Carlo Barabucci
what I done? what did I do? sono ambedue corrette? Sono sempre intercambiabili?
Jan 31, 2017 1:50 PM
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Hello Carlo, These are two different sentences to be used in two different situations. What did I do? You are talking about a specific occasion in the past and the outcome is complete. What did I do? - I broke the window. (It is now repaired so everything is finished) What HAVE I done? - something which has occurred probably very recently which is having an effect now. What have I done? - I've cut the power to the computer (Now the computer won't boot because something is corrupted.) Hope this helps Bob
January 31, 2017
Hi Carlo, I don't speak Italian, so I don't know if this is a direct translation or not, but there are two main ways you can say this: "What did I do?" This way is more indefinite. It may refer to any moment in the past. "What have I done?" This way is usually more immediate. It's more often (although not always) used to refer to an event that just ended. It also usually comes across more negatively, whereas "what did I do" can be used to refer to anything you did/didn't do. Here are some examples... A: You're going to burn in hell! B: What did I do? Here, B is simply wondering why A is condemning him to eternal damnation. A: There's rat poison on the floor and your dog is sick! B: Oh no, what have I done? Why didn't I put the rat poison away? Here, B is expressing regret for a mistake he made that led to a consequence he just discovered. I hope my answer helps. Please let me know if it doesn't.
January 31, 2017
what HAVE I done and what did I do are very similar. For most occasions, they are intercambiabili, certainly from a beginner's standpoint.
April 1, 2017
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