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 ‘del‘.
My dictionary gives this as:
del (prep. & art.) = of the
It is made up of two words:
di (prep.) = of
il (art. m) = the
When the definite article ‘il’ is preceded by the preposition ‘di’ the article and preposition are usually combined in one word ‘del’.
Here is an example:
La parola del giorno = the word of the day
The story so far
Storia di una capinera
Avevo visto una povera capinera chiusa in gabbia: era timide, triste, malaticcia ci guardava con occhio spaventato; si rifuggiava in un angolo della sua gabbia, e allorché udiva il canto allegro degli altri uccelletti che cinguettavano sul verde del
Story of a blackcap
I had seen a poor blackcap locked in a cage: it was timid, sad, sickly it watched us with terrified eye; taking shelter in a corner of its cage, and when it heard the joyful song of the other small birds that were singing on the green of the
I have seen a poor blackcap locked in a cage: timid, sad and sickly; cowering in a corner of her cage; she watched us with one terrified eye. On hearing the cheerful sound of the other small birds singing on the green of the
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