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"Ci avevo pensato tante volte."

Translation:I had thought about it many times.

July 27, 2013



Why can't this be "I had thought about us many times"?

July 27, 2013


Yes it's mystifying isn't it? I'm totallly confused about those ci things that pop up at the front of sentences.

August 21, 2013


I think ci refers to something that is not described in this sentence .. but perhaps in a previous sentence, like 'What about our love?' or 'Did you ever want to go skiing?' Then the English translation makes sense, in response to some other sentence.

July 6, 2014


I am wondering the same thing. Maybe it has something to do with pensatO referring to it. Though I don't know how it would be different for US.

July 28, 2013


If you wanted to say about us you would use "a noi"

March 27, 2014


But I thought there were 2 ways to say it, one with "ci" and one with "a noi" at the end.

March 8, 2017


Thats what i thought because of th 'Ci'

June 3, 2017


ci and ne. banes of my existence

January 11, 2014


Thank you. But that works wonderfully if you have a previous sentence where 'ci' can refer back to 'it'. Since one does not exist here, 'us' should be accepted in this case . It does make sense for this sentence.

October 29, 2014


Yeah I watched the video and it acknowledges that ci can mean us but doesn't say anything about telling the difference. It seems to rely solely on context.

June 7, 2017


Secondo Collins: "ci penso io I'll see to o take care of it" Unless you disbelieve Collins, this sentence means "I took care of it many times."

Probably not a good sentence to produce arguments about translating "ci" as "of it" or "us." One of Duo's very troublesome efforts.

March 21, 2015


I hear ya buddy

June 3, 2017


Add me to the list of the confused .

August 27, 2013


and me!

November 3, 2013


me four lol

March 11, 2015


Just when I thought I had understood "Ci".. omg..

April 23, 2014


I did the same - it looks like it's the verb "pensare" that is causing the problem... my book says that "ci" is sometimes used to mean "it" or "about it" with certain verbs... one of those being pensare (also capire, credere?). It says that it is used when the verb would normally take "a" after it - so that's pensare again.

My question is therefore, how do you say "i had thought about them?"

September 13, 2013


avevo pensato di loro?

February 17, 2014


that would be: "gli avevo pensato" I think

February 19, 2014


This is why grammar is so important. Ci and ne are used for indirect cases. Something we haven't learned so far in DL.

February 19, 2014


I had thought it many times....How is that not right?

October 16, 2013


There is a subtle difference between thinking something and thinking about something

July 4, 2014


I agree but where in the Italian sentence this appears?

September 18, 2014


I haven't got the hang of "ci" at all. I still can't see why it cannot be "us" in this sentence.

August 3, 2014


Here's a fabulous video on ci and ne. I believe the way that ci works here is covered about 2 minutes and 40 seconds into the the video.


August 5, 2014


Now this is really great. Thanks!

August 5, 2014


Excellent video. Thanks for sharing.

March 20, 2019


Then how would you say "I had thought about us many times"?

September 2, 2015


did the same mistake... but thinking it would most probably be wrong as "ci" before the auxiliary means that the past participle has to be agreed and should therefore have been "pensati" ... but still confused, I hate all those ci, cui, coi (if this one exists?) and it's frustrating not to know!

August 27, 2013


I also have a problem with this ://

March 25, 2014


Maybe this helps a little bit:


April 13, 2014


Thanks, it is quite nice explanation :) Still i'm not sure if i can distinguish the indirect from direct pronoun ans so on....

April 14, 2014


It's not so hard to understand.

Verbs without a preposition need the direct object pronoun

  • aspettare qualcuno/qualcosa

  • aiutare qualcuno

  • ringraziare qualcuno (la ringrazio)

Verbs with a preposition (normally a, di) need the indirect object pronoun

  • scrivere a qualcuno (le scrivo)

  • occuparsi di qualcosa/qualcuno

There are also some verbs that can have both:

  • consigliare qualcosa a qualcuno (te lo consiglio)
April 14, 2014


Thanks for that YouTube link, I'll subscribe to that channel I think!

February 28, 2015


Hm. How did you people manage to hear this link? It was so quiet and monotone and mumbled!

March 8, 2017


"I had thought that many times"


Surely it is OK?

November 20, 2014


I thought that too. It is SO confusing.

January 1, 2015


me too - "think OVER that" given as correct instead = not fluent English, surely ? Reported.

April 20, 2017


I also don't understand why "ci" here cannot refer to "us" rather than "it". Reading comments below confirms my confusion.

September 5, 2017


I don't know why either, but I did a search on the sentence to see how Italian speakers used it in context. And the context always indicated that ci meant "it" rather than "us."

"Io le risposi che ci avevo pensato molte volte, ma da sola non era facile" (I told her that I had thought about it many times, but it was not easy on my own)

"Guarda, io sono sempre stato molto vicino alla chiesa, fin da quando ero bambino. ci avevo pensato molte volte" (Look, I've always been very close to the church since I was a child. I had thought about it many times)

"lol all'idea di un remake ci avevo pensato molte volte molto molto tempo fà." ( lol to the idea of a remake I had thought about it many times a long long time ago)

May 10, 2018


Italian verbs take many forms. 'andare'--to go, 'andarsene'--to go away; 'chiedere'--to ask, 'chiedersi'--to wonder; 'mangiare'--to eat, 'mangiarsi--to be enraged. 'pensare--to think, 'pensarci'--to consider something. this would be equivalent of 'pensare+the preposition 'a'+a noun (sto pensando alla vacance. ci sto pensando) having written all of this it's not clear to me that ci can't mean 'us'. the only reason that comes to mind is the highly idiomatic meaning of 'pensarci'--to consider it or to take care of it. here are two sites that answer this issue. http://www.dummies.com/languages/italian/conjugating-italian-verbs-with-ci/ and https://blogs.transparent.com/italian/tricky-little-words-%E2%80%9Cci%E2%80%9D/

May 11, 2018
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