How exactly do you say where is the bus stop in Italian?
In this lesson, we will take a look at the different ways you can translate this sentence into Italian. Read on to learn them all!
La fermata dell’autobus
The bus stop
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How do you say where is the bus stop in Italian?
Dov’è la fermata?
Dov’è la fermata dell’autobus? is how you most commonly translate where is the bus stop into Italian.
Dov’è la fermata dell’autobus?
Where is the bus stop?
This common sentence in Italian is made of three elements.
La fermata dell’autobus
The bus stop
Mi scusi, mi sa dire dov’è la fermata dell’autobus?
Excuse me, can you tell me where the bus stop is?
È comes from essere, to be, which is an irregular verb and it belongs to the second -ere group. Its indicativo presente conjugation is as follows.
Present tense conjugation for essere
Il gatto è sul davanzale della finestra.
The cat is on the window sill.
Prima siamo andati al museo, poi siamo tornati al parco.
First, we went to the museum, then we went back to the park.
La fermata is a feminine noun that is derived from the verb fermare, meaning to stop. Then you have autobus, which obviously means bus.
Bus stop can be translated as simply fermata because this word also is used to mean any kind of public vehicle stop on the road.
There’s more than one kind of fermata and some of these are…
La fermata del treno
The train stop
La fermata del tram
The tram stop
La fermata di servizio
The service stop
For example, you could say…
Sono alla fermata del tram e sto aspettando ormai da mezz’ora.
I am at the tram stop and have been waiting for half an hour now.
Scendo alla prossima fermata.
I’ll get off at the next stop.
Did you know? The movie Fried green tomatoes has been translated into Italian as Pomodori verdi fritti alla fermata del treno (Fried green tomatoes at the train stop)!
Dove trovo la fermata?
Instead of essere, the question where is the bus stop in Italian can also be rendered with the verb trovare, meaning to find. This is a regular verb and the next table shows its present tense conjugation which we will use to translate our sentence.
Present tense conjugation for trovare
To ask where is the bus stop in Italian, say…
Dove trovo la fermata dell’autobus?
Where can I find the bus stop?
As you can see, you are literally asking where do I find…?. You can use this instead of dov’è la fermata?, it has the same meaning and is fully interchangeable.
Dove si trova la fermata?
You can actually say where is the bus stop in Italian in three different ways.
The third and last way to say where is the bus stop in Italian features the reflexive verb trovarsi, to find oneself. This is a bit different from trovare, although the conjugation is much the same and only adds direct object pronouns to the verb (I find myself, you find yourself, etc.).
|lui, lei||si trova|
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Trovare means “to stumble upon an object”. It’s an active verb.
Ho trovato gli occhiali, erano sul tavolo.
I found the glasses; they were on the table.
Trovarsi means “to be located”. It’s a stative verb.
La stazione si trova davanti alla tabaccheria.
The station is located in front of the tobacco shop.
This means that dove si trova…? means where is … located?. You will also notice that in this sentence the third person pronoun is used because the subject is no longer I but the bus stop itself.
Dove si trova la fermata dell’autobus?
Where is the bus stop located?
If you want to be more polite, you can start the sentence with mi sa dire…?, which translates can you tell me…?.
You won’t need to change the position of the verb.
Mi sa dire dov’è la fermata dell’autobus?
Can you tell me where the bus stop is?
Mi sa dire dove si trova la fermata dell’autobus?
Can you tell me where the bus stop is located?
And that’s it, now you know how to say where is the bus stop in Italian in all its forms!
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