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 with the help of 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 usually means “here” and “there”, 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, check out the Italian pronunciation guide.
Now, let’s see some example sentences with ecco in Italian, before we take 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 for you everywhere.
Now let’s see how to use ecco in Italian.
Use of ecco in Italian
Ecco always begins a sentence. It’s often used to identify 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, the salt!
Ecco la sua bistecca, signore.
Here is your steak, sir.
You will often see ecco in Italian together with an indirect object pronoun. This is equivalent to the English expressions “here you are”, “here she is”, “here they are”, etc. Below are all the possible forms for all the subject pronouns.
|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 when you suddenly notice something.
Ecco… mi piaci tanto, Gabriele.
Well… I like you a lot, Gabriel.
Ecco perché il computer non si accende, non è collegato alla corrente!
That’s why the computer doesn’t turn on, it’s not plugged in!
Ecco fatto is a common Italian idiom that means “there you go”.
Ecco fatto, il tappeto è come nuovo!
There you go, the carpet is as good as new!
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