"Lui vuole rispondere a lei."

Translation:He wants to respond to her.

July 8, 2013

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instead of 'respond' I said 'answer' and all of the sudden the second 'to' is not good?


In English you 'respond to' someone or 'answer' someone. Respond to /= Answer to....If you 'answer to' someone that means that your actions will be judged by that other person. And therefore does not have the same meaning in this sentence.


It is true. But it could still be an acceptable translation I guess. Or would the Italian sentence rule that out?


In Italian you would put a "ne" = of it = the actions being judged: lui vuole risponderne a lei.


This was introduced as a new word, and it showed "rispondere a" means "meet". When I put "he wants to meet her" (based on the given meaning of rispondere a), DL marked it as wrong. Anyone have any thoughts on this?


I'm a native italian speaker. "Rispondere a" means primary "to reply to" or "to be the answer to". Sometimes it is translatable in english as meet, but only when meet is used in an abstracted way.


Could 'a lei' be interpreted as a polite form of 'to you' ?


Yes, but according to Duolingo's conventions it should be capitalized Lei in that case.


And "oltre" Duolingo's conventions? Mi piacerebbe sapere....


Oh for CHRISTS SAKE! I put in "He wants to answer her" like one would looking at this simple phrase, but then Duolingo suggests "rispondere a" to mean MEET .

So, naturally I enter THAT assuming it's an Italian construction I'm unfamiliar with. WRONG!!

Why Duo, why? Just.. WHY?

Either don't suggest it, or DO suggest it but THEN mark accordingly. Now I don't know whether it's actually wrong? The suggestion is wrong? The suggestion is CORRECT but MARKED as incorrect? Which is it?

This just serves to confuse and demoralize (lol) people. Please don't do it.


rispondere : is "answer" not correct?


So why in heaven's name is "He wants to answer her back" wrong ..?


RESPOND and ANSWER are the same


what's the difference between "answer and respond"/


the man always speaks so fast... which is good as that's how we will hear other italians

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