chapter  26
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Verbs and prepositions

I’ve paid for the drinks and the hotel I’ve paid for them, I’ve paid for it I’ve paid the bill, I’ve paid Mimi, I’ve paid her

To pay for sb.; to pay sb.’s …

Pago sempre per lui Gli pago sempre l’affitto Le pago spesso la cena

I always pay for him I always pay his rent I often pay for her dinner

bastare to be enough to bisognare to be necessary to convenire to be a good idea to/best (to) dispiacere to be sorry to/mind …ing interessare to be interested to/in …ing piacere to like to/…ing spettare to be one’s duty/up to s.b to

essere difficile to be difficult to essere facile to be easy to essere giusto to be fair to essere importante to be important to essere meglio to be better/best to essere necessario to be necessary to essere utile to be useful to

Examples: Bisogna uscire You have to go out Non m’interessa vederlo I’m not interested in seeing him Gli spetta farlo It’s up to him to do it Non è facile capire It’s not easy to understand Note: In some cases there is no preposition in English either: Mi conviene partire I had better leave

dovere to have to potere to be able to

sapere to know volere to want to

amare to like, to love to/…ing desiderare to wish, to want to detestare to detest, hate to/…ing

preferire to prefer to odiare to hate to/…ing osare to dare (to)

Examples: Devo studiare I have to study Preferisci pagare adesso? Do you prefer to pay now? Note: in some cases there is no preposition in English either: Ti dispiace chiamare più tardi? Do you mind calling later? Detesto aspettare I hate waiting (to wait)

assistere a to attend sth. assomigliare a to look like sb. aver diritto a to be entitled to disubbidire a to disobey sb.