[4] To set the table

Apparecchiare la tavola
To set the table

You can translate “to set the table” also as preparare la tavola, meaning “to prepare the table”.

Preparare la tavola
To set the table


Let’s break this up!

Apparecchiare la tavola could be literally translated as to set up the table.

Apparecchiare
To set up, to prepare (the table)

La tavola
The table

The verb apparecchiare derives from apparecchio, which means appliance or device.

You can actually use this verb alone to translate to set the table.

La mamma apparecchia.
Mom sets the table.

La mamma apparecchia la tavola.
Mom sets the table.

What can you set the table with? Here are a few suggestions:

  • piatti (plates)
  • fondine (soup bowls)
  • bicchieri (glasses)
  • posate (cutlery)
  • cucchiai (spoons)
  • forchette (forks)
  • coltelli (knives)
  • calici (stemware)

Examples

La mamma mi ha chiesto di apparecchiare la tavola.
Mom asked me to set the table.

Alan prepara la tavola mentre Sarah cucina.
Alan sets the table for lunch while Sarah cooks.

Apparecchiò la tavola con piatti, bicchieri e posate.
He set the table with plates, glasses and cutlery.


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