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Amela
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Verb Question

Post by Amela » Thu Dec 16, 2004 7:02 pm

A correction from another post. . .
Grazie per aver mandato i messaggi a Roby.
Why would we say "aver mandato" rather than "hai mandato." (I was thanking Mindy for sending Roby secret elf messages while I was out of town).

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Re: Verb Question

Post by Mindy » Thu Dec 16, 2004 10:47 pm

Amela wrote:A correction from another post. . .
Grazie per aver mandato i messaggi a Roby.
Why would we say "aver mandato" rather than "hai mandato." (I was thanking Mindy for sending Roby secret elf messages while I was out of town).

Amy
Amy,

Grazie per aver mandato.... = Thank you for sending....

In this sentence, the infinitive form of the verb "avere" is acting as a gerund in the past tense.

Taken from: http://www.geocities.com/f_pollett/i-18-1.htm

In Italian, the gerund is never used to express the verb impersonally, as to describe an activity, as it is in English. For this purpose, in Italian either the infinitive tense or a specific noun referred to the verb are used:

leggere (or la lettura) è una cosa positiva = reading is a positive thing
odio guardare la televisione = I hate watching the television
fumare (or il fumo) è una cattiva abitudine = smoking (or smoke) is a bad habit
correre (or la corsa) è uno sport molto comune = running is a very common sport
dormire (or il sonno) è la nostra attività preferita = sleeping is our favourite activity

Hope this helps!

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Post by Amela » Thu Dec 16, 2004 11:24 pm

Mindy,

I think that helps. . .we'll see the next time I write a sentence when I need to use it! :D

Amy

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