Melissa(and Cheryl)disegno wrote: ma ora devo chiedere Carol in un altro posto per spiegare ancora la differenza tra metterci e volerci.....
Is "Carol" a typo for "Carlo"? Melissa, you gave Cheryl some excellent examples. Of course if Cheryl has only learnt ci=noi=us the idiomatic use of "ci" in "metterci" would confuse her.
Now coming to your question. I hope Alfry will butt in if I miss something(alfry & I are a team) but in pratica "ci vuole" is more general, eg you can say "ci vuole molta pazienza per fare l'insegnante(o per sopportare i mods italiani a WR lol) ", "ci vogliono tre uova, 100g di burro ....per fare questo dolce", whereas "metterci" is only used for time.
And secondly, although both can be used, when talking about "the time it takes to do sthg"you get a more natural sentence if
1) you use "ci vuole/vogliono" in general, ie "it takes..."
Ci vogliono due ore da Napoli a Roma
2)you use "ci metto" when saying how long it takes "you":
Ci metto 2 ore per andare a Roma.
Hey guys, I think I'm working really hard to give some grammar help but we still can't get the other members to come out of hiding. Don't know what else to do. I can't strip online and I'm not sure that would attract anyone .
Melissa and Mindy - any suggestions? This forum is unique - learners writing in Italian without feeling inhibited.
OK, I'm off the pulpit
buona domenica a tutti
PS Exciting news. I'm meeting a member from WR. We'll be going to Naples, the Amalfi coast and Paestum. If you don't hear from me..well, they say some serial killers stalk the net