Venire descritto

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by Hockey13, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. Hockey13

    Hockey13 Senior Member

    Irvine, California
    AmEnglish/German
    Ciao, ragazzi. Mi domandavo che cosa questa costruzione vuol dire e se è molto usata. Mi impazze adesso da ore..

    Come viene descritto il loro temperamento e come si comportano con i nuovi arrivati?

    Letterale...

    How [does it come described] their temperament and how do they act with the new arrivals.

    Miglior inglese...

    How is their temperament described and how do they act to the new arrivals?

    Voglio proprio capire se venire + participio è normale...grazie, amici.
     
  2. elroy

    elroy Motley mod

    Chicago, IL
    American English, Palestinian Arabic
    It's just another way to express the passive (although it is not always interchangeable with "essere + participle").

    Viene descritto./È descritto. - It is described.

    If I had to describe the difference between the two, I'd say that "venire" emphasizes the action while "essere" emphasizes the result. It's kind of like the difference between "wird beschrieben" and "ist beschrieben" in German (wobei die Unterscheidung im Deutschen strenger ist).

    And yes, it is very common.
     
  3. confusion

    confusion Senior Member

    Italy
    Italian
    You're right...it's definetely very common!

    And thanks for the explanation "auf Deutsch" too. :D
     
  4. Siberia

    Siberia Senior Member

    UK-Wales - English
    Hope you don't mind.
     

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