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Post by Reggitano » Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:11 pm

I have a question about usage of the word combinare.

The literal meaning is to combine, put together, etc. But my question is about the connotation it has. I've heard it used to mean something pejorative, like when a child makes a mess and someone says “Che cosa hai combinato?” Or someone saying “Ho combinato un pasticcio!”

But does it always carry this negative meaning, or does it depend on context and usage? For example, can it be used in a way that has no negative connotations whatsoever? If not, what other word would be used to convey the English word combine? Force example “I combined the ingredients to make a soup.”

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