Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb bocciare, which means to fail.

Be careful in how you construct your phrases using this verb. When referring to failing something, you have to use the verb in the passive voice. To say that you have failed an exam, you use the expression essere bocciato a un esame to indicate that you have failed an exam. When the verb is used with avere, it means that someone has failed someone else.

You can also expression to fail with the expression non passare (NB: Note the use of the negative in Italian).

See the verb used below:

Che cavolo! Quell’esame di statistica era impossibile; sono sicuro di essere stato bocciato.

Dang! That statistics exam was impossible; I am sure I failed.

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