How to use stesso: Italian grammar lesson 119

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In this short post, we’re going to see how to use stesso.

Stesso basically means “same” and behaves like an adjective which means it changes depending on the gender and number of the noun it refers to.

We can say stesso, stessa, stessi, and stesse.

Stesso (and all its variants) refers to something or someone that’s exactly like something or someone else. This means it involves two or more things or people.

For now, let’s have a quick look at the sentence below:

Abbiamo avuto la stessa idea.

We’ve had the same idea.

What does stesso mean

Stesso, stessa, stessi, stesse

Let’s see when we use stesso, stessa, stessi and stesse:

  • Stesso: when the noun is masculine singular
  • Stessa: when the noun is feminine singular
  • Stessi: when the noun is masculine plural
  • Stesse: when the noun is feminine plural

Let’s now look at some examples:

Avete fatto lo stesso errore.

You made the same mistake.

Abbiamo comprato la stessa maglia.

We bought the same t-shirt.

Abbiamo gli stessi gusti.

We have the same taste.

Sto cercando un prodotto con le stesse caratteristiche.

I’m looking for a product with the same characteristics.

Stesso meaning

Il mio stesso

If you want to be specific and refer to someone, you will use a definite article (like il, la, le, etc.) and a possessive adjective right before stesso, stessa, etc.

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Here are the structure and an example below:

  • definite article + possessive adjective + stesso/stessa/stessi/stesse + noun
  • il + suo + stesso + cane

Let’s review the possessive adjectives:

  • Mio, mia, miei, mie
  • Tuo, tua, tuoi, tue
  • Suo, sua, suoi, sue
  • Nostro, nostra, nostri, nostre
  • Vosto, vostra, vostri, vostre
  • Loro (it’s the same for all)

In this case, we would translate it as “as me”, “as you”, “as her”, etc., as you can see in the examples below:

Hai i suoi stessi occhi.

You have the same eyes as him.

Hai le mie stesse scarpe.

You have the same shoes as me.

Avete i nostri stessi problemi.

You have the same problems as us.

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