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"La birra non l'ho più voluta."

July 8, 2013

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

It's difficult because this sentence makes no grammatical sense in English. What exactly is this supposed to mean. It seems so convoluted

July 11, 2013

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A literal English translation requires a comma: "The beer, I didn't want it anymore". Italian allows to get rid of the comma and keep the sentence as it is, as broken as it may sound. The purpose is exactly the same as the English sentence, to focus the attention of the listener on "beer".

P.S. It's also a way to move the object before the subject unambiguously; but the reason to change the word order is the same, emphasis.

July 11, 2013

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

How can one tell if the sentence should be 'any more beer'or 'beer anymore'? I am beginning to feel as if I have reached that stage. I am very confused!

July 8, 2013

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  • I didn't want any more beer: "Non ho voluto più birra" (but "Non ho voluto altra birra" is more common)

  • I didn't want beer anymore: "Non ho più voluto birra"

In the first case più refers to the object (più birra) and must be close to it; although it's rather uncommon in this negative form.

July 8, 2013
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