How to use “a parte” in Italian?: Italian grammar lesson 189

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Unlock the secrets of the Italian phrase a parte with our insightful guide! Discover how to use this versatile expression to add nuance to your Italian conversations, covering everything from exclusions to separations. 🇮🇹✨

  • Separate the Wheat from the Chaff: Use a parte when you need to distinguish one thing from another. It’s like saying “This is its own thing, folks!” in a fancy Italian way. 🍷
  • Exclusion Express: Feeling exclusive? A parte is your go-to for the Italian “except.” It’s like saying, “You’re all invited… except you, Steve.” Sorry, Steve. 🚫
  • Set Aside the Small Talk: When you want to push something aside, like the wind ruining your hairdo, say vento a parte. It’s your Italian “aside” for those pesky details. 💨
  • Common Phrases are Key: Get cozy with set phrases like a parte il fatto che. It’s like saying, “Aside from the fact that you’re late, your shoelaces are untied.” Double oops. 🤷‍♂️
  • Short and Sweet: Trim the fat with a parte che, the snappier sibling of a parte il fatto che. It’s like saying, “I know nothing, except you’re wrong.” Mic drop. 🎤
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What does a parte mean in Italian?

In today’s post, we’re going to focus on an expression that’s very useful, versatile, and common: a parte.

This expression has several meanings depending on the context.

These are the meanings of a parte:

  • Separate
  • Different
  • Except
  • Apart
  • Aside

We’re going to go through all of these meanings, and we’ll give you examples.

Let’s get started and see how to use a parte in Italian!

How to use a parte in Italian

How to use a parte as separate or different?

We can use a parte to say different or separate, like in the examples below:

Il vino è a parte, non è compreso nel prezzo.

The wine is separate. It’s not included in the price.

Questo è un discorso a parte.

This is a separate argument.

Mi faccia un conto a parte per favore.

Please make a separate check.

Tonia vive in un mondo a parte.

Tonia lives in a different world.

How to use a parte

How to use a parte as except?

A parte can also mean except, except for, except from, or with the exception of:

Sono venuti tutti a parte lui.

They all came except him.

Non sto vedendo nessun’altra a parte te.

I’m not seeing anyone else except you.

A parte in Italian

How to use a parte as aside or apart?

Here’s an interesting use: we can use a parte like we use aside or apart in English.

We use it together with what we want to put aside, like in the examples below:

Vento a parte, è stata una bella giornata.

Wind aside, it was a beautiful day.

Modestia a parte, le mie torte sono insuperabili!

Modesty aside, my cakes are unbeatable!

And this is a very common expression:

Scherzi a parte.

All kidding aside.
Jokes aside.

It’s so common that there’s a TV show called Scherzi a parte. Is a hidden camera-practical joke television series.

Here’s an example in context with this expression:

Scherzi a parte, cosa ti ha detto?

Jokes aside, what did he tell you?

What does a parte mean in Italian

What are some set phrases with a parte?

There are some common set phrases with a parte.

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Let’s look at two of them:

  • A parte il fatto che

This is a very common set phrase. It means something like leaving aside the fact that, other than, or apart from the fact that.

Il computer era troppo piccolo, a parte il fatto che non mi è piaciuto.

The computer was too small, leaving aside the fact that I didn’t like it.

A parte il fatto che abbiamo molte cose in comune, sei anche molto simpatico!

Other than the fact that we have many things in common, you’re also very fun!

How to use a parte in a sentence in Italian

  • A parte che

We can also use the shortened version of a parte il fatto che: a parte che.

Non sappiamo niente, a parte che dobbiamo studiare.

We don’t know anything except that we have to study.

Non abbiamo trovato molto su di lui, a parte che era tedesco.

We didn’t find out much about him except that he was German.

How to say apart from in Italian

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FAQs on How to use “a parte” in Italian?: Italian grammar lesson 189

How do you say except for in Italian?

In Italian, there are two words that can be used to convey the meaning of except for. These words are "eccetto" and "a parte".

What is the origin of "parte"?

In the Italian language, the term "parte" translates to part in English. This word can be used in various contexts to refer to a component or section of a whole.

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