How to say “rather”: Italian grammar lesson 162

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Unlock the versatility of the Italian word anzi! Dive into our guide and master the art of contradiction, clarification, and emphasis in Italian conversation with this one powerful conjunction. 🇮🇹✨

  • Contradict with Confidence: Use anzi to flip the script on a previous statement. It’s like saying “on the contrary” or “actually” to introduce a twist in your Italian chats. 🔄
  • Emphasize and Upgrade: When something’s not just good, but great, anzi is your go-to. It’s the Italian secret to turning “I’m good” into “I’m fantastic” with flair! 🚀
  • Quick Corrections: Slip up? No sweat. anzi lets you backtrack smoothly with an “I mean” or “or rather,” keeping your Italian as suave as a Vespa ride. 🛵💨
  • Leave ‘Em Hanging: Italians get it. Sometimes anzi says it all, no follow-up needed. It’s the mic drop of Italian conversation. 🎤⬇️
  • Compound Your Italian: Get fancy with anziché for “instead of” and innanzitutto for “first of all.” They’re the compound condiments that spice up your Italian talk! 🌶️
  • Pair with Precision: Tag-team anzi with semmai (“if anything”) for that extra punch. It’s like the dynamic duo of Italian discourse. 💥👯
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How to say “rather” in Italian

Anzi is such a common and useful conjunction in Italian. Remember, a conjunction is a word used to connect clauses or sentences or to coordinate words in the same clause.

Anzi has different meanings depending on the context.

So, if you want to learn how to say “rather” in Italian, here are the primary contexts and meanings:

It can be used to say the opposite of what has just been said. It usually introduces a sentence that adds contradicting information.

It’s used when there’s more to say about a topic and usually refutes the main point. In this case, it might mean: on the contrary, in fact, actually, or rather.

Non mi dispiace, anzi, mi fa tanto piacere!

I don’t mind, in fact, I’m glad about it!

Non ho fame, anzi, sono piena!

I’m not hungry, actually, I’m full!

Anzi can also be used to say that something is better than what has just been said. In this case, it might mean: indeed, or better still, or better yet, or even.

Sto bene, anzi, sto benissimo!

I’m good, indeed I’m really good!

Lei è simpatica, anzi, forse è la persona più simpatica che conosco.

She’s nice, or better, she’s maybe the nicest person I know.

Anzi: other uses

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Anzi can also be used in a very specific situation: when someone says something, and they correct themselves straight away. In English you’d say “or rather,” or “I mean.”

Vorrei un bicchiere di vino, anzi, una birra.

I’d like a glass of wine, I mean, a beer.

Ho comprato, anzi, mia mamma mia ha comprato questo cellulare.

I bought, or rather, my mum bought me, this cell phone. 

Sometimes, anzi is so full of meaning that Italians don’t need to complete the sentence.

This is a widespread characteristic in Italian, and it might be because Italians are so expressive that sometimes they don’t need many words. Just one word or gesture is enough.

In this specific case, anzi contradicts a negative phrase but doesn’t need to be followed by something positive because we already know (just because of the presence of anzi) that we’re contradicting whatever we said before.

Non sono triste, anzi!

I’m not sad; on the contrary

If the person talking were to complete the sentence, they’d say something like:

Non sono triste, anzi, sono contentissima!

I’m not sad, on the contrary, I’m so happy!

Anzi combined with other words

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Apart from the uses mentioned above, anzi is also part of two important compound words such as anziché (instead of, rather than) and innanzitutto (firstly, first of all) among others.

Ha preferito mandare i suoi figli ad una scuola pubblica anziché privata.

He preferred to send his children to a state school, rather than a private one.

Innanzitutto, vorrei ringraziare di essere venuti alla mia festa.

First of all, I’d like to thank you all for coming to my party.

A word that is often used together with anzi is semmai (if anything).

Anzi – a useful and common conjunction

Anzi is a very common and helpful Italian conjunction.

It can be used to say the opposite of what has just been said. In this case, it might mean: on the contrary, in fact, actually, or rather.

Anzi can also be used in a very specific situation when someone says something and then corrects themselves. In this case, anzi means “rather” or “I mean.”

Anzi is also part of two important compound words, such as anziché (instead of, rather than) and innanzitutto.

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FAQs on How to say “rather”: Italian grammar lesson 162

How do you use Anzi in Italian?

If you want to suggest "the opposite of what I just said is true," you can use the Italian word anzi. Its meaning is "in fact" or "actually."

how to say rather in Italian?

If you want to say rather in Italian you can use different words, for example: anzi, piuttosto and abbastanza.

What does Anzi mean?

We can say that anzi emphasizes or modifies what has already been stated in sentences. Depending on the tone and context, it can mean: on the contrary, instead of, better, actually, rather.

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