How to use SPESSO in Italian

How do you use the word spesso 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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Spesso in Italian

What is spesso?

Spesso is an adverb of frequency (it modifies a verb) that can be translated into English as “often” or “frequently”.

Spesso
Often, frequently

Its pronunciation is close to speh-ssoh. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, especially the doubled consonants like “ss”, refer to the Italian pronunciation guide.

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

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Spesso rimango fuori casa nel fine settimana.
I often stay away from home on the weekend.

Mio papà va spesso all’estero per lavoro.
My dad often goes abroad on business.

Mio figlio inventa spesso delle storie.
My son often makes up stories.

Marta suona spesso il piano.
Marta often plays the piano.

happy woman playing the piano

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


Use of spesso in Italian

We’ve said that spesso in Italian is an adverb of frequency that translates to the English adverbs “often” or “frequently”.

There’s not much different from these English adverbs, but you have to remember that spesso in Italian is never placed right after the subject, but either before or after the verb it modifies.

Let’s listen to a few other examples.

Vedi spesso i tuoi vicini di casa?
Do you see your neighbors often?
(right after vedi, from vedere, to see)

Giulia dice spesso bugie.
Giulia often tells lies.
(right after dice, from dire, to say)

Spesso non faccio colazione.
I often don’t eat breakfast.
(Before non faccio, “I don’t do”)

plate full of food: fish, rice, spinach and pudding

It’s also worth noticing that spesso in Italian can also be the first element in a sentence if the subject is implied. For example…

Spesso mi alzo prima delle 7.
I often get up before 7 o’clock.

Mi alzo spesso prima delle 7.
I often get up before 7 o’clock.

If there’s a proper noun in the sentence, spesso is most often placed after the verb.

Giulia si alza spesso prima delle 7.
Giulia often gets up before 7 o’clock.

boy stretching after waking up

Spesso as an adjective

Bear in mind that spesso in Italian can also be an adjective. As an adjective, it translates to the English word “think”.

Like all other adjectives in Italian, spesso needs to match the noun in both gender and number.

SingularPlural
MasculineSpessoSpessi
FeminineSpessaSpesse

For example, you could say…

Quanto può essere spesso un doppio vetro?
How thick can double glazing be?

Queste calze sono molto spesse. Tengono caldo?
These socks are very thick. Do they keep you warm?

black rabbit playing with a christmas sock

Expressions with spesso in Italian

There are a number of common idiomatic expressions featuring spesso in Italian. These are…

  • spesso e volentieri (very often, literally “often and willingly”)
  • avere spesso la luna di traverso (to often be in a bad mood)
  • non troppo spesso (not very often)

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


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