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
Storia di una capinera
Avevo visto una povera capinera chiusa in gabbia: era
Story of a blackcap
I had seen a poor blackcap locked in a cage: it was
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