How to say “other than”: Italian grammar lesson 45

Summary

Unlock the secret to expressing “other than” in Italian with a deep dive into the phrase oltre a. Discover its Latin roots, how to adapt it to different nouns, and seamlessly integrate it with verbs in your Italian conversations.

  • Grasp the Basics: Oltre a is your go-to for saying “other than” in Italian. It’s a handy phrase that’ll spice up your language skills like a dash of chili in pasta!
  • Gender and Number Agreement: Remember, oltre a changes its tune based on the noun’s gender and number. It’s like Italian fashion – you gotta match!
  • Possession Game: Throwing in a possessive? Words like mio or tua can tag along with oltre a. It’s like claiming the last slice of pizza – make it yours!
  • Linking with Verbs: Pair oltre a with an infinitive verb and you’re dancing! Just don’t leave your sentence partner hanging – finish the move.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Whip out sentences like “Cosa vuoi mangiare oltre alla pasta?” to flex your Italian muscle. It’s like doing linguistic squats!

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What does oltre a means in Italian?

Today we’re going to learn how to say other than in Italian. Before we go into more detail, let’s understand when we use this expression.

Have a look at this example: Would you like anything else other than coffee?

In Italian, we say oltre a. And here’s an interesting fact: oltre comes from the word ultra in Latin, which means beyond.

Just think of the meanings of the words ultrasound or ultraviolet.

Now that you know this, it might be easier for you to understand why we say oltre a.

Here’s the translation of the sentence we saw above: Vuoi qualcos’altro oltre al caffè?

How to structure oltre a + noun?

As you can see, oltre a is made of two words. A is a preposition, and sometimes it changes depending on the gender and number of the noun that comes after.

This means you can also say oltre al, alla, allo, all’, ai, alle, agli.

A noun might be a person, a thing, a place, or an idea. For instance, coffee is a noun.

Sometimes before the noun, we might also find a word that indicates possession, such as mio (my), tua (your), loro (their), etc.

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Make sure you pay attention to how the preposition changes depending on the noun, like in the examples below:

Cosa vuoi mangiare oltre alla pasta?

What do you want to eat other than pasta?

Oltre ai miei amici ho invitato i miei colleghi.

Other than my friends, I invited my colleagues.

Oltre all’India quali altri paesi vuoi visitare?

Other than India, what other countries do you want to visit?

How to structure oltre a + verb?

Other than a noun, we could also find a verb inthe infinitive (the base form such as mangiare, bere, dormire) after oltre a. It’s similar in English, so it should be easy to understand.

When oltre a is followed by a verb, we’re linking two phrases, so we always have to complete the sentence.

For instance, you cannot just say “other than sleeping,” and that’s it. It’s the same in Italian. You need the second part of the sentence.

Let’s have a look at some examples:

Oltre a essere gentili, sono anche simpatici.

Other than being nice, they’re also fun.

Cosa fai la domenica oltre a dormire fino a tardi?

What do you do on Sundays other than sleeping until late?

Oltre a studiare devo anche lavorare.

Other than studying, I also have to work.

How to structure oltre a + noun?

You can use oltre al, alla, allo, all’, ai, alle, agli and a person, a thing, a place, or an idea.

How to structure oltre a + verb?

To link two sentences we use olre a + a verb in the infinitive.

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