Passato Prossimo

Jemma

Ciao, 

is the Passato Prossimo used in the same way as English?
Per esempio:
Io ho mangiato la pizza leri
Does this mean (I had pizza yesterday or I have eaten pizza yesterday?
I feel that the translation refers to the latter, however it could also be translated as the former. Which one is correct and why?

Grazie.

Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor

Hi Rachelyeo,

(Io) ho mangiato la pizza ieri translates "I ate pizza yesterday". When used to describe events that began and ended in the past, passato prossimo translates the English simple past. It also translates the present perfect tense as in "I've just finished my homework" - ho appena finito i compiti.

Hope this helps!

Lucia

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