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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hanan1948

"The years pass and certain things change."

June 17, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hanan1948

you say that "alcune cose" can replace "certe cose". does not "alcune" mean "some" and not "certain" ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/f.formica
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"Certain" can also mean "some": to quote the Merriam-Webster dictionary, "of a specific but unspecified character, quantity, or degree <the house has a certain charm>". That's what duolingo's pointing at, in this case the unspecified quantity; "certo" and "certain" have similar contexts.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oktaya

Shoot. I read it as "three years" . And it was my last heart :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bunny2013

Why is is "certa gente" but "certe cose"? (Why is "people" singular, but "things" plural?)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/peter2108

la gente is always singular. le persone is always plural. Both mean people. Perhaps is the ambiguity in the Italian idea of "people" - does it refer one thing or many things? We British seem to have a similar ambiguity about sheep.

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