"Aspettavo da molto tempo."

Translation:I was waiting for a long time.

July 25, 2013



Why is da needed here? I thought that aspettare meant to wait or to wait for? Thanks!

July 19, 2015


'I used to wait for a long time' dev'essere accettato, vero?

January 30, 2017


Anch'io ho la stessa domanda -- e ”I would wait” è giusto anche, non è vero? Come ”quando era bambino, aspetteva..."

February 2, 2018


I cannot understand why is some cases the both the past progressive and the simple past are accepted and in some others only the progressive is. Like in this one, why is "I waited for a long time" wrong?

July 25, 2013


It is accepted now.

January 9, 2015


What about I have been waiting? It was not accepted but I'm not sure why.

September 15, 2014


That would be "sono stato/a aspettando" -- it implies you are possibly still waiting, whereas "aspettavo" implies you waited for a while, but are not waiting any longer.

September 23, 2014


I see, thanks :-)

September 23, 2014


it is a present tense. Imperfect is a past tense

April 15, 2015


Am I wrong in thinking that "lots of time" should be accepted?

September 15, 2016


Lots of time is rather colloquial, maybe that's why. I guess they can't enter every possible answer into the program, which means there are plenty of things that could be accepted that aren't.

October 9, 2016


I guess I just have to be grateful for the free language learning tool.

October 9, 2016


Good attitude! It really is amazing. I took Spanish for a few years awhile back, before Duolingo was available, and I paid a lot of money for several years of "continuing education" classes. I honestly feel like I've learned way more Italian from Duolingo in the 3 months I've been on it, than I learned from 2 years of Spanish classes.

October 10, 2016


I was waiting since long I think this is a valid alternative

January 11, 2018


Aspettavo da molto tempo per il questo momento, il mio piccolo verde amico!

Really hope this is correct, I'm not quite sure. I'm also not sure if "aspettavo da molto tempo" is equal to "I have waited a long time" or if I need another temporal tense for that.

February 28, 2018
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