Asked • 05/28/19

What does "v'ha" mean?

In Felice Romani's libretto *Il Pirata*, there is a line that I'm having trouble translating / understanding. V'ha un Nume protettor Della sventura.I showed this to my native-Italian aunt (who admits she is very out of practice) and she thinks it's an archaic spelling of "va". I did a follow-up search on Treccani and Google, and I can't really find anything supporting that.Instead, I found one source that claimed this is a form of "keep you", so the sentence would be *"Un Nume protettore vi ha della sventura."*, or *"A protector god will keep you from misfortune."*This seems more likely, but I'm still a bit doubtful. Could someone please clarify this interesting usage of avere?

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Breanna C. answered • 06/20/19

Italian/Spanish Teacher & Writer

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