How to use ANZI in Italian

How do you use the word anzi 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!

Iniziamo! Let’s go!

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Anzi in Italian

What is anzi?

Anzi is a conjunction that most commonly means “actually”, “on the contrary” and “in fact. It can also translate “rather” and “instead”, so this little word has multiple purposes.

Anzi
Actually, on the contrary, in fact, instead, rather

Its pronunciation is close to un-tsee. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, refer to the Italian pronunciation guide.

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

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Luca non è mai in ritardo, anzi è sempre in anticipo.
Luke is never late; actually, he is always early.

Potrei avere una birra? Anzi no, mi porti un bicchiere di limonata, per favore.
Could I have a beer? Actually no, bring me a glass of lemonade, please.

Va male, anzi malissimo.
It’s bad, in fact very bad.

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


Use of anzi in Italian

Anzi is used to emphasize or rephrase a statement. It states the opposite of what you’ve just said or it serves as an intensifier.

It can stand alone at the end of a sentence to invite someone to go ahead.

Ti dispiace se prendo in prestito la tua penna? – No, anzi! Fai pure.
Do you mind if I borrow your pen? – Not at all! Go ahead.

It can give a positive nuance to the sentence, such as in…

Ivan non è affatto un cattivo giocatore, anzi, è il più bravo della squadra.
Ivan is not a bad player at all; in fact, he is the best player on the team.

It can also convey a negative nuance, as in the example…

Paolo non ride mai, anzi è sempre scocciato.
Paul never laughs, in fact, he is always annoyed.

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


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