How do you say DON’T WORRY in Italian?

How do you say don’t worry in Italian?

Singular: Non ti preoccupare!

Non ti preoccupare is how you say don’t worry in Italian to address only one person you are on familiar terms with.

Non ti preoccupare
Don’t worry (singular, informal)
Literally: Don’t yourself worry

Non preoccuparti
Don’t worry (singular, informal)
Literally: Don’t worry yourself

Non ti preoccupare. Ce la caveremo.
Don’t worry. We’ll be fine.

Non ti preoccupare, Enrico. Il treno arriverà fra poco.
Don’t worry, Enrico. The train will be here shortly.

man waiting for the train and checking time on his wristwatch

This verb can also be used to translate the English verbs to tend to or to care. For example, you could say…


Plural: Non vi preoccupate!

Non vi preoccupate! is how you say don’t worry in Italian when you are addressing more than one person.

Non vi preoccupate
Don’t worry (plural)
Literally: Don’t yourself worry

Non preoccupatevi
Don’t worry (plural)
Literally: Don’t worry yourself

Italian has two kinds of “you”, unlike English. There’s a singular “you” and then there’s a plural “you”. If you are addressing a group, you will need to conjugate any verb or pronoun accordingly.

The reflexive pronoun for the plural form of the subject pronoun “you”, voi, is vi. This is why we will say non VI preoccupate. Also note how the verb is conjugated in this case. You don’t have to conjugate the verb for negative imperative forms for the singular “you” pronoun, as seen in the previous paragraph.

Non preoccupatevi, ragazzi, torneremo prima di sera.
Don’t worry, guys, we will be back before nightfall.


Formal: Non si preoccupi!

If you are just visiting Italy and often meet new people, unless you both agree on using the informal pronoun tu you will have to stick to the polite pronoun Lei when talking to other adults and people you are not on familiar terms with. With kids, it’s customary to use tu, no matter 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’s the reflexive pronoun for the subject pronoun lei? Si.

That said, how do you formally say don’t worry in Italian?

Non si preoccupi
Don’t worry (polite)
Literally: Don’t yourself worry


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