“How long” and “since when”: Italian grammar lesson 16

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Ready to chat like a local in Italy? 🇮🇹 Dive into our grammar guide and master the art of asking and answering “how long” and “since when” in Italian. You’ll be sounding like a native in no time!

  • Da quanto tempo is your go-to phrase for digging into durations. Whether you’re curious about someone’s language skills or their love story, this is how you ask “How long?” in Italian. 🕒
  • Drop the tempo and keep it cool with da quanto. Italians love to keep things short and sweet, so feel free to use this snappy alternative. 😉
  • Get chatty with da quanto è che + verb for a casual spin on asking “Since when?” It’s like you’re already sipping espresso at a Roman café. ☕
  • Answer like a pro with da followed by the time frame or specific moment. Remember, in Italian, it’s always present tense for past actions that continue into the present. 📅
  • Keep it simple when responding. Whether it’s da 3 anni or dal 2017, you’re just a phrase away from sharing your story. And yes, Italians will be impressed. 🌟

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How to use how long and since when in Italian?

In Italian, there are different ways to ask about the duration of an action or event.

Two common expressions used for this purpose are da quanto tempo (how long) and da quando (since when).

The first one is used to inquire about the length of time an action has been going on or how long something will last.

On the other hand, the second one is used to ask about the starting point of an action or event.

In today’s grammar lesson we’ll focus on the expression da quanto tempo and its variations.

How to ask da quanto tempo?

In Italian, we use da quanto tempo, da quanto, or da quanto è che + verb when we want to ask How long…? or Since when..?

These are all common expressions you’ll hear when visiting Italy.

As you can see, you don’t always need the word tempo (time) since it’s pretty obvious you’re talking about time. The last option is the more colloquial one.

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Here are some examples:

Da quanto tempo parli inglese?

Since when do you speak Italian?

Da quanto abiti in Spagna?

Since when do you live in Spain?

Da quanto è che siete insieme?

How long have you been together?

How to answer da quanto tempo?

In English, we either answer with since or wish for. In Italian, we need the word da followed by either the amount of time or the specific moment in time.

You’ll also notice we use the present tense in both cases.

Let’s now have a look at some possible answers:

Parlo inglese da 3 anni. O Parlo inglese dal 2017.

I’ve spoken English for 3 years. Or  I’ve spoken English since 2017.

Abito in Spagna da un anno. O Abito in Spagna dall’anno scorso.

I’ve lived in Spain for a year. O I’ve lived in Spain since last year.

Siamo insieme da 5 anni. O Siamo insieme dal 2015.

We’ve been together for 5 years.  Or We’ve been together since 2015.

How to ask "da quanto tempo"?

By using "da quanto tempo", "da quanto" or "da quanto è che" + verb.

How to answer "da quanto tempo"?

By using "da" followed by either the amount of time or the specific moment in time and a verb in the present. For example: Parlo inglese da 3 anni. O Parlo inglese dal 2017.

What does "da quanto è che + verb" mean in Italian?

"Da quanto è che + verb" is another way to ask "how long" in Italian. It is often used in informal speech.

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