How to use INVECE in Italian

How do you use the word senza 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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Invece in Italian

What is invece?

Senza is an adverb that can be translated into English as “instead”, “but” or “on the other hand”, so it introduces a clause that negates what we’ve just said.

Instead, but

Its pronunciation is close to een-veh-chay and it comes from the Latin word in vicem, “each other”. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, refer to the Italian pronunciation guide.

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

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Pensavo fosse un lupo, invece era un grosso cane.
I thought it was a wolf, but instead, it was a big dog.

Perché invece non andiamo a Londra?
Why don’t we go to London instead?

A me piace molto nuotare. Mia sorella, invece, preferisce correre.
I really like swimming. My sister, on the other hand, prefers running.

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Questa frase è giusta, invece questa è sbagliata.
This sentence is right, but this one is wrong.

Pensavamo che Marco dovesse studiare, invece lo abbiamo sorpreso davanti alla PlayStation.
We thought Marco should be studying, but instead, we caught him in front of the PlayStation.

Faccio colazione ogni mattina. – Io invece la salto ogni lunedì.
I eat breakfast every morning. – I, on the other hand, skip it every Monday.

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

Use of invece in Italian

When it’s not used alone, invece is very often followed by the preposition DI (forming invece di) which can be translated into English as “instead of”. It’s followed by either a noun or an infinitive verb.

Differently from English, invece di is never followed by a verb in its gerund form.

Giorgia mi ha offerto del tè invece del caffè.
Giorgia offered me tea instead of coffee.

Sono rimasto a casa tutto il giorno invece di andare al cinema.
I stayed home all day instead of going to the movies.

Voglio studiare l’esperanto invece del tedesco.
I want to study Esperanto instead of German.

Invece di chiacchierare, lavorate!
Instead of chatting, work!

group of determined coworkers

Finally, you will also find invece che, which translates to “instead of” when it precedes a preposition. For example, you could say…

Vorrei venire con te invece che con Riccardo.
I would like to go with you instead of Riccardo.

Penso che andrò al cinema, invece che a teatro.
I think I will go to the movies instead of the theater.

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

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