"He wants to keep the people safe."

Translation:Lui vuole tenere la gente al sicuro.

July 4, 2013



I think I figured this one out. By itself, sicuro is either an adjective or a noun. As an adjective it means "safe" and as a noun it means "a safe place."


Used as an adjective, we could get "He wants to keep the safe people" (those without guns, maybe) but to get "He wants to keep the people safe" we need an adverb phrase, which we can get via a preposition. So Lui vuole tenere la gente al sicuro literally means "he wants to keep the people in a safe place."

As always, some feedback from a native speaker would be very welcome.

April 29, 2014


There’s no predicate adjective in Italian?

April 6, 2018


That is great. Thanks.

January 23, 2019


what is wrong with my translation: Lui vuole tenere la gente sicura

July 4, 2013


He wants to keep the safe people.

July 5, 2013


Right. Another question: Since "tenere" itself can also mean "keep safe," the translation could be read as "He wants to keep the people safe in safety." Isn't that overkill? Why not use "restare" instead?

July 1, 2014


I don't quite understand why al is needed before sicuro. Anyone?

March 27, 2014


I think it's to make sure it translates to a meaning of 'in a state of safety' rather than as Viggiatore said, to have him wanting to keep safe people (as pets?)

March 31, 2014


I think that my translation means the same thing " Lui vuole mantenere la sicurezza della gente"

December 10, 2013


I think sicuro means safe as in not dangerous: "it's a safe neighbourhood". Al sicuro means safe as in not in danger: "you're safe in this neighbourhood".

May 7, 2015


why is it "securo"? I wrote "secura" because of "la gente" and was marked incorrect.

August 17, 2018


It has nothing to do with "la gente" but rather with the ". . al sicuro" part. Check the reply from GregHullender above for details.

June 9, 2019


“Lui vuole tenere sicura la gente“ ?

April 14, 2014


I think it should be lui vuole tenere sicura alla gente

October 10, 2014


Thanks everyone. Lots of good tips there

November 27, 2014
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