How do you say WHERE IS IT in Italian?

How exactly do you say where is it in Italian? Is there more than one way to say it?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different ways of saying this sentence in Italian. Read on to learn them all!


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How do you say where is it in Italian?

Singular: Dov’è?

Dov’è? is how you translate where is it in Italian when you are talking about one object at a time.

Where is it? (singular)

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This common sentence in Italian is made up of only two elements.


Is it

For example, you could say…

Dov’è il libro che stavo leggendo un minuto fa?
Where is the book I was reading a minute ago?

Mi scusi, sa dirmi dov’è la farmacia?
Excuse me, can you tell me where the pharmacy is?

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You will never say dove è. We always use the short form, dov’è. For more information, see the lesson on how to use the apostrophe in Italian!

È is a conjugation of the verb essere, which means to be. È is basically the third-person singular present conjugation of essere. This is an irregular verb.

Present tense conjugation for essere

lui, leiè

For example, you could say…

Il cane è in giardino e sta scavando una buca.
The dog is in the garden and is digging a hole.

Sono stanco di sgridare il mio cane!
I’m tired of scolding my dog!

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Now, what do you have to say to ask where is it in Italian when you are talking about more than one object? You will need to conjugate the verb essere in the third-person plural. You may have already guessed what this is from the table above, but let’s look at the exact form in the next paragraph.

Plural: Dove sono?

Dove sono? is how you translate where is it in Italian when you are talking about more than one object.

Dove sono?
Where is it? Where are they (plural)

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From the table in the previous paragraph, you can see that the conjugation you have to use is loro sono.

Dove sono i miei occhiali? Qualcuno li ha visti?
Where are my glasses? Has anyone seen them?

Sai dove sono le mie pantofole?
Do you know where my slippers are?

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And that’s the end of our lesson on how to say where is it in Italian in all its forms!

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