Avevo già intuito che ci sarebbe stato questo problema

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by Panzamodda, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. Panzamodda Junior Member

    Italiano
    Avevo già intuito che ci sarebbe stato questo problema

    Hey evrebody. Il contesto: avevo organizzato una cena a casa mia mandando un invito su facebook. Un mio amico ha scritto, molto dispiaciuto, che a causa di alcuni problemi con la ragazza ( di cui ero gia a conoscenza), non potrá esserci. Io volevo scrivergli una cosa di questo tipo, ma in inglese come é possibile renderla letterarmente?

    My attempt

    Don't worry, I've already had a hunch there would have been this problem!
     
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2014
  2. MR1492

    MR1492 Senior Member

    Bowie, MD
    English -USA
    Panzamodda,

    Non c'è male. Ma, una suggerimento!

    Phil
     
  3. rrose17

    rrose17 Senior Member

    Montreal
    Canada, English
    Another suggestion
    Yeah, I figured there might be a problem.
     
  4. Panzamodda Junior Member

    Italiano
    Oh thank both of you, could I ask you if my attempt is completly wrong, and if it's, why? Also I'd like to know why "had a hunch" and not "have had a hunch".

    Grazieeee
     
  5. Rob625

    Rob625 Senior Member

    Murlo (SI)
    English - England
    I love brevity and simplicity in English, so my favourite way to say this would be:
    I thought this might happen.
    (In the context, "this" is clearly a problem.)

    Alternatively:
    I had a hunch this problem might happen.

    I teach English to Italians, and it isn't always easy to explain why the past simple is better than present perfect in some cases (as here), or vice versa. Some cases are clear, but others aren't.

    Here, "I have had a hunch" sounds strange to me, and I would need to work quite hard to invent a story in which it would be the more natural thing to say. Maybe: I invited them, but then came a flash of intuition. Now I have had a hunch; if I had had it before, I wouldn't have invited them.
     
  6. Panzamodda Junior Member

    Italiano
    It's perfect, clear and easy just like an english teacher! Thank you a lot! And sorry for my poor english, I've been studying it for 3 months, so I hope to improve it!
     

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