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Passato – Verbi modali 1

87 [eighty-seven]

Past tense of modal verbs 1

Past tense of modal verbs 1

87 [ottantasette]


Passato – Verbi modali 1

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We had to water the flowers. Ab----- d----- i--------- i f----. Abbiamo dovuto innaffiare i fiori. 0 +
We had to clean the apartment. Ab----- d----- m------ i- o----- l-------------. Abbiamo dovuto mettere in ordine l’appartamento. 0 +
We had to wash the dishes. Ab----- d----- l----- i p-----. Abbiamo dovuto lavare i piatti. 0 +
Did you have to pay the bill? Av--- d----- p----- i- c----? Avete dovuto pagare il conto? 0 +
Did you have to pay an entrance fee? Av--- d----- p----- l---------? Avete dovuto pagare l’ingresso? 0 +
Did you have to pay a fine? Av--- d----- p----- u-- m----? Avete dovuto pagare una multa? 0 +
Who had to say goodbye? Da c-- h- d----- a-----------? Da chi ha dovuto accomiatarsi? 0 +
Who had to go home early? Ch- h- d----- a----- a c--- p-----? Chi ha dovuto andare a casa presto? 0 +
Who had to take the train? Ch- h- d----- p------- i- t----? Chi ha dovuto prendere il treno? 0 +
We did not want to stay long. No- v------- r------ a l----. Non volevamo restare a lungo. 0 +
We did not want to drink anything. No- v------- b--- n-----. Non volevamo bere niente. 0 +
We did not want to disturb you. No- v------- d---------. Non volevamo disturbare. 0 +
I just wanted to make a call. Vo---- s--- t---------. Volevo solo telefonare. 0 +
I just wanted to call a taxi. Vo---- c------- u- t----. Volevo chiamare un tassì. 0 +
Actually I wanted to drive home. In----- v----- a----- a c---. Infatti volevo andare a casa. 0 +
I thought you wanted to call your wife. Pe----- c-- t- v------ t--------- a t-- m-----. Pensavo che tu volessi telefonare a tua moglie. 0 +
I thought you wanted to call information. Pe----- c-- t- v------ c------- l- i-----------. Pensavo che tu volessi chiamare le informazioni. 0 +
I thought you wanted to order a pizza. Pe----- c-- t- v------ o------- u-- p----. Pensavo che tu volessi ordinare una pizza. 0 +

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