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 ‘seguiva‘.
My dictionary gives this as:
seguiva (vi. & vt.) = (he, she, it followed)
seguiva is the 3rd personal singular imperfect indicative (3° persona singolare dell’indicativo imperfetto) of the verb seguire
Here is an example:
L’uomo che seguiva le nuvole.
The man who followed the clouds.
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 prato o nell’azzurro del cielo, li seguiva
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 meadow or in the blue of the sky, she followed them
I have seen a poor blackcap locked in a cage: shy, 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 meadow or in the blue of the sky, she followed them
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