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  1. Patricia
    July 1, 2020 @ 6:40 am

    Hello! Can you give some reasons and examples of why one would use the imperfetto or the passato prossimo for modal verbs?

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    • Serena
      July 1, 2020 @ 1:18 pm

      Ciao Patricia – I was planning to write about this interesting point this week – I am glad you anticipated me. Let me give you a couple of examples…

      + Ieri dovevo fare una chiamata…(maybe I made a phone call, maybe not)
      + Ieri ho dovuto fare una chiamata …(I made a phone call)

      The imperfect tense with modal verbs tells us we don’t know whether the actual action happened or not.
      The passato prossimo tells us the action did happen.

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  2. Patricia
    July 2, 2020 @ 6:06 am

    Ciao Serena, Grazie! Questa spiegazione è molto utile. Non vedo l’ora per la tua nuova posting!

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  3. Brian
    August 30, 2020 @ 11:19 pm

    I understand “non siamo potuti venire” but how is “ non potremmo venire” used ?

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    • Serena
      September 8, 2020 @ 8:39 pm

      non potremmo venire = we wouldn’t be able to come
      potremmo (simple conditional of “potere”)

      Happy to help!

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