How to use ANZI in Italian

How do you use the word anzi 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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Anzi in Italian

What is anzi?

Anzi is a conjunction that most often means “actually”, “on the contrary” and “in fact. It can also be translated as “rather” and “instead”, so this little word has multiple purposes.

Actually, on the contrary, in fact, instead, rather

Its pronunciation is close to un-tsee. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, check out the Italian pronunciation guide.

Now, let’s see some example sentences with anzi in Italian, before we take a look at how to use this word.

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Luca non è mai in ritardo, anzi è sempre in anticipo.
Luke is never late; in fact, he is always early.

Potrei avere una birra? Anzi no, mi porti un bicchiere di limonata, per favore.
Could I have a beer? Actually no, bring me a glass of lemonade, please.

Va male, anzi malissimo.
It’s bad, in fact very bad.

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Now let’s see how to use anzi in Italian.

Use of anzi in Italian

Anzi is used to emphasize or rephrase a statement. It states the opposite of what you’ve just said or serves as an intensifier.

It can stand alone at the end of a sentence to invite someone to continue.

Ti dispiace se prendo in prestito la tua penna? – No, anzi! Fai pure.
Do you mind if I borrow your pen? – Not at all! Go ahead.

It can give a positive nuance to the sentence, as in…

Ivan non è affatto un cattivo giocatore, anzi, è il più bravo della squadra.
Ivan is not a bad player at all; in fact, he is the best player on the team.

It can also convey a negative nuance, as in the example…

Paolo non ride mai, anzi è sempre scocciato.
Paul never laughs, in fact, he is always annoyed.

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And that’s the end of our lesson on how to use anzi in Italian!

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