In Italian, “anzi” is an adverb used to contrast a statement that precedes it, similar to the English “on the contrary” or “rather”. It’s often used to correct or refine what was previously said.

Two Main Takeaways

  • The main meaning of “anzi” in Italian is “rather”, used to strengthen what was previously said.
  • The second meaning is “on the contrary” used to express a position that is opposite to what was previously said.

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Links Mentioned and Other Resources

  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #120: When to Use “E” and “Ed” in Italian.
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #114: The Relative Pronouns “Che” and “Chi”.
  • CLICK HERE to get the Irregular Past Participles Learning Map, a guide summarizing the most common irregular past participles in Italian.

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