I think the reason many of these sound awkward in English is not because the translation is wrong per se but rather it's a way (via literal translation) to think about how it's written in Italian. I'm assuming whoever wrote this didn't want to say "Did you leave me one of them?" because we're not supposed to use the passato prossimo. =D
thank you sandra - am still getting to grips with usage of the subjunctive - and taking encouragement from another post somewhere that some usages of it may die out to replaced by simpler form conveying the same meaning. In the meantime, have a lingot - thanks for your continued help.
It's because of the 'ne'. When you get two of these objects together, the first one often changes.
ti -> te: ti racconto la verità (I'll tell you the truth) -> te la racconto
and mi -> me in:
mi scuso (I apologise) -> me ne scuso (I apologise for that)
You also see ci -> ce in 'ce l'ho' (I have it) and 'ce la faccio' (I can do it) .. tho' I confess I'm wobbly on the meaning of those two without the second object. If Sandra Buck is out there, I am sure she can give us some better examples.
Have a sunshine day, K. :)
This seems comprehensive resource, Brynds9, though I can't vouch for its accuracy (I'm a learner, too)
No worries, it's advanced. 'lasci uno?' is the base.. 'will you leave one?' Lasciare being 'to leave.' 'Me' just means 'for me' because it's at the beginning and receives the action. 'Ne' is a pronoun that means 'of an amount.' In this case it means 'of them.'
'Ne' is weird because in English we would just say 'Do you have any left?' but in Italian you have to say 'Do you have any OF THEM left.' because Italians have sentence-aggravated OCD.
You will get it. It is used to replace a bunch of words in a sentence. Instead of saying "do you want 'one of those candies' " in english you would say, "do you want one of those". In italian instead of saying "Vuoi una di queste caramelle?" you would say "Ne vuoi una?" The 'ne' replaces the 'di queste caramelle". The explanation in the clitics section isn't overly clear, but as I started going through the exercises keeping this in mind, i finally started getting them correct.