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Some other common conjunctions - Easy Learning Grammar Italian

  • The following conjunctions are used a lot in colloquial Italian:
  • allora so, right then
Allora, cosa pensi?So, what do you think?
Allora, cosa facciamo stasera?Right then, what shall we do this evening?
  • dunque so, well
Ha sbagliato lui, dunque è giusto che paghi.It was his mistake, so it’s right he should pay.
Dunque, come dicevo…Well, as I was saying…
  • quindi so
L’ho già visto, quindi non vado.I’ve already seen it, so I’m not going.
  • però but, however, though
Mi piace, però è troppo caro.I like it – but it’s too expensive.
Non è l’ideale, però può andare.It’s not ideal, however it’ll do.
Sì, lo so – strano però.Yes, I know – it’s odd though.
  • invece actually
Ero un po’ pessimista, ma invece è andato tutto bene.I wasn’t too hopeful, but actually it all went fine.
Tipinvece is often used for emphasis in Italian – it isn’t always translated in English.
Ho pensato che fosse lui, ma invece no.I thought it was him but it wasn’t.
  • anzi in fact
Non mi dispiace, anzi sono contento.I don’t mind, in fact I’m glad.
  • quando when
Giocano fuori quando fa bel tempo.They play outside when the weather’s nice.
  • Note that in sentences referring to the future, the future tense is used after quando.
Lo farò quando avrò tempo.I’ll do it when I have time.
  • mentre while
È successo mentre eri fuori.It happened while you were out.
  • come as
Ho fatto come hai detto tu.I did as you told me.
  • Note that quando and mentre tell you WHEN something happens; come tells you HOW something happens.

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