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Overview all PREPOSIZIONI italiane

Le preposizioni italiane: an overview of all Italian prepositions and their main functions. Note that prepositions sometimes merge with articles. You can read about how prepositions and articles merge in our post about articulated prepositions.

Le preposizioni italiane

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Le preposizioni italiane

There are 8 prepositions in Italian: di, a, da, in, con, su, per and tra or fra. In this overview of all Italian prepositions you will learn the most important functions. Note that prepositions sometimes merge with articles. You can read about how prepositions and articles merge in our article on articulated prepositions. You can learn more about the individual prepositions in the in-depth articles.

La preposizione DI

Specificationil corso d’italiano
il mal di testa
the Italian course
the headache
Possess, familyla casa di Fiona
la madre di Emma
Fiona’s house
Emma’s mother
Materialil tavolo di legnothe wooden table
Amount, packagingun chilo di mele
un pacco di pasta
a kilo of apples
a package of pasta
city of origin with esseresono di LondraI’m from London
Time: part of the day (regularity)di sera (la sera)in the evening
Time: days of the week (regularity)di sabato (= il sabato)saturdays
comparisonsono più alto di MarioI’m taller than Mario
as partitive articlecompro dei pomodoriI buy (some) tomatoes
After some verbs like finire, smetterefinisco di pulire
smetto di fumare
I finish cleaning
I stop smoking
Expression: avere bisogno diho bisogno di un caffèI need a coffee

Learn more about the preposition di here.

Learn more about the difference between sono di and vengo da here.

La preposizione DA

Origin: from where?una cartolina da Romaa postcard from Rom
Origin with venirevengo dalla GermaniaI come from Germany
Origin with uscire, scendereesco dall’ufficio
scendo dal treno
I leave the office
I get off the train
Andare | essere + persondal dottore
da mia sorella
to/at the doctor
to/at my sister’s
Time: How long has it been?imparo l’italiano da due anniI have been learning Italian for two years 
Purpose of an objectgli occhiali da solethe sun glasses
with the meaning: that you must/cancose da fare
qualcosa da mangiare
things to do
something to eat
Agent in passive sentences: who did it?questo libro è stato scritto da Dantethis book was written by Dante

Combinazione DA - A

Time span:  
– Dates, hoursdal 2 al 5 marzo
dalle 8 alle 10
from the 2nd to the 5th March
from 8 to 10 o’clock
– Monthsda gennaio a marzofrom January to March
– Days of the week (regularity with article)lavoro dal lunedì al venerdìI work from Monday to Friday
– Days of the week (once without article)sono a Roma da venerdì a domenicaI’m in Rom from Friday to Sunday
Place: distance from X to Yda Roma a Milano ci vogliono 6 orefrom Rom to Milan you need 6 hourse

La preposizione A

Andare* | essere +  
– Citiesa Romato/in Rom
– Small islesa Malta
alle Maldive
to/in Malta
the/in the Maldives
– With some placesal ristorante
al mare
a casa
to/at the restaurant
to/at the sea
to/at home
Time: monthsa (also: in) gennaioin January
Time: holidaysa Natale at Christmas
Time: Wo do we see us?a dopo
a stasera
a domani
(see you) later
(see you) tonight
(see you) tomorrow
Time: At what time?alle setteat seven
Andare + verbvado a lavorareI go to work
indirect object, dative: to whom?regalo un libro a mio fratelloI give a book to my brother as a gift
together with fino, time/local point of arrivalfino alle sei
fino al semaforo
until six
until the trafic light
Distance from a point Xa 100 metri dal mareat 100 meters from the sea
Distributiondue volte alla settimanatwice a week
Flavour, main ingrediental limone
gelato alla fragola
lemon tea
strawberry ice cream
Modality: how?vado a piediI go by foot
Typical from a placealla romanaroman style
After some verbs like aiutare, cominciareti aiuto a stirare
comincio a pulire
I help you iron
I begin cleaning

*Learn more about the prepositions with ANDARE here 

La preposizione IN

Andare* | essere +  
– Countriesin Italia
negli Stati Uniti
to/in Italy
to/in the States
– Regionsin Toscanain Tuscany
– Big islandsin Siciliain Sicily
– Streets, squaresin via Roma
in piazza Garibaldi
in Roma street
in Garibaldi square
– Places ending with -iain pizzeria
in farmacia
to/in the pizzeria
to/in the drugstore
– Places ending with -tecain biblioteca
in discoteca
to/in the library
to/in the disco
– Places at homein cucinato/in the kitchen
– Some placesin montagna
in vacanza
in piscina
to/in the mountains
on holiday
to/in the swimming pool
Time: seasonsin autunnoin fall
Place: innell’armadioin the wardrobe
With means of trasportin (auch: con la) biciclettaby/with the bicycle

*Learn more about the prepositions with ANDARE here 

La preposizione SU

Andare | essere +  
– Mountains (proper name)sulle Alpito/in the alps
– seas (proper name)sull’Adriatico to/at the Adriatic Sea
– lakes (proper name)sul (also: al) lago di Gardato/at the Garda Lake
Internetsu internet
sui social
sul sito
on the Internet
on social media
on the website
on, with contactsul tavoloon the table
Topicun libro su Veneziaa book about Venice

La preposizione CON

Company: with whom?con la mia famigliawith my family
Means: with what?mangio la pasta con la forchettaI eat pasta with the fork

La preposizione PER

Purpose: for what reason?per rilassarmito relax
Target person: for whom?un regalo per tea present for you
Destination of means of transportil treno per Milanothe train to Milan
Destination after partireparto per Roma
parto per le vacanze
I leave for Rome
I leave for vacation
Place: within a place, unspecific directionun giro per la cittàa tour around the city
Time: how long?ho lavorato qui per un annoI worked here for a year

La preposizione TRA / FRA

Fra and tra are intercheangeable.

Location between two or more thingsla sedia è tra l’armadio e il tavolothe chair is between the wardrobe and the table
Place: Distance from where you aretra due chilometri c’è un parcoin two kilometers there is a park
Time: Distance in time (future)tra due giorni parto per le vacanzein two days I leave for vacation 

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