How do you say you are crazy in Italian?

How exactly do you say you are crazy 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!

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How do you say you are crazy in Italian?

Singular: Sei pazzo! Sei pazza!

Sei pazzo and sei pazza are the most common translations for you are crazy in Italian when you are addressing only one person.

Sei pazzo!
You are crazy!
(singular, informal, masculine)

Sei pazza!
You are crazy!
(singular, informal, feminine)

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The reason why there are two forms of the adjective “crazy” is that Italian, unlike English, has two genders: masculine and feminine.

Any noun and adjective must agree with this gender. So if you’re talking to a man, you will use pazzo, because that’s the masculine adjective. If you’re talking to a woman, you will use pazza because that’s the feminine form of the adjective.

That said, this common sentence in Italian is made of two elements.

Sei
You are, singular

Pazzo/a
Crazy

Sei pazzo, Lorenzo, se credi di poter scalare quel monte!
You are crazy, Lorenzo, if you think you can climb that mountain!

Alice, non mettere i fogli di alluminio nel microonde! Sei pazza!
Alice, don’t put aluminum foil in the microwave! You are crazy!

buns cooking in the microwave oven

If you want to emphasize your statement, you can make the subject pronouns explicit using tu, meaning “you” in the singular.

Tu sei pazzo!
You are crazy! (m)

Tu sei pazza!
You are crazy! (f)

Sei is the second person singular conjugation of essere, to be, in the present tense.

Present tense conjugation for essere

iosono
tusei
lui, leiè
noisiamo
voisiete
lorosono

For example, you could say…

Sara, dove sono i tuoi genitori?
Sara, where are your parents?

Il salone è spazioso e molto luminoso.
The living room is spacious and very bright.

spacious and clean living room

Now, what do you have to say to say you are crazy in Italian to groups of people? You will need to conjugate the verb essere in the second person plural. Let’s see what this form is in the next paragraph.


Plural: Siete pazzi! Siete pazze!

Siete pazzi and siete pazze are the translations for you are crazy in Italian when you are addressing more than one person.

Siete pazzi!
You are crazy!
(plural, masculine)

Siete pazze!
You are crazy!
(plural, feminine)

Italian has two kinds of “you”, unlike English. There’s a singular “you” and then there’s a plural “you”. If you are addressing a group, you will need to conjugate any verb or pronoun accordingly, and don’t forget about the gender as well!

Look at the conjugation table again. The subject pronoun for the second person plural is voi, and its essere verb conjugation is siete.

As said, we’ll also have to change the adjective gender itself in its plural forms:

  • pazzi, masculine plural
  • pazze, feminine plural
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There’s another caveat here.
You will use the masculine form of the adjective if there’s at least one male person in the group you are talking to.
If the group is composed of only females, then use the female version of the adjective.

Nuotate in mare in pieno inverno? Siete pazzi!
You swim in the sea in the middle of winter? You are crazy!

Ragazze, voi siete pazze. Non penserete davvero di dormire nel bosco, vero?
Girls, you are crazy. You are not really thinking of sleeping in the woods, are you?

Of course, if you want to emphasize your statement you can add the subject pronoun to the sentence.

Voi siete pazzi!
You are crazy! (m)

Voi siete pazze!
You are crazy! (f)

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Now, how do you say you are crazy in Italian when you need to be polite? Keep on reading to find out!


Formal: Lei è pazzo! Lei è pazza!

If you are just visiting Italy and often meet new people, unless you both agree on using the informal pronoun tu you will have to stick to the polite pronoun Lei when talking to other adults and people you are not on familiar terms with. With kids, it’s customary to use tu, no matter the degree of familiarity.

This is the equivalent of she in English. Basically, when speaking formally, Italians address each other with the subject “she”, lei.

That said, how do you formally say you are crazy in Italian?

Lei è pazzo!
You are crazy!
(singular, polite, masculine)

Lei è pazza!
You are crazy!
(singular, polite, feminine)

You can also omit the subject pronoun, although this firm sounds less common to my native ear.

È pazzo!
You are crazy! (m)

È pazza!
You are crazy! (f)

man insulting another man in uniform

Although, I wouldn’t really use this polite form with any person.


Sei matto!

Sei matto/a, along with its plural and polite forms siete matti/e and è matto/a, is another way you can translate you are crazy in Italian.

Matto is another translation for crazy in Italian, but it’s less common. However, it behaves just as pazzo because it must agree with the gender and number of the person(s) you are referring to.

Of course, variants that are complete with subject pronouns, like tu sei matto and voi siete matti, are also possible and commonly used.

Sei matto
You are crazy (singular, informal)

Siete matti
You are crazy (plural)

È matto
You are crazy (polite)

And that’s it, now you know how to say you are crazy in Italian in all its forms!


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