There’s a common expression in Italian that we use when we’ve had enough of something: basta! It literally means “enough!”, and it’s quite common among Italians.
We usually use it when someone is bothering or annoying us.
Loot at these two different uses of basta:
Basta! Non litigate più!
Enough! Stop arguing!
Un giorno non basta.
A day is not enough.
This verb can, of course, be conjugated, but we mainly use basta and bastano, since we don’t use the equivalent of “you’re enough” or “I’m enough” very often.
We use the equivalents of “it’s enough” and “they’re enough” much more often.
Anyway, this verb is regular and its conjugation is the following:
- io basto, tu basti, lui/lei basta, noi bastiamo, voi bastante, loro bastano
If we want to specify who something is enough to, we need an indirect object pronoun.
Let’s have a look at all of them:
- mi: (for) me
- ti: (for) you
- gli/le: (for) him/ her
- ci: (for) us
- vi: (for) you
- gli: (for) them
Have a look at these two very similar sentences, but with a very slight difference:
Basta la tua presenza.
Your presence is enough.
Mi basta la tua presenza.
Your presence is enough for me.
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As you’ll see below, the subject sometimes goes before and other times goes after the verb.
Also, we use it in the negative a lot, since sometimes certain things are just not enough!
Let’s now look at some examples:
Bastano questi ingredienti?
Are these ingredients enough?
Non basta un sorriso.
A smile is not enough.
Sinceramente, mi basti tu.
Honestly, you’re enough for me.
La verità non basta.
The truth is not enough.
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