La settimana prossima • Talking about the time and date

La settimana scorsa and la settimana prossima. We have already learned days of the week and months. Now it’s time to learn how to talk about the time and date.

Talking about the date

Domani è il 10 agosto.

Let’s learn useful vocabulary to talk about the date. For the date, you always need the definite article. The numbers are said normally: il dieci agosto, l’undici agosto…. Except the 1st of the month: il primo agosto.

Oggi è il 9 agosto.Today is August 9.
Ieri era* l’8 agosto.Yesterday was August 8.
L’altro ieri era* il 7 agosto.The day before yesterday was* August 7.
Domani è il 10 agosto.Tomorrow is August 10.
Dopodomani è l’11 agosto.The day after tomorrow is August 11.

*Era was is the past tense of essere. This tense is called imperfetto.

However, you don’t need an article if you specify the day of the week.

Domani è venerdì.Tomorrow is Friday.
Oggi è giovedì 10 luglio.Today is Thursday, July 10.

If you just want to say the year, you need the compound preposition nel and the year.

Siamo nel 2021.We’re in 2021.
Nel 2022 mi sposo.I’m getting married in 2022.

Talking about the time

Scorso – questo – prossimo

Now let’s look at a little overview with the words scorso last, questo this and prossimo next.

lunedì scorsoquesto lunedìlunedì prossimo
la settimana scorsaquesta settimanala settimana prossima
il mese scorsoquesto meseil mese prossimo
l’anno scorsoquest’annol’anno prossimo

1) Basically, you can reverse the word order of all expressions with scorso and prossimo: la settimana scorsa or la scorsa settimana. Both expressions mean the same thing.
2) With settimana Italians oft omit the article: settimana scorsa, settimana prossima.


Quando parti per le vacanze? – Il 9 agosto.When do you leave for vacation? – August 9.
Quand’è il tuo compleanno? – Il 2 aprile. When is your birthday? – April 2.
Quando torni? – Dopodomani!When are you coming back? – Day after tomorrow!
Quanto ti laurea? – Il mese prossimo.When do you graduate? – Next month.
Quando andiamo a trovare i miei genitori? – La settimana prossima.When are we going to visit my parents? – Next week.
La settimana scorsa


Impara di più!

COMUNICARE: Che ore sono? What time is it? Here
GRAMMATICA: Piacere and the indirect pronouns Here
STORIE: Read a story in Italian! Here

La settimana prossima

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