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Common Italian Phrases

A list of the most common Italian phrases ordered by their frequency of use. Normally these phrases have meanings that are more than the sum of their parts, more than their component words would indicate, so they are good to learn even if you know their individual words.

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Rank Phrase Meanings
1 se non 1. conj. if not
2. conj. but, except
3. conj. unless
2 il suo 1. pron. his (that which belongs to him)
3 la sua 1. pron. his (that which belongs to him)
4 i suoi 1. pron. his (that which belongs to him)
5 ci sono 1. v. there are
6 per questo 1. adv. for this reason, for that reason, for this, this is why
7 come se 1. conj. As if, as though (Latin quasi)
8 e allora 1. interj. so what
9 il nostro 1. pron. ours
10 le sue 1. pron. his (that which belongs to him)
11 anche se 1. adv. even if
12 che cosa 1. pron. what (interrogative pronoun)
13 in fondo 1. adv. at the bottom, at the end, at the back, in the back
2. adv. after all, all things considered
14 fino a 1. prep. up to (no more than)
2. prep. till, until, to (time)
3. prep. to, as far as, up to (location)
15 a volte 1. adv. sometimes, at times
16 alla fine 1. adv. Variant of alfine
17 di nuovo 1. adv. again, anew
2. interj. goodbye
18 ogni tanto 1. adv. occasionally, sometimes, now and then, every now and then, from time to time
19 prima o poi 1. adv. sooner or later
20 per esempio 1. adv. for example, for instance
21 per quanto 1. conj. as far as, much as, as much as, however much
22 per sempre 1. adv. forever, for ever, forevermore, for good
23 a lungo 1. adv. a long time, for a long time, for ages
2. adv. at length
24 del tutto 1. adv. fully, completely, totally, quite, entirely
25 per caso 1. adv. by chance
26 ogni giorno 1. adv. daily (every day)
27 di prima 1. adj. previous, former
28 del genere 1. adj. like that, this kind of, that kind of
29 se stesso 1. pron. himself, itself, oneself
30 di notte 1. adj. night (attributive)
2. adv. at night
3. adv. by night
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