How to use VERO in Italian

How do you use the word vero 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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Vero in Italian

What is vero?

Vero is both an adjective and a noun. It can mean “true”, “real” or “truth” depending on context. When it’s used as a noun, it’s of masculine gender (il vero) and it has no plural form.

True, real; truth

Its pronunciation is close to veh-roh. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, especially the rolled R, refer to the Italian pronunciation guide.

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

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È vero che Marta si è sposata a settembre?
Is it true that Marta got married in September?

Non mi sembra vero di essere in ferie!
I can’t believe I’m on vacation!
(It doesn’t seem true that I’m on vacation!)

Come distinguere il falso dal vero?
How to distinguish false from true?

Stefano è un complottista. Niente di quello che dice è vero.
Stefano is a conspiracy theorist. Nothing he says is true.

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Vero, like all adjectives in Italian, matches the noun in gender and number. Notizia, for example, is a feminine singular noun in Italian (the news). If the news is true, you will have to say…

La notizia è vera.
The news is true.

Vera is the feminine singular form of vero. You will find all forms for vero in Italian in the following table:


For example, you could say…

Questi gioielli sono veri? Devono valere parecchio!
Are these jewels real? They must be worth a lot!
(Gioielli is a masculine plural noun)

La mia vicina di casa è una vera seccatrice.
My neighbor is a real nuisance.
(Vera is a feminine singular noun)

Quelle rose non sono vere, sono solo dipinte.
Those roses are not real, they are just painted.
(Vere is a feminine plural noun)

a red rose

Vera is also the Italian name for the wedding ring, also called fede nuziale!

As a noun, however, vero is rarely used. Verità is a more common translation for truth. You will find vero as “truth” as opposed to “falsehood” in sentences like “to differentiate between true and false” or “he speaks the truth”.

Giorgio dice il vero.
George speaks the truth.

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Now let’s see some expressions with vero in Italian.

Expressions with vero in Italian

There’s a variety of common expressions and sayings featuring vero in Italian. Here are some:

  • a onor del vero, a dire il vero (to tell the truth, to be fair)
  • essere un vero amico (to be a true friend)
  • incredibile ma vero (crazy but true)
  • fosse vero! (if only it were true!)
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For example, you could say…

A onor del vero, non sapevo nulla fino a ieri sera.
To be fair, I did not know anything until last night.

Grazie, Matteo. Sei un vero amico.
Thank you, Matteo. You are a true friend.

Incredibile ma vero, Paolo ha passato l’esame!
Incredible but true, Paolo passed the exam!

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

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