How to use GIÀ in Italian

How do you use the word già 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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Già in Italian

What is già?

Almeno is an adverb that can be translated into English as “already”, “before” or “by now”. Make sure you don’t forget the accent mark!

Already, before, by now

If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, check out the Italian pronunciation guide.

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

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Ho già lavato i vetri questo mese.
I have already washed the glasses this month.

Sara ha già visto questo film.
Sara has seen this film before.

Sei già stato in questo ristorante?
Have you been to this restaurant before?

Sono quasi le undici. Mia nonna sarà già andata a dormire.
It is almost eleven o’clock. My grandmother will have gone to sleep by now.

Luca sarà già arrivato a casa.
Luca will have arrived home by now.

man getting home from work

“By now” can also be translated as ormai.

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

Usage of già in Italian

We’ve said that già in Italian is an adverb that translates as the English adverb “already” (or “yet” in questions).

Hai già preparato la valigia?
Have you packed your suitcase yet?

When it translates as “already”, the verb is most often conjugated in the passato prossimo tense, which corresponds to the English present perfect tense.

Stefano ha già finito i compiti.
Stefano has already finished his homework.

Like English, the position of the adverb will always be between the helper verb and the past participle of the main verb.

Hai già comprato il latte? – Non ancora.
Have you bought the milk yet? – Not yet.

Sei già stato a Disneyland? – No, non ci sono mai stato.
Have you been to Disneyland before? – No, I’ve never been there.

an amusement park

However, già can also be used as a statement, translating “yeah” or “yeah, I know” in informal settings. It usually has a downward intonation.

Avremmo dovuto dirglielo. – Già.
We should have told him. – Yeah.

Dovresti proprio studiare di più. – Già, ma mi annoio.
You really should study more. – Yeah, but I get bored.

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