How to use ALMENO in Italian

How do you use the word almeno in Italian? What does it mean? How do you pronounce it?

In this lesson, we will look at how to use this word along with many audio recordings and example sentences. Read on to learn everything you need to know!

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Almeno in Italian

What is almeno?

Almeno is an adverb that can be translated into English as “at least”.

Almeno
At least

If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, refer to the Italian pronunciation guide.

Now, let’s see a couple of example sentences with almeno in Italian, before taking a look at how to use this word.

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Costerà almeno 5 dollari.
It’ll cost at least five dollars.

Dovresti lavarti i denti almeno due volte al giorno.
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day.

Il viaggio durerà almeno cinque giorni.
The trip will take at least five days.

Ci vorrà almeno un’ora per andarci.
It’ll take at least one hour to go there.

Potresti almeno dire “grazie”.
You might at least say “thank you.”

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Now let’s see what the use of almeno in Italian is.


Use of almeno in Italian

We’ve said that almeno in Italian is an adverb that translates to the English adverb “at least”.

Almeno sets a lower limit that is best not to cross, just as “at least”.

Veronica ha visto almeno cinquanta film l’anno scorso.
Last year, Veronica saw at least fifty films.

In this example, Veronica saw more than 50 movies. 50 is the lower limit that’s introduced by almeno.

Ho sempre letto almeno due libri al mese.
I’ve always read at least two books a month.

In this other example, “2 books” is the lower limit.

Almeno, when preceded by se (if) in the expression se almeno, can also translate if only to introduce an intense longing or a regret for something that could have been but isn’t.

In this case, however, you will need to conjugate the main verb in the imperfect subjunctive tense (congiuntivo imperfetto).

Se solo non stesse nevicando così forte!
If only it weren’t snowing so hard!
(longing)

Se solo potessi guidare un’auto.
If only I could drive a car.
(longing)

Se solo avessi studiato di più per l’esame!
If only I had studied harder for the exam!
(regret)

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Synonyms for almeno are se non altro and per lo meno, also written as perlomeno. These are not 100% interchangeable with almeno, but can replace this word in sentences where almeno introduces a whole clause, not a noun.

Se non altro and perlomeno can also be translated into English as if anything.

Se non altro, il tetto non ha subìto danni.
If anything, the roof was not damaged.
(Almeno il tetto non ha subìto danni.)

Perlomeno non ha nevicato.
At least it didn’t snow.
(Almeno non ha nevicato.)

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And that’s it, now you know how to use almeno in Italian!


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