"He visits his friend."

Translation:Lui va a trovare il suo amico.

August 4, 2013



I understand why, in the Infinitive Verbs section, we are using this translation, but why is "He visits" made so difficult when "Lui visita il suo amico" means the same thing?

The literal translation of the inital answer is "He goes to find his friend". That is far different than visiting a friend.

Perhaps it is the word "visits" that doesn't belong, in that case-- or have we stumbled upon another common idiom?

August 4, 2013


It's an idiom. Andare a trovare means to go and see or to look up or to visit.

August 4, 2013


Thanks, Viaggiatore. That makes it clearer now...just another idiom to learn. Gosh knows, all languages must have some, if not, many!

July 23, 2014


I expect you know the answer to this by now, but for the benefit of anyone else going through the tree:

'Visitare' is used for 'to visit' only in certain contexts. It implies an examination - you use it for example when you say you 'visit' your doctor.

'Andare a trovare' or 'venire a trovare' are used for 'to visit' in other contexts. If you are talking to the person you are visiting, you use 'venire a trovare', otherwise you use 'andare a trovare'.

Here is a guide: http://italian.engagedthinking.com/lessons/Lesson_194.pdf

April 19, 2015


Thank you for the explanation

July 11, 2015


So, would I translate 'Why don't you come visit me?' as 'Perche non mi vieni a trovare?'

September 9, 2016


Yes, or «perché non vieni a trovarmi?».

September 10, 2016


'Va DA trovare' means 'goes to find', while 'va A trovare' is an idiom like viaggiatore pointed out, and mean 'visit'. So only one word (in this case a preposition) can make a difference!

December 8, 2014


"Andare da trovare" doesn't mean anything in Italian.

February 21, 2016


In the common language you never going to use the "fa visita" form, maybe only in a real ceremonious context

August 12, 2014


why do i need the article il in front of suo? for lui visita suo amico

August 23, 2016


You have to use the article unless you're referring to close family

September 10, 2016


Can someone translate these three English sentences?

He is going to visit his friend.

He visits his friend.

He is visiting his friend.

January 2, 2017


Thats how i feel. Im new to Italian, but isn't there 7 different verb tenses, so "to go and visit should be different from "to visit, and from "is visiting

May 1, 2017


Visita was not suggested...

November 17, 2017


Well! Thank you all! Live and learn! ...but what is the difference between visiting one's parents, say, or going to find them (if they were missing or in a crowd)?

February 19, 2018


Visits = trovare???

August 27, 2017
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