Nonostante + subjunctive: Italian grammar lesson 221

Summary

Dive into the depths of the Italian language with our guide on the subjunctive mood! Master the art of expressing desires, doubts, and hypotheticals using the versatile word nonostante paired with the subjunctive for that authentic Italian flair.

  • Unlock the Subjunctive: Get to grips with the congiuntivo to express everything from hopes to fears, and learn why it often follows the word che.
  • Nonostante Nuances: Discover how nonostante adds depth to your Italian by signaling contrast and setting up for the subjunctive twist.
  • Subjunctive Spectrum: Whether it’s present, past, imperfect, or past perfect, know when to use each type of subjunctive after nonostante.
  • Real-life Examples: See nonostante in action with sentences that showcase how to use it with different subjunctive tenses.
  • Subjunctive Triggers: Besides nonostante, learn other Italian words that demand the subjunctive, like sembra che and prima che.

My thoughts

The Italian subjunctive

We use the Italian verb form congiuntivo, the subjunctive, to talk about hopes, hypotheses, desires, fears, possibilities, uncertain situations, and doubts.

And you will find it a lot in Italian after the word che and after other specific words.

There are four types of subjunctive in Italian:

But in today’s lesson, we’re going to focus on the following structure: nonostante + subjunctive.

What is the meaning of nonostante?

When nonostante is followed by the subjunctive, it could be translated in the following ways:

  • In spite of the fact that
  • Despite the fact that
  • Even though

We use nonostante to express a contrast between two things because nonostante is a conjunction which means it’s used to connect two clauses or sentences.

More specifically, we use it to say that something happens even though something else could have prevented it but it didn’t.

Let’s have a look at some examples:

Continuano a studiare nonostante siano stanchi.

They carry on studying despite the fact that they’re tired.

Nonostante fossi stanco, sono rimasto sveglio!

Even though I was tired, I stayed awake.

How to use nonostante + subjunctive?

There are many words that need the subjunctive such as sembra che, in caso, non sapevo che, magari, prima che, and qualunque, chiunque, ovunque.

As we already mentioned, we use nonostante to talk about something hypothetical. And since we use the subjunctive to talk about hypotheses, this word triggers the use of the subjunctive.

Free Guide
How to Learn Languages Fast

Just so you know, nonostante can be followed by any of the four subjunctives, depending on what you want to say.

Nonostante + subjunctive: examples

Let’s have a look at some more examples.

Pay attention to the type of subjunctive nonostante is followed in each sentence:

Stasera non esco nonostante abbia voglia.

I’m not going out tonight even though I want to.

Non abbiamo mangiato niente nonostante avessimo fame.

We didn’t eat anything in spite of the fact that we were hungry.

Nonostante piovesse, non ho preso l’ombrello.

Even though it was raining, I didn’t get the umbrella.

Non ci sono riuscito nonostante ci abbia provato.

I didn’t make it despite the fact that I tried.

Non lo ha riconosciuto, nonostante lo avesse incontrato molte volte.

He didn’t recognize him even though he had met him many times.

What is the meaning of "nonostante"?

When followed by the subjunctive, it could be translated as: In spite of the fact that, despite the fact that, and even though.

How to use nonostante + subjunctive?

We use "nonostante" to talk about something hypothetical and it can be followed by any of the four verbal moods of the subjunctives.

Italian word of the day
passeggiata
Example
Hai voglia di fare una passeggiata?
Do you feel like going for a walk?
Follow me to fluency​

Create a free lifetime account to get access to all the free courses and other resources.

2 Responses

    1. “Nonostante” è troppo formale e pesante per questa frase ma è comunque corretto.

Leave a Reply

Take a free lesson today!

Create a free lifetime account to get access to all the free lessons and other resources.

I’ll also deliver my free resources my best offers to your mailbox (opt out at any time).

How to make comparisons in Italian? Learn the grammar with simple rules and examples and practice with audio lessons.
How to say unless in Italian? Before we go into detail, have a look at this sentence: I won’t call you unless there are any problems. This sentence means: I will...
How to use letting someone do something in Italian? Learn the grammar with simple rules and examples and practice with audio lessons.
What are if clauses? If you don’t know what if clauses are, here are some examples in English for you to understand better: If you cry, you feel better afterward....
Try my courses for free​
Stefano
Log in

Reset password or get in touch.

Not a member yet? Join today!

How long to fluency?

Find out how long it will take you to master Italian!
Get on the right track in 3 minutes.

dolce vita logo

We're already friends!

Coming from Luca and Marina?
Here's a special deal for you!
Just tell me where I should send the coupon.

50% OFF
all language resources

We're already friends!

Coming from All Language Resources?
Here's a special deal for you!
Just tell me where I should send the coupon.

50% OFF
GRAB A COUPON NOW, REDEEM IT LATER
50% OFF

To receive free resources once a week together with my best offers, just tell me where to send everything. Opt out at any time.

Create a free lifetime account to get access to all the free lesson and other resources.