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When does passato prossimo become passato remoto?

I have searched past questions but cannot find an answer. Now I have reached a point in my learning when I am brave enough to use more then the present tense. I am confused about the difference ...
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Present perfect vs simple past from a geographical perspective

This question deals with the usage of passato prossimo vs passato remoto from a grammatical perspective and the answers cover the subject quite extensively. There is a hint at the geographical ...
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Which one is correct: "ho dimenticato" or "mi sono dimenticato"?

I always thought that dimenticare follows the same past forming rule as other mind verbs like pensare (ho pensato), ragionare (ho ragionato), credere (ho creduto). In Italy I encountered the form ...
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Qual è l'uso corretto dei tempi verbali in queste frasi?

Ho scritto questa frase: "Mio padre, per primo, strinse amicizia con voi e l'ha protratta fino alla fine della vita". Ma è corretto l'uso del passato prossimo ("ha protratta") nella seconda frase se ...
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Agreement of past participle of verb after direct object pronouns in 1st/2nd person

I am aware that the past participle of a verb which comes after a direct object pronoun in 3rd person must agree in gender and number with the pronoun. Is the same obligatory for 1st/2nd persons ...
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"Sarei potuta essere arrivata prima" vs. "Sarei potuta arrivare prima"

Supponiamo io abbia partecipato ad una gara e, per un evento sfortunato ed evitabile, sono arrivata seconda. Come potrei grammaticalmente esprimere ciò? con a) o con b)? a) Sarei potuta essere ...
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