"This scared me the most."
Translation:Questo mi ha fatto spaventare di più.
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I answered the same, but then I thought about it... 'Mi ha spaventato le ragazze'... 'I have scared the girls.' As opposed to, 'Mi ha fatto spaventare'... 'I have made scared' (been made scared). Think in English, you don't 'to scare' when you 'get scared'. In Italian, it seems you make weather and emotions.
As Italian I can tell you that even the correct answer "Questo mi ha fatto spaventare di più" doesn't sound good in Italian..I'm doing the reverse tree for my English, and even for me it was difficult to find a good expression that sounds good and at the same time is correct for Duolingo... It was better "Questa è LA COSA CHE mi ha fatto spaventare di più".. meaning literally "This is THE THING THAT scared me the most" but I don't know if it would be correct for Duolingo...
Hi Vastasio, as an Italian can you explain why "questo mi spaventava di più" is wrong ? why is " ha fatto" needed in this expression and is there a subtle difference in italian between "fare paura" and "spaventare" or do they have the same meaning ? hope you can help grazie
The only answer I have for you is spaventare seems to require the aux verb fare. To scare someone is to make them scared. I couldn't tell you why it doesn't function like other verbs. Just that's the way it is. I know that's not satisfying. If I learn anything more, I'll pass it on.
Not really. He is not, I think, addressing the difference between spaventare and fare spaventare, but between the uses of di piu to signify "more" and "most".
His initial comment used fare spaventare but when asked what was wrong with questo mi spaventato di piu he took this to be a question about the use of di piu.
I don't think he commented about spaventare, though he did say (in response to an explicit query) that it meant more or less the same as fare paura. (I don't know why the questioner asked about that rather than fare spaventare itself, which would have been more directly relevant and is igpri's question here)
Another question for you vastasio, if that's okay. I see a few other people have asked something similar, below, and I think your post above may be touching on it. When does "di piu" mean "more" and when does it mean "the most"? I thought it was only ever a comparison, but it sounds like the rest of the sentence determines which it means? Thanks!!
Hi Mary...you understand if "di più" means MORE or THE MOST by the context...when it means MORE you have always a comparison...so, if you are talking about the film Terminator, you can say "Robocop mi è piaciuto di più= I liked Robocop more (than Terminator)"...If you are talking about films in general, you will say "Robocop è QUELLO CHE che mi è piaciuto di più= Robocop is the one that i liked most"...
So, when "di più" means MOST, you will find something like Quello che, La cosa che, il film che, etc....The one that, the thing that, the film that...
I hope it's clear, but if you have other doubts, please ask:) I think it's something easier to understand with practice than with theory, and that if you read a text in italian and find "di più", you can easily recognize what is the meaning
also is referred to your sentence. unlike your explanation below, in your explanation above you mentioned ONLY "female person" - so also is in addition to the "Female person", also the "Female object" of any kind. Just to make it clear - I only saw your other reply - after I wrote. ciao!
il/la più means "the most" but is only used to qualify an adjective (or more rarely an adverb): il più vicino = "the nearest". It precedes the adjective. If the adjective itself qualifies a noun then the noun comes between the il/la and the più: la citta più bella del mondo = "the most beautiful city in the world".
But to qualify a verb, use di più AFTER the verb to signify either "more" or "most": which it is should be clear from the context. (If it isn't, the sentence may need to be reworked to make it so: see vasasio's useful comments above).