How do you translate the expression to make sense in Italian?
In this lesson, we’ll take a look at this very expression, also known as collocation, and will even talk about what kinds of senses there are in Italian and what words you can use to describe them.
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To make sense in Italian
First of all, let’s translate to make sense in Italian.
To make sense
To make sense in Italian – Let’s break this down!
Avere senso could literally be translated as to have sense.
Quello che stai dicendo non ha senso.
What you are saying doesn’t make sense.
Non ha senso!
It doesn’t make sense!
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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
For example, you could say:
Non hai caldo con il cappotto? Ci sono 21 gradi!
Aren’t you warm in your coat? It’s 21 degrees!
Quell’uccellino sul ramo sta tremando. Deve avere freddo.
That little bird on the branch is shivering. It must be cold.
Ho bisogno di tre matite e sei quaderni a righe.
I need three pencils and six ruled notebooks.
Giorgia ha sudato molto e ora ha sete.
Georgia has sweated a lot and is thirsty now.
We said that the translation for to make sense in Italian is avere senso. Senso is a masculine noun (un/il senso). Its forms are as follows.
Senso has a double meaning in Italian. It can mean… well, meaning and also sense as in perception. The 5 senses are translated as i 5 sensi.
Il sesto senso
The sixth sense
Quali sono i cinque sensi?
What are the five senses?
Tu credi che le donne abbiano un sesto senso?
Do you believe that women have a sixth sense?
Here are all the 5 senses in Italian:
Il senso dell’udito
The sense of hearing
Il senso dell’olfatto
The sense of smell
Il senso della vista
The sense of sight
Il senso del gusto
The sense of taste
Il senso del tatto
The sense of touch
Let’s take a few examples:
Gli esseri umani hanno cinque sensi: vista, udito, tatto, gusto e olfatto.
Human beings have five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell.
La vista è considerata il più complesso dei cinque sensi.
Sight is considered the most complex of the five senses.
Ho perso il senso del gusto a causa del raffreddore.
I lost my sense of taste because of a cold.
You can also add an adjective to describe the sense itself, as in:
For example, you could say…
Tom ha uno scarso senso dell’orientamento.
Tom has a poor sense of direction.
Il cane ha un acuto senso dell’olfatto.
A dog has a keen sense of smell.
To be thirsty in Italian – Examples
Nulla di quanto detto da Tom aveva senso.
Nothing Tom said made any sense.
Faccio solo ciò che ritengo sensato.
I only do what I think makes sense.
Alcune delle tue frasi non hanno senso.
Some of your sentences make no sense.
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