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"Le cose non erano andate bene quell'anno."

Translation:Things had not gone well that year.

October 6, 2014



Should this also work? "Things were not going well that year."


I think it should be accepted. It wasn't probably included in the translation because this sentence is included in the lesson for past perfect.

If somebody thinks it is wrong, please let me know it. I am Italian, and my English will never be spotless as if I were a native English speaker. :)


I'm not a native either. I think the past perfect sounds more distant in time and give a sense of completion than past progressive.
“Things were not going well that year“ would be “Le cose non andavano bene quell‘anno“, according to other lessons in Duolingo too. At the same time, this Italian sentence is supposed to be translated as “Things didn't use to go well that year“ or “Things didn't usually go well that year“. :|


The difference in English is that when you say "things were not going well that year" it means that the things being referred to are still ongoing at the time of speaking, but when you say "things had not gone well that year" it means that the things being referred to are over or completed, even though it allows that other things that haven't occurred yet might also not go well. This is consistent with the past perfect tense referring to completed actions in the past that occurred before (an)other event(s) in the past.


this would rather be "le cose non andavano bene quell'anno".


Wrote it and accepted


I think your sentence is past imperfect, not past perfect.


Couldnt we say non avevano andate? For had not gone?


No, "andare" must be conjugated with "essere", like many if not most other verbs of motion.


2015 am I right? Problems after problems


2018 isn't much better


Why 'andate' and not 'vanno', as 'erano' is the Loro form? I actually translated this as 'things had not gone well 'for you' this year' due to the andate referencing 'you all'.


Figured it out as I progressed down the tree, so for anyone else wondering: 'andate' is also the imperfect tense plural form of 'andare'.

So, given that 'erano' is the imperfect tense of the 'loro' form of 'essere' ("they were" in english) and given that the 'essere' form must match gender and plural (unlike the 'avere' form which would just have been 'andato' - which is all I had figured out when I last hit this question and why I was confused) and 'cose' is feminine plural of 'cosa', 'andare' becomes 'andate'.

Hope this is right, and hope it helps. :)


Does it have to be 'le cose'? Not just 'cose'?


Yes... "Things" is translated into "le cose" in this case...

I am trying to think at some case where "cose" doesn't need the article, but nothing comes to my mind.


"Ci sono (delle) cose che non si possono esprimere con le parole" "There are (some) things you can't express with words". In this case... the article goes away, "some" is either translated with the partitive or with nothing at all for countables!

(I thought of an example.) :D It took me some time, but I made it!


Marziotta, thank you for your comments. It is so helpful to get feedback from a native speaker.


So do native Italians really use the term "going well" or is this for educational purposes


Yes, they really do use - going well. For example - Come va? Andare- going. Come vanno le cose?


What about 'things hadn't been going well' ? Past perfect passive


Why is "Things that year had not gone well" incorrect.


Tempted to write "Annus horribilis" but I suspect duolingo wouldn't like it as an English translation


Things did not go well that year... should be accepted


You can say The things instead of things


Things didn't go well that year


Your answer is entirely wrong. Had had gone does not exist.

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