My Italian word of the day: era

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I have set myself the challenge of translating ‘Storia di una Capinera’ by Giovanni Verga into English at the rate of a word a day.


The next word we shall look at is ‘era’.

My dictionary gives this as:

era (vi) = he was, she was, it was

era is the 3rd personal singular imperfect indicative (3° persona singolare dell’indicativo imperfetto) of the verb essere = to be


Here is an example:

C’era una volta = There was a time (once upon a time)


The story so far

Original Text:

Storia di una  capinera

Avevo visto una povera capinera chiusa in gabbia: era

My translation:

Story of a blackcap

I had seen a poor blackcap locked in a cage: it was



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