How to say then
Explaining what we did in a chronological way is always useful in any language. It helps us organize ideas and events and lets others understand the order of these events.
In this post, we’re going to see how to say then in Italian.
For now, let’s just have a look at some sentences. See if you can spot the equivalent of “then”:
Prima sono andato a fare la spesa e poi ho cucinato.
First, I went to do the groceries and then I cooked.
Siamo andate al cinema e poi a casa.
We went to the cinema and then home.
Then in Italian
You probably guessed we use the word poi to mean “then”. It’s short so it shouldn’t be hard to remember.
You might start a sentence with prima (first) if you want to be more specific, and continue your sentence with poi.
But this is not obligatory, since if we use the word poi, we know we’re talking about an event that happened after another event.
Here’re more examples:
Roberta andrà in Portogallo e poi in Spagna.
Roberta will go to Portugal and then to Spain.
Prima fate i compiti e poi potete uscire.
Go your homework first and then you can go out.
A: Siamo andati ad un concerto.
B: E poi cosa avete fatto?
a: We went to a concert.
B: And then what did you do?
You probably already heard the word dopo. Basically, it’s a synonym of poi. It’s just slightly longer but you could replace poi with dopo.
Have a look at the examples below:
Di solito, prima faccio colazione e dopo faccio la doccia.
Usually, I have breakfast first, and then I have a shower.
Marco è andato dal dottore e dopo a giocare a calcio.
Marco went to the doctor’s and then to play soccer.
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