io possa

drewster

Hi,

This week's Rocket Fuel has the phrase io possa with the English translation of I can.

I can does translate io possa but only as a subjunctive and there isn't any explanation or sentence given for context. Shouldn't it really be io posso or at least have a bit of a discussion around the definition?

Drew

Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor

Hi Drew,

Is it a single entry, with no context whatsoever? As you said the translation can change depending on context, so anything may help. Does Rocket Fuel contain a list of words that are taken directly from the lessons?

Lucia

drewster

Hi Lucia,

Single entry, no context whatsoever. In Rocket Fuel it just says "Time to learn a new phrase" with the english & Italian, and there's a link:

https://members.rocketlanguages.com/members/phrase/28744?ln=en

... which says "Phrase of the week", again with no context.

Drew

Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor

Hi Drew,

I think that's a random phrase that's chosen, so that's why it may lack context. Just to make sure, I went to check and it's indeed an entry of lesson 14.7, under the "potere (can)" conjugation!

Lucia

cyboteur

Ciao Drew,

In case you haven't found examples in the lesson yet, here are a few that I hope can help.

1) Credi che (io) possa imparare l'italiano in tre mesi?
     Do you think I can learn Italian in three months?
2) Magari non perfettamente, ma penso che tu possa imparare parecchio in tre mesi.
     Not perfectly, perhaps, but I think you can learn a lot in three months.
2) Non credo che Carlo possa venire stasera.
     I don't think Carlo can come tonight.

Francesca

drewster

Grazie Francesca, molto utile.

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