Loro hanno combattuto il nemico.

English Translation

They fought the enemy.

Would lottato work as a drop-in replacement?

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Ciao @morbrorper I tend to use “lottare” for children or chaps fighting and combattere for battles of a more serious nature! Sarà interessante saperne di più;-)


You could use “lottare”, but it is an intransitive verb. So you need to use “Hanno lottato contro (o con) il nemico”.

But if it is a war or a battle we are talking about, “lottare” is not appropriate.
It really means “to wrestle”, or “to struggle”.

You can also use in sentence like “lottare per un’idele” (to fight for an ideal) or “lottare contro il sonno” (to struggle to keep awake).