prima che mia moglie diventasse vegetariana

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TomPalermo
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prima che mia moglie diventasse vegetariana

Post by TomPalermo » Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:20 am

hello, in the following sentence why is diventare in the imperfect. I thought the imperfect was used after if se

prima che mia moglie diventasse vegetariana l'avevo sempre considerata del tutto insignificante.


thank you so much,
Tom

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Re: prima che mia moglie diventasse vegetariana

Post by calum » Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:32 pm

Hi Tom,

it's the imperfect subjunctive (congiuntivo imperfetto), which is rendered necessary by the phrase 'prima che'.

There is a good podcast lesson here: http://www.gaudio.org/lezioni/grammatica/grammatica.xml called 'Il congiuntivo e I suoi tempi'.

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