Meaning of prossimo

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Post by Massimo » Thu May 19, 2011 6:47 am

"Prossimo" has basically got two meanings:

"Next", as an adjective, and "neighbour" as a noun (in sentences like "love thy neighbour).

It is also used in linguistic contexts to mean "very recent". Indeed, the "Passato Prossimo" indicates a very recent past (compared to "Passato Remoto", which indicates a more distant past, that is).

In English the word "perfect" literally means "made complete" or "completely done, which is what happens with past tenses.

Hope this helps! :D

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