first time" to me, while "have you met him recently?" implies a general occurrence of seeing someone.


And -"Have you met him recently?" Goes?


I put "encountered" instead of "seen", it seems to me to be more a more accurate translation.


Did you encounter it recently? (as in encountering a certain phenomenon) Not accepted. Why - am I missing something?


I recite it correctly and over and over it says I did not.


One can't hear a silent "h" sound! It trips me up all the time.

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