How do you use the word ecco 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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Ecco in Italian
What is ecco?
Ecco is an adverb that most commonly means “here” and “there” such as in here it is or “there you are”. Let’s hear how it is pronounced.
Here (it is), there (you are)
Its pronunciation is close to ek-koh. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, refer to the Italian pronunciation guide.
Now, let’s see a couple of example sentences with ecco in Italian, before taking a look at how to use this word.
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Ecco il libro che hai chiesto.
Here is the book you asked for.
Ecco le matite che stavi cercando. Erano sotto alla credenza.
Here are the pencils you were looking for. They were under the cupboard.
Eccoti qui! Ti ho cercato dappertutto.
There you are! I’ve been looking all over for you.
Now let’s see what the use of ecco in Italian is.
Use of ecco in Italian
Ecco always starts a sentence. It’s often used for announcing objects and people you suddenly see. For example, you could say…
There you are, Giorgio!
Ecco cosa manca, il sale!
That’s what’s missing, salt!
Ecco la sua bistecca, signore.
Here is your steak, sir.
You will often see ecco in Italian along with an indirect object pronoun. This translates to the English expressions “here you are”, “here she is”, “here they are”, etc. All the possible forms for all subject pronouns are listed below.
|here I am||eccomi|
|here you are||eccoti|
|here he/she it||eccolo / eccola|
|here we are||eccoci|
|here you are||eccovi|
|here they are||eccoli|
For example, you could say…
Eccovi, ragazzi! Ma dove eravate finiti?
There you guys are! Where have you been?
Hai visto i miei occhiali? – Eccoli.
Have you seen my glasses? – Here they are.
Ecco can also be a filler word, especially when you are embarrassed about something or suddenly notice something.
Ecco… mi piaci tanto, Gabriele.
Well… I like you very much, Gabriel.
Ecco perché il computer non si accende, non è collegato alla corrente!
That’s why the computer won’t turn on, it’s not plugged in!
Ecco fatto is a common Italian idiom meaning “there you go”.
Ecco fatto, il tappeto è come nuovo!
There you go, the carpet is as good as new!
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And that’s it, now you know how to use ecco in Italian!
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