How to use QUASI in Italian

How do you use the word quasi in Italian? What does it mean? How do you pronounce it?

In this lesson, we will look at how to use this word along with many audio recordings and example sentences. Read on to learn everything you need to know!

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Quasi in Italian

What is quasi?

Quasi is an adverb of quantity that can be translated into English as “almost” or “nearly”.

Quasi
Almost, nearly

Its pronunciation is close to koo-ah-see, with a voiced “s”. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, refer to the Italian pronunciation guide.

Now, let’s see a couple of example sentences with quasi in Italian, before taking a look at how to use this word.

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Il cielo è sereno quasi ogni giorno.
The sky is clear almost every day.

Ho quasi perso il treno.
I almost missed the train.

Sono quasi le dieci.
It is almost ten o’clock.

Hai finito? – Quasi.
Are you done? – Almost.

È quasi impossibile imparare una lingua straniera in poco tempo.
It is almost impossible to learn a foreign language in a short time.

Sono quasi annegato.
I nearly drowned.

drawing of a kit struggling to get out of the water

Now let’s see what the use of quasi in Italian is.


Use of quasi in Italian

We’ve said that quasi in Italian is an adverb of quantity that translates to the English adverbs “almost” or “nearly”. It can modify verbs, nouns and adjectives. It’s not much different from these English adverbs.

Let’s listen to a few other examples.

Il Texas è quasi il doppio del Giappone.
Texas is nearly twice as large as Japan.

Qui non piove quasi mai.
It almost never rains here.

Quando arriverai lì, sarà quasi buio.
By the time you get there, it will be nearly dark.

Sono quasi pronto, aspetta un altro minuto!
I’m almost ready, just wait another minute!

It’s also worth noticing that quasi in Italian can also be the first element in a sentence, just like “nearly”. For example, you could say…

Quasi tutti i giapponesi hanno i capelli scuri.
Nearly all Japanese have dark hair.

Quasi mille persone hanno partecipato alla manifestazione.
Nearly a thousand people participated in the demonstration.

Quasi dimenticavo!
I almost forgot!

boy forgetting to take his medicine

Expressions with quasi in Italian

There are a number of common set expressions featuring quasi in Italian. These are…

  • quasi quasi… (I’m almost tempted to…)
  • quasi mai (hardly ever)
  • quasi niente/nulla (almost nothing)
  • quasi sempre (almost always)
  • quasi pieno (almost full)

For example, you could say…

Quasi quasi mangio una bella porzione di gelato!
I’m almost tempted to eat a big portion of ice cream!

Non so quasi niente di te.
I know almost nothing about you.

Il mio vicino non porta quasi mai il suo cane al parco.
My neighbor almost never takes his dog to the park.

L’autobus è quasi pieno. Ci sono solo due posti liberi.
The bus is almost full. There are only two free seats.

people squeezed in a bus

And that’s it, now you know how to use quasi in Italian!


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