What is the meaning of credere di in Italian?
In today’s post, we’re going to focus on when we say credere di. And, just so you know, the same rules apply for pensare di.
Have a look at the following example:
Noi non crediamo di potere andare in vacanza.
We don’t think we can go on holiday.
As you can see, in English we didn’t translate non crediamo di as “don’t think of” but just as didn’t think, since otherwise it would just sound odd.
When do we say credere di?
You might be wondering why, then, we use credere di instead of just credere or credere che.
Basically, we use credere di when we want to carry on talking about another action and, thus, we use another verb in the infinitive (its base form, like potere).
Also, we use credere di when the subject in the first clause is the same as the subject in the second clause, as you can see below:
(1) Noi non crediamo di (2) potere andare in vacanza.
(1) We don’t think (2) we can go on holiday.
The subject is noi (we) in both clauses: the people who “don’t think” are the same who cannot “go on holiday”.
However, in Italian we don’t need to add a subject in the second clause (right after di) because, for us, it’s obvious it’s the same as the one in the first clause.
Here’s the structure: Subject +credere or pensare conjugated +di + verb in the infinitive.
When do we say credere che?
We wouldn’t use credere di if the subject in the first clause was different to the subject in the second clause, like in the sentence below:
(1) Noi non crediamo che (2) loro possano andare in vacanza.
(1) We don’t think (2) they can go on holiday.
In this case, the subject is noi (we) in the first clause and loro (they) in the second clause, so we cannot use credere di. We use credere che instead.
But don’t worry about credere che for now.
Just make sure you understand when we use credere di.
Credi di: examples
Let’s now have a look at some more examples:
Credi di essere divertente?
Do you think you’re funny?
Credo di volere venire anche io.
I think I want to come too.
Cosa credete di fare?
What do you think you’re doing?
Credo di aver capito.
I think I understood.
Non credono di aver fatto nulla di grave.
They don’t think they did anything serious.
Lei crede di aver fatto la cosa giusta.
She thinks she did the right thing.
Non credo di mangiare tanto.
I don’t think I’m eating too much.
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