How to say ENOUGH in Italian

How do you say enough in Italian? How do you pronounce it? Are there more ways to translate it?

In this lesson, we will look at how to say this word along with many audio recordings and example sentences. Read on to learn everything you need to know!

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Enough in Italian


Basta is how you translate enough in Italian when you’ve just had enough.

That’s enough! I had enough!

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

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

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Ora basta! Mattia, fila subito in camera tua!
That’s enough! Mattia, go straight to your room!

Basta, me ne vado!
That’s it, I’m leaving!

Basta parlare! Torna a lavorare!
That’s enough with your talking! Go back to work!

boss yelling at one of his employee

Ne ho abbastanza!

You can also translate enough as ne ho abbastanza, literally I have enough of it. You use this when somebody or someone annoys you to the point you can’t take anymore, just like basta!.

Ne ho abbastanza! Smettetela di fare casino!
Enough is enough! Stop messing around!

Ne ho abbastanza del tuo comportamento!
I’ve had enough of your behavior!

Ne ho abbastanza di questa pioggia! Quando arriva il sole?
I’ve had enough of this rain! When is the sun coming?

Where does basta come from?

Basta is a present-tense impersonal conjugation of the verb bastare, meaning to be enough.

Although conjugations like I am enough exist in the language (io basto), we usually use this verb in the third person singular and plural to translate that something is enough.

it’s enough (singular subject)they are enough (plural subject)

Questo zucchero non basta per fare una torta.
This sugar is not enough to make a cake.

Queste uova non bastano. Ne abbiamo altre?
These eggs are not enough. Do we have more?

pack of 10 eggs

If you want to say that something is enough for you, you’ll have to employ an indirect object pronoun.

Mito me
Tito you (sing.)
Gli, leto it (m/f)
Cito us
Vito you (pl.)
Gli, loroto them (m/f)

For example, you could say…

Mi bastano cinque minuti per creare la bozza del disegno.
It only takes me five minutes to create the draft design.

Non mi bastano le nostre telefonate. Voglio anche vederti.
Our phone calls are not enough for me. I also want to see you.

Ti bastano sei polpette per cena?
Will six meatballs be enough for you for dinner?

six meatballs with gravy on a plate


Abbastanza is another standard translation for enough in Italian. It’s a synonym of the verb bastare, but since it’s an adverb, it will be linked to a verb, not a noun.

For example, you could say…

Non avete ancora mangiato abbastanza? Siete dei pozzi senza fondo!
Haven’t you had enough to eat yet? You are bottomless pits!
Literally: Haven’t you eaten enough already?

Hai dormito abbastanza stanotte?
Did you have enough sleep last night?
Literally: Did you sleep enough last night?

It can also be used as an adjective. It doesn’t have any variants because it doesn’t need to agree in gender and number with the noun it’s tied to.

Avrai abbastanza forza per alzare questo masso?
Will you have enough strength to lift this boulder?

Non ho abbastanza olio per friggere.
I don’t have enough frying oil.

deep fried shrimp in a pot

Finally, abbastanza can also translate quite or pretty.

Questo vestito è abbastanza caro. Non credo di potermelo permettere.
This dress is quite expensive. I don’t think I can afford it.

And that’s it, now you know how to say enough in Italian!

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