How do you say leave me alone in Italian?

How exactly do you say leave me alone in Italian?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different ways you can translate this sentence into Italian. Read on to learn them all!

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How do you say leave me alone in Italian?

Singular: Lasciami in pace!

Lasciami in pace is how you translate leave me alone in Italian when you are addressing only one person.

Lasciami in pace
Leave me alone (singular, informal)
Literally: Leave me in peace

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This common sentence in Italian is made of four elements.

Lascia-
Imperative “you” form of lasciare, to leave

-mi
Direct object pronoun “me”

In
Preposition “in”

Pace
Word for peace in Italian

Lasciami in pace, devo concentrarmi.
Leave me alone, I need to concentrate.

Lasciami in pace, Luca! Sto lavorando.
Leave me alone, Luca! I’m working.

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You can’t translate this exclamation literally! You can’t say lasciami da solo or lasciami da sola, with solo or sola meaning alone.

Are you wondering why the direct object pronoun is appended to the verb? Learn how direct object pronouns in Italian work here.

Lascia is the second person singular conjugation of lasciare, to leave, in the imperative mood.

Imperative mood conjugation of lasciare

io
tulascia
lui, leilasci
noilasciamo
voilasciate
lorolascino

For example, you could say…

Dobbiamo raccogliere le amarene. Non lasciamo che vadano a male!
We have to pick the sour cherries. Let’s not let them go bad!

Lascia quei piatti sul tavolo, li pulisco dopo.
Leave those dishes on the table, I’ll clean them later.

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Now, what do you have to say to say leave me alone in Italian to groups of people? You will need to conjugate the imperative verb in the second person plural. Let’s see what this form is in the next paragraph.


Plural: Lasciatemi in pace!

Lasciatemi in pace is how you translate leave me alone in Italian when you are addressing more than one person.

Lasciatemi in pace
Leave me alone (plural)
Literally: Leave me in peace

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

If you take a closer look at the conjugation table above, you will notice that the conjugation for the subject pronoun voi is lasciate. To this conjugation, you will need to append the direct object pronoun mi. This is why we will say lasciatemi in pace!

Lasciatemi in pace o chiamo la polizia!
Leave me alone or I’ll call the police!

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Now, how do you say leave me alone in Italian when you want to be polite? Keep on reading to find out!


Polite: Mi lasci in pace!

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 imperative conjugation of the verb lasciare for the subject pronoun lei? Lasci.

(If you have trouble understanding why we are now inserting the direct object pronoun before the verb, read the ultimate guide on Italian direct object pronouns!)

That said, how do you formally ask to be left alone in Italian?

Mi lasci in pace
Leave me alone (polite)
Literally: Leave me in peace

If a stranger is bothering you and making you uncomfortable during your trip in Italy, you can tell them mi lasci in pace! with no problems whatsoever.

Mi lasci in pace, per favore.
Please leave me alone.

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Lasciami stare!

Lasciami stare, along with its plural and polite forms lasciatemi stare and mi lasci stare, is another way you can translate leave me alone in Italian. It’s interchangeable with lasciami in pace and is equally common.

Lasciami stare
Leave me be (singular, informal)
Literally: Leave me to stay

Lasciatemi stare
Leave me be (plural)
Literally: Leave me to stay

Mi lasci stare
Leave me be (polite)
Literally: Leave me to stay

Stare is the equivalent of the English verb to stay, so these can be literally translated as “leave me to stay”.

And that’s it, now you know how to say leave me alone in Italian in all its forms!


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