How do you say BE PATIENT in Italian?

Be patient in Italian

Singular: Sii paziente!

Sii paziente is how you translate be patient in Italian when you are addressing only one person you know well and are on familiar terms with, such as a friend or relative.

Sii paziente!
Be patient! (singular, informal)

For example, you can say…

Sii più paziente con gli anziani. Anche tu sarai anziano, un giorno.
Be more patient with the elderly. You too will be old one day.

Sii più paziente, Sandro. Non c’era bisogno di arrabbiarsi così.
Be more patient, Sandro. There was no need to get so upset.

angry man with a beer glass in his hand

Plural: Siate pazienti!

Siate pazienti is how you translate be patient in Italian when you are addressing more than one person. It doesn’t matter if these people are your bosses at work or friends of yours. You will use this form in both formal and informal contexts.

Siate pazienti!
Be patient! (plural)

Paziente has only two forms because adjectives ending in -e in Italian remain unchanged for both genders, but must match the number (singular/plural) of the noun they describe.

SingularPlural
MasculinePazientePazienti
FemininePazientePazienti

For example, you can say…

Alessandro non è un tipo molto paziente.
Alessandro is not a very patient guy.

I miei nonni sono pazienti.
My grandparents are patient.

grandpa and grandma

In Italian, unlike English, there are two kinds of “you”. There’s a singular “you” (tu) and then there’s a plural “you” (voi). When addressing a group, you must conjugate any verb or pronoun accordingly.

If you take a closer look at the conjugation table above, you will see that the conjugation for the subject pronoun voi is siate. Therefore, we will say siate pazienti!

Siate pazienti con lui, è il suo primo giorno di lavoro qui.
Be patient with him, it is his first day of work here.

coworkers shunning another coworker

Polite: Sia paziente!

If you are just visiting Italy and often meet new people, unless you both agree to use the informal pronoun tu, you will have to stick to the polite pronoun Lei when talking to other adults and people you are not familiar with. With children, it’s customary to use tu, regardless of the degree of familiarity.

This is the equivalent of she in English. Basically, when speaking formally, Italians address each other with the subject “she”, lei.

What is the imperative conjugation of the verb essere for the subject pronoun lei? Sia.

That said, how do you formally ask somebody to be patient in Italian?

Sia paziente!
Be patient! (polite)

For example, you can say…

Sia paziente, signore. Mi serve solo un’informazione.
Be patient, sir. I just need one piece of information.


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