"Dove eravamo rimasti?"

Translation:Where were we?

July 31, 2013

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Is "rimasti" necessary? Wouldn't "Dove eravamo?" also mean "Where were we?"?


I suspect it's an idiom. So the English 'Where were we?' used when we were doing something, and got interrupted, and got back to it, so it's asking what was the point at which we stopped or stayed. It's a figurative phrase. And it's in the dictionary as such. Sometimes these are things you encounter and just have to learn and remember because while it might not be a literal translation, it is what people who are native in that language use.


Look at the bottom of the first definition


Thank you for that. A useful site, AND a definitive answer to the question. Your good deed for the day is done. Adesso, dove eravamo rimasti ....?


This is my way to try to make sense of this sentence.

Dove = where
eravamo = we were (imperfetto di essere)

The italian imperfetto is used for
1. past repeated or habitual actions
2. past interrupted actions
3. past background information

I think in this case "eravamo", the imperfect of essere (~ we were), is used to signal the interruption ~ we were (doing/saying/discussing something) when . . .

Dove eravamo = Where were we when . . .

rimasti = we remained/were retained/withheld (passato prossimo di rimanere in plural)

Where, were we when, we were retained?
~ Where were we when we were interrupted?
~ Where were we?

. . if that makes sense to anyone more than myself?


That's helpful in answering the question of why it's said in this way in Italian (i.e. with "rimasti") but it doesn't answer the question of whether or not one can simply use "dove eravamo" to say the same thing. The original question from Altair0315 was whether rimasti is necessary in order to say this. I had that same question, and I still do. Anybody know if it's acceptable in Italian to simply use "dove eravamo" to say where were we? Thanks.


"Dove eravamo" is accepted by DL.


Yes, - but is that used in the same context?
Dove eravamo? ~ Where we were?
- It's probably acceptable English, - but I don't think it's an acceptable way to phrase this . . ?

If you have been interrupted, and want to get back on track, I think in English you would say "Where were we?" and in Italian "Dove eravamo rimasti?"


I think that the difference between the two is that by using the trapassato prossimo, which is used for an action before another event in the past, we are getting the sense of "where were we before we were interrupted (which is the usual context for use of this expression judging by the Reverso Context examples in the link below), whereas dove eravamo does not bother with the technicality of placing the query in time in relation to another event in the past.



Thank you Ariaflame for this Collins dictionary linkage. http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/italian-english/rimasti I have been using it more generally for other Italian questions for my French too.


why not dov'eravamo rimasti??


That's also correct! I'll report it. :)


It's still not accepted.


Still not accepted October 2016


Reported it again December 2016 - the more people report a particular issue, the sooner Duolingo takes notice (?)


Still not accepted (April 2017)


It is still not accepted Mai 24, 2017


I usually use 'where were we' when a conversation has been interrupted and I am trying to get back to it .... sorry about that, where were we? Can this be used in this way?


Good question, seconded!


Wouldn't "Dove siamo stati?" also work? for DL's English translation? In my mind, 'dove eravamo rimasti?" is more accurately asking: "Where had we stayed?" with emphasis on "stayed", as e.g., referring to a hotel.


Can this also mean, "Where did we stay?"


"Where had we stayed?" worked for me :)


That is the "grammar-literal" translation. I guess the question is whether it can be translated with a different tense (simple past). DL does offer "where were we", which is definitely not rammar-literal...


Do both era and aveva translate to had, or can era also mean had been, or were?


"Era" can be translated to "had," but it gets confusing. "Era" is simple past tense of "è" in general "era" means "was." "Era fantastico." means "It was fantastic."

But in circumstances where a verb takes essere (instead of avere) to form its perfect tenses, then "era" becomes "S/he had" or "It had" "Era venuto qui" means "He had come here." With reflexive verbs, you use essere, so "He had woken himself up" is "Si era svegliato."


Awful audio here. Eravamo/avevamo - I cannot tell the difference here


could it be 'where had we been' ?


Since there were no pastperfect choices among the options, I wrote: Where had we remained. It was accepted Jan2018


"Where had we left off?" was not accepted, but seems to be a valid translation. What do you think?


Could it also mean, where had we stayed?


That's exactly what it means because past perfect (trapassato prossimo) tense is supposed to be used in this module/lesson.


The prompt for "rimasti" offered "stayed" etc, but when included in the answer they are rejected. Why bother to add them as a prompt if their use in the answer is wrong?! Very confusing, and frustrating.


dov'eravamo anche giusto!!!


this sentence can be interpretated in many ways … so DL be tollerant please !


Why not "Dove eravamo rimaste" if females?


All the italians say "dov'eravamo rimasti". But for Duo it's wrong.


the new 'type what you hear' format makes it difficult to correct typos


Why do you need "rimasti" in the sentence. ?


when is it dove and when is it dov e


dove = where
dove + è = dov'è = where is he/she/it

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