Here’s an exercise on ‘passato remoto’, which I admit to hardly knowing at all.
I scored 7/12 when I tested it – I’m sure you’ll do better!
So why do I hardly know this tense at all, even after seventeen years living in Italy?
It’s partly due to the fact I’m very lazy / busy trying to earn a living (depends who you talk to…)
But also because, except in certain areas in the south of Italy, the use of the passato remoto is largely restricted to written narratives such as novels.
Certainly, in Emilia-Romagna, where I live, it’s never heard.
So, if you read novels, you’ll see a lot of it.
If not, you can more or less ignore it.
By the way, there are some general conjugation notes on passato remoto here.
And you can find conjugations of verbs in this tense in our excellent verb conjugator, which at last count had over 600 verbs!
The first on the list is abbaiare, which means ‘to bark’.
It sounds a little like ‘to bay’, doesn’t it?
Which should help you remember.
Io abbaiai – I barked, remotely, in the past.
You’d definitely outscore me then.
Book of the Day
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OK, today’s ‘Book of the Day’, as a detective story, is one of my favorites!
We’re in Rome, it’s mid-summer, and the temperature outside is so high that sensible people stay at home with the shutters closed and the air-conditioning at maximum.
So a private detective is surprised to receive a phone call from the son of one of the city’s great families…
Will he agree to investigate the theft of a famous painting?
Un furto ad arte (the title is a pun – something like ‘a state of the art, art theft’), by Martina Landini, is another of our earliest Italian easy readers.
It’s also one of the longest, so you’ll be sure to get lots of value in terms of reading and listening practice!
On the cover the level says B1/B2 (intermediate / upper-intermediate) but, if you ask me, it’s quite manageable for anyone other than complete beginners (and well worth the effort!)
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