when/how to use abbia?

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zollen
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when/how to use abbia?

Post by zollen » Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:27 pm

Would anyone explain the usage of abbia?

Thanks.

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Re: when/how to use abbia?

Post by Peter » Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:34 pm

zollen wrote:Would anyone explain the usage of abbia?

Thanks.

abbia is the singular form of the present subjunctive tense of avere. It is the same for each of the first, second and third persons, and therefore you must use the personal pronoun. I don't know if you have covered the subjunctive mood. If not, enter subjunctive in the search box at the top of the page; you will find cover 450 pages where the word is mentioned! :) :)

Examples:

Penso che lei abbia un buon conoscenza della lingua italiana
I think she has a good knowledge of the Italian language

Credere che tu abbia torto
I believe you are wrong

È possibile che tu abbia ragione
It is possible that you are right.

Note the inclusion of che in the above examples. Che is necessary when using verbs like pensare, credere, sperare, and other verbs that indicate a possible rather than a definite meaning. You should also use the subjunctive when saying 'you do not know that (something)' - non lo so che io abbia il tempo di fare tut to questo (I don't know if I have time to do all this).

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Re: when/how to use abbia?

Post by calum » Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:34 pm

There's very little I can add to Peter's explanation, other than to mention that abbia is also the 3rd person singular of avere in the imperative. The context in which you found the word should tell you whether you're dealing with the subjunctive or the imperative.

Could you tell us the sentence?

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Calum

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Re: when/how to use abbia?

Post by calum » Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:28 am

Zollen,

you should also revisit this thread for information on abbia.

regards,
Calum

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