Using DAVANTI in Italian

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

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

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Davanti in Italian

What is davanti?

Davanti is both an adverb and a preposition that can be translated into English as “in front of”, “opposite from”.

In front of, opposite from

Its pronunciation is close to duh-VAHN-tee. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, check out the Italian pronunciation guide.

Now, let’s see some example sentences with davanti in Italian, before we take a look at how to use this word in conversations.

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Ho parcheggiato l’auto davanti al negozio.
I parked my car in front of the store.

Il traghetto parte dal molo davanti al porto.
The ferry leaves from the pier in front of the harbor.

Il cinema si trova davanti alla stazione ferroviaria.
The cinema is located in front of the train station.

Luca soffre di mal d’auto e si siede sempre davanti.
Luke gets carsick and always sits in the front.

Now let’s see how to use davanti in Italian.

Using davanti in Italian

We’ve said that davanti in Italian is an adverb and a preposition that translates to the English words “in front of” and “opposite from”. As an adverb, it follows a verb.

Io mi siedo davanti, tu siediti dietro.
I sit in the front, you sit in the back.
(imperative mood)

As a preposition, davanti needs to be followed by another preposition, a, which translates “to”. Davanti a literally means “in front to”.

La ragazza si mette davanti allo specchio.
The girl stands in front of the mirror.

Davanti a is also used in front of pronouns, not just nouns.

Gli occhiali sono proprio davanti a te.
The glasses are right in front of you.

Less commonly, davanti in Italian can also be used as a noun to translate “the front of sth”.

Abbiamo fatto ridipingere il davanti della casa.
We had the front of the house repainted.

And that’s the end of our lesson on how to use davanti in Italian!

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