How do you say 2 in Italian?

2 in Italian

2 in Italian as a cardinal number

Due is how you pronounce the cardinal number (which defines a quantity) 2 in Italian.

OriginFrom the Latin word duo, meaning “two”
Pronunciation/ku’rjoːzo/ /ˈduːe/

Two, 2

2 in Italian: Examples

Ci sono solo due bottiglie di olio d’oliva nella dispensa.
There are only two bottles of olive oil in the pantry.

Ho visto due uomini entrare nel locale.
I saw two men enter the premises.

Ti sto aspettando da due ore!
I have been waiting for you for two hours!

impatient man looking at his watch

2 in Italian as an ordinal number

The ordinal number (defines an order) for 2 in Italian is secondo.


Secondo is also the noun you use to translate second as in “there are 60 seconds in a minute”!

Ci sono sessanta secondi in un minuto.
There are 60 seconds in a minute.

Ordinal numbers are adjectives in Italian. Like all other adjectives in Italian, secondo must match the noun in both gender and number.


For example, you can say…

Tutti meritano una seconda possibilità.
Everyone deserves a second chance.

Milano è la seconda città più popolosa d’Italia.
Milan is the second largest city in Italy.

Questo libro è di seconda mano.
This book is second-hand.

big law book

Expressions featuring the number 2 in Italian

There are a number of common idioms featuring the number 2 in Italian. Among them you can find:

  • ogni due per tre (very often, literally “every two for three”)
  • non c’è due senza tre (good/bad things come in threes)
  • fare due passi (to walk a little, literally “to take two steps”)
  • fare due chiacchiere (to exchange a few words)
  • tra i due litiganti il terzo gode (literally “while two people fight, a third person enjoys it”)

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