"The years pass and certain things change."

June 17, 2013


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

June 17, 2013
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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.

June 17, 2013

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

July 17, 2013

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

August 21, 2013

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.

August 23, 2013
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