84 Make It in Time, Get Things Done: More Verbs

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I will now introduce a couple of very useful verbs and their families.

The first verb pair is quite common, but there’s no exact English translation:

stizati (stiže) ~ stići (stigne, stigao, stigla) get, arrive, make on time

This verb pair means, basically get to the destination, i.e. arrive. For example:

Pismo je stiglostići
past-n
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The letter has arrived.

(In the above example, definiteness of the letter is implied by placing the subject first, therefore the letter.)

However, this verb pair has another, very frequent meaning, do something, come somewhere on time. For example:

Stiglistići
past-pl
smo na sastanak.
We got to the meeting on time.

Sometimes the meaning can be ambiguous, it could be simply arrive, but it could be also get on time, so a phrase na vrijeme on time can be added to make it clear:

Stiglistići
past-pl
smo na sastanak na vrijeme.
We got to the meeting on time. (no ambiguity)

Then, this pair can mean have time to do something – of course, usually used in negative, since people mostly don't have time to do something – and the action you were able to do (or weren't) is in inf:

Nisam stiglastići
past-f
pročitati knjigu.
I didn't have time to read the book (all of it).

Note that the perf. verb means you weren't able to read it to the end, but you maybe did read a bit of it; using an impf. verb expresses you didn't have time for any reading:

Nisam stiglastići
past-f
čitati knjigu.
I didn't have time to read the book (at all).

As you can see, mostly the perf. verb stići (stigne, stigao, stigla) is used, to express past or future; the impf. verb is used for ongoing things or repeated things in the future and past.

This is a place to examine how various meanings of the English verb make are expressed in Croatian?

The rest is coming soon...

Verbs to be described here:

žuriti

obavljati ~ obaviti do, perform, make done

kasniti ~ za- («) be late, run late

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