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I was reading a sentence as:

...La polizia sospetta si tratti un gruppo di persone...

How could this sentence be rephrased? Is si tratti a formal phrase? If I am right, is there a spoken way for it?

The reason I think so is I usually read this kind of verb but haven't heard it in dialogues.

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  • FabioSpaghetti, I took the liberty of partially rewriting your question to make it more readable. In particular, note that you say un gruppo di persone, not un gruppo delle persone. – DaG Jan 22 '17 at 17:40
  • that's the conjunctive tense of the verb "trattare" with an impersonal use. I think that the phrase is not completely correct. The correct form should be: "La polizia sospetta (che) si tratti di un gruppo di persone..." The verb "Trattare" is used here with the meaning of "to be a question (of)"; "to be a matter (of)"; to have to do (with) see treccani.it/vocabolario/trattare point 4. – Riccardo De Contardi Jan 22 '17 at 17:44
  • Ok thank you Riccardo, so how would you rephrase it? – FabioSpaghetti Jan 22 '17 at 17:46
  • I mean using another verb instead of trattare – FabioSpaghetti Jan 22 '17 at 17:46
  • The full sentence could help to find a good alternative; but you could as well use the verb "to be": "La polizia sospetta che (ci) sia un gruppo di persone..." If you prefer, you could use the expression "to have to do (with)": "La polizia sospetta di avere a che fare con un gruppo di persone..." – Riccardo De Contardi Jan 22 '17 at 17:51
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That phrase uses in an impersonal way the subjunctive mood of the verb "trattare"; but I think that the phrase is not completely correct. The correct phrase should be:

La polizia sospetta (che) si tratti di un gruppo di persone...

(The conjunction "che" can be omitted).

The verb "trattare" is used here with the meaning of "to be a question (of)"; "to be a matter (of)"; "to have to do (with)" see treccani.it/vocabolario/trattare point 4

The full sentence could help to find a good alternative, but you could as well use the verb essere ("to be"):

La polizia sospetta che (ci) sia un gruppo di persone...

If you prefer, you could use the expression to "to have to do (with)":

La polizia sospetta di avere a che fare con un gruppo di persone...

I would not recommend this expression, especially for writing, because it is a bit too verbose. I think that even the usage of "trattare" would be discouraged for example on a newspaper article.

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...La polizia sospetta che un gruppo di persone sia coinvolto...

...La polizia sospetta che un gruppo di persone sia responsabile...

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