How to use SUBITO in Italian

How do you use the word subito 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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Subito in Italian

What is subito?

Subito is an adverb (it modifies a verb) that can be translated into English as “immediately”, “right away” or “at once”.

Immediately, right away, at once

Its pronunciation is close to soo-bee-toh. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, check out the Italian pronunciation guide.

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

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Dobbiamo subito portare Paolo in ospedale.
We have to take Paul to the hospital right away.

Ora non ho tempo… devo proprio farlo subito?
I don’t have time now… Do I really have to do it right now?

Vieni subito qui, Mattia!
Come here right now, Mattia!

Dobbiamo agire subito. Se aspettiamo, sarà troppo tardi.
We must act immediately. If we wait, it will be too late.

Chiudi subito quella porta!
Close that door at once!

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

Use of subito in Italian

We’ve said that subito in Italian is an adverb that can mean “immediately”, “right away” or “at once”, so it’s used to convey haste. It is perfectly interchangeable with immediatamente, which literally means immediately. This last adverb, however, is less common than subito.


Unlike English, subito is most often placed immediately after a verb, not at the end of the sentence.

Devo preparare subito i bagagli.
I must pack my luggage immediately.
(after the verb preparare)

child with arms full of junk

Note, however, that subito can also mean “quickly” when it’s used as a synonym for “soon”.

Devo partire subito, prima ancora dell’alba.
I must leave quickly, even before dawn.

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