Using INFATTI in Italian

How do you use the word infatti 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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Infatti in Italian

What is infatti?

Infatti is an adverb that can be translated into English as “in fact”, “so much so that”, “as a matter of fact” or “indeed”.

Infatti
In fact, so much so that, indeed, as a matter of fact

Its pronunciation is close to een-faht-tea. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, refer to the Italian pronunciation guide.

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

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A mio figlio non piacciono le caramelle, e infatti non ne mangia mai.
My son does not like candy; in fact, he never eats any.

Luca non è andato alla festa ieri sera. Infatti, Marta mi ha detto che è andato al cinema.
Luca did not go to the party last night. In fact, Marta told me he went to the movies.

La stanza non è rettangolare. È quadrata, infatti.
The room is not rectangular. It is square, in fact.

Oggi fa caldissimo, infatti sto sudando copiosamente.
It is very hot today, so much so that I am sweating profusely.

Gabriele ha picchiato uno studente di terza. Infatti, lo hanno espulso.
Gabriele beat up a third-year student, so much so that he was expelled.

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Now let’s see what the use of infatti in Italian is.


Using infatti in Italian

We’ve said that infatti in Italian is an adverb that translates to the English adverb “in fact” or “as a matter of fact”.

As a matter of fact, it’s used to confirm or validate something we or someone else just said.

Marco non avrebbe dovuto agire d’impulso. – Infatti! Avrebbe dovuto aspettare la polizia!
Marco should not have acted impulsively. – Indeed! He should have waited for the police!

Infatti in Italian can also introduce a consequence.

Laura ha l’influenza, e infatti non è venuta a lezione.
Laura has the flu and indeed did not come to class.

woman with the flu with an ice bag on her head

Il mio cane ama la neve. Infatti, quando nevica non vuole mai rientrare in casa.
My dog loves snow. As a matter of fact, he never wants to go back inside the house when it snows.

Infatti can also be used on its own as an interjection to agree with another statement.

Forse non avrei dovuto urlare. – Infatti!
Maybe I shouldn’t have shouted. – Indeed!

To disagree with a statement, use a dire il vero (“to tell you the truth”) or in realtà (“actually”).

Forse non avrei dovuto urlare. – In realtà, penso che tu abbia fatto bene.
Maybe I shouldn’t have yelled. – Actually, I think you did the right thing.


Synonyms of infatti in Italian

Difatti

Difatti is perfectly interchangeable with infatti in Italian, but it’s much less common. Like infatti, it serves to support or justify another statement.

Difatti
Indeed, as a matter of fact, sure enough, in fact

Fabio è un tipo molto calmo. Difatti, non si arrabbia mai.
Fabio is a very calm guy. In fact, he never gets angry.

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In effetti

You use in effetti to agree with a previous statement.

In effetti
Indeed

Paolo è ammalato. – Non lo vedo da una settimana, in effetti.
Paul is ill. – Now that I think of it, I haven’t seen him for a week.

This could trick you into believing it’s always interchangeable with infatti when it’s used to agree with another statement, but it actually isn’t.

Paolo è ammalato. – Non lo vedo da una settimana, infatti.
Paul is ill. – In fact, I haven’t seen him for a week.

old man coughing in bed

When you say Non lo vedo da una settimana, in effetti, you’re agreeing with your friend, but only acknowledge Paolo’s absence when your friend tells you that Paolo has been ill (“Now that I think of it…“)

When you say Non lo vedo da una settimana, infatti, you’re still agreeing with your friend, but you imply that you already noticed that Paolo went missing in the previous days! This is a very subtle change in meaning.

And that’s it, now you know how to use infatti in Italian!


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