How do you translate the expression to be right in Italian?
In this lesson, we’ll take a look at this very expression, also known as collocation along with other common idioms.
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To be right in Italian
First of all, let’s translate to be right in Italian.
To be right
To be right in Italian – Let’s break this down!
Avere ragione could literally be translated as to have reason.
Posso dimostrare di avere ragione.
I can prove that I am right.
Forse hai ragione, sono stato egoista.
Maybe you are right, I have been selfish.
Avere is a verb of the second -ere group. Its indicativo presente conjugation is irregular and is as follows.
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Avere is a very common verb used in a wide variety of other Italian expressions. Here are a few:
To be hot
To be cold
Avere bisogno di
To be hungry
To be thirsty
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For example, you could say:
Ho troppo caldo con questo maglione di lana.
I’m too hot in this wool sweater.
Mettiti una felpa, o rischi di avere freddo.
Put on a sweatshirt or you risk getting cold.
Vado a fare spesa. Hai bisogno di qualcosa?
I’m going grocery shopping. Do you need anything?
Il cane ha sete. Abbiamo un po’ d’acqua?
The dog is thirsty. Do we have any water?
We said that the translation for to be right in Italian is avere ragione. Ragione is a feminine noun (una/la ragione). Its forms are as follows.
Ragione is a very specific word and is found in a number of set expressions. The most common are:
Perdere l’uso della ragione
To lose your mind
Perdere il lume della ragione
To lose your mind
Recuperare l’uso della ragione
To get your mind back
For example, you could say…
Tutti guardarono Tom come se avesse perso il lume della ragione.
Everyone looked at Tom as if he had lost his mind.
To be right in Italian – Examples
Dovevo ammettere che Jane aveva ragione.
I had to admit that Jane was right.
Nessuno di loro aveva ragione.
None of them were right.
Si scoprì che Paul aveva sempre avuto ragione.
It turned out that Paul had been right all along.
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