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 new word in the text is ‘guardava’.
My dictionary gives this as:
guardava (vi & vt) = was watching, watched
guardava is the 3rd personal singular imperfect indicative (3° persona singolare dell’indicativo imperfetto) of the verb guardare = to watch
Here is an example:
L’uomo che guardava passare i treni = The man who watched the trains go by
The story so far
Storia di una capinera
Avevo visto una povera capinera chiusa in gabbia: era timide, triste, malaticcia ci guardava
Story of a blackcap
I had seen a poor blackcap locked in a cage: it was timid, sad, sickly it watched us
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