How exactly do you say be patient in Italian? What is more appropriate to ask depending on the relationship between you and the other person?
In this lesson, we will take a look at the different ways you can translate this sentence into Italian. Read on to learn them all!
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How do you say be patient in Italian?
Singular: Sii paziente!
Sii paziente is how you translate be patient in Italian when you are addressing only one person you know well and are on familiar terms with, such as a friend or relative.
Be patient! (singular, informal)
This common sentence in Italian is made up of two elements.
Imperative “you” form of essere, to be
Translation of the adjective “patient”
Sii più paziente con gli anziani. Anche tu sarai anziano, un giorno.
Be more patient with the elderly. You too will be old one day.
Sii più paziente, Sandro. Non c’era bisogno di arrabbiarsi così.
Be more patient, Sandro. There was no need to get so upset.
Sii is the second-person singular conjugation of essere, to be, in the imperative mood.
Imperative mood conjugation of essere
Now, what do you have to say in Italian to tell a group of people to be patient? You need to conjugate the imperative verb in the second person plural. Let’s see what this form is in the next section.
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Plural: Siate pazienti!
Siate pazienti is how you translate be patient in Italian when you are addressing more than one person. It doesn’t matter if these people are your bosses at work or friends of yours. You will use this form in both formal and informal contexts.
Be patient! (plural)
Paziente has only two forms because adjectives ending in -e in Italian remain unchanged for both genders, but must match the number (singular/plural) of the noun they describe.
If a man is patient, you will say paziente because man, uomo, is a masculine noun in Italian.
Likewise, you’ll say paziente if you’re talking about a woman, donna, which is a feminine noun.
But paziente changes to pazienti when it comes to plural nouns of either gender.
For example, you could say…
Alessandro non è un tipo molto paziente.
Alessandro is not a very patient guy.
I miei nonni sono pazienti.
My grandparents are patient.
In Italian, unlike English, there are two kinds of “you”. There’s a singular “you” (tu) and then there’s a plural “you” (voi). When addressing a group, you must conjugate any verb or pronoun accordingly.
If you take a closer look at the conjugation table above, you will see that the conjugation for the subject pronoun voi is siate. Therefore, we will say siate pazienti!
Siate pazienti con lui, è il suo primo giorno di lavoro qui.
Be patient with him, it is his first day of work here.
Now, how do you say be patient in Italian when you want to be polite? Read on to find out!
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Polite: Sia paziente!
If you are just visiting Italy and often meet new people, unless you both agree to use the informal pronoun tu, you will have to stick to the polite pronoun Lei when talking to other adults and people you are not familiar with. With children, it’s customary to use tu, regardless of the degree of familiarity.
This is the equivalent of she in English. Basically, when speaking formally, Italians address each other with the subject “she”, lei.
What is the imperative conjugation of the verb essere for the subject pronoun lei? Sia.
That said, how do you formally ask somebody to be patient in Italian?
Be patient! (polite)
For example, you could say…
Sia paziente, signore. Mi serve solo un’informazione.
Be patient, sir. I just need one piece of information.
And that’s the end of the lesson on how to say be patient in Italian in all its forms!
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