How to use “a parte” in Italian?

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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

“A parte”: separate/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

“A parte”: 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

“A parte”: aside/apart

Here’s an interesting use: we can use a parte like we use “aside/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

In fact, it’s so common that there’s a TV show called like this. “Scherzi a parte” is a hidden camera-practical joke television series.

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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

Set phrases with “a parte”

There are some common set phrases with a parte.

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/apart from the fact that”.

Il computer era troppo piccolo, a parte 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.

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