How to use “o”: Italian grammar lesson 12


Unlock the simplicity of Italian conversation with our quick guide on using o, the Italian word for or. Master the art of choice in Italian with practical examples that’ll have you chatting like a local in no time! 😊

  • Keep it simple: Just like in English, o is all you need to offer options. It’s the tiny but mighty link between possibilities in Italian. 🤏
  • Placement is key: Remember to sandwich o right between the choices you’re presenting. It’s the perfect connector! 🥪
  • Decisions, decisions: Use o when asking a question that requires a choice. “Tè o caffè?” is like asking “Tea or coffee?” ☕️
  • Direction matters: Whether you’re deciding on destinations or plans, o guides the way. “Vai a Roma o a Milano?” helps choose between Rome or Milan. 🗺️
  • Quantity conundrums: When numbers come into play, o helps sort out how much. “Volete uno o due gelati?” is the go-to for one or two ice creams. 🍨

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What does o mean in Italian?

In today’s lesson, you’re going to learn something pretty straightforward: how to use o that is the equivalent of or  in English.

You just need one letter: o. Like in English, we use this word to link two or more options, and it’s placed between the options.

O: examples

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Let’s have a look at some examples:

o caffè?

Tea or coffee?

Vieni a casa o vai con loro?

Are you coming home or are you going with them?

Volete uno o due gelati?

Do you want one or two ice creams? 

Vai a Roma o a Milano?

Are you going to Rome or to Milan?

What does "o" mean?

It's a conjunction equivalent of or in English and it's used as a connector between two words.

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