How to use “ora che”: Italian grammar lesson 179

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Get ready to charm in Italian! 🇮🇹 Dive into the nuances of expressing time with “ora che” and “una volta che.” From love songs to daily conversations, you’ll learn how to say “now that” and “once you” like a true Italian! 🎶

  • “Ora che” is your go-to phrase for “now that” in Italian. It’s a direct translation and super easy to remember – perfect for setting the scene in your Italian tales! 🌟
  • Feeling poetic? Use “ora che” with the present or past tense to add a touch of drama to your stories. Whether you’ve just arrived or long gone, it sets the mood just right. 📖
  • When you’re ready to move on from the present, “una volta che” steps in. It means “once you” and works with past, present, or future tense, giving your Italian a time-traveling twist! ⏳
  • Keep it literal with “una volta che” translating to “one time that.” It’s your linguistic key to unlocking actions that follow a condition – a handy tool for any Italian speaker! 🔑
  • Remember, “ora che” and “una volta che” aren’t just grammar points; they’re your passport to connecting with Italians on a deeper level. Use them to make your conversations flow like a native! 🌊

What does ora che mean in Italian?

Before we start with today’s post, we recommend listening to this song to get in the mood: “Ora che ho te” by Claudio Baglioni.

Have a look at some of the lyrics and focus on the meaning of ora che:

Ora che ho te
Amo l’altra gente.
(…)
Ora che ho te
Non è più uguale.

Now that I have you
I love other people
(…)
Now that I have you
It’s not the same anymore.

You probably guessed it’s a love song and realized ora che is the equivalent of now that in English.

Now that you read (and hopefully heard) these lyrics, you’re ready to start.

How to say now that in Italian

How to use ora che in Italian?

In today’s post, we’re going to focus on two themes: how to say “now that” and how to say “once you”.

As you saw in the lyrics above, when Italians say ora che they mean now that. It shouldn’t be hard to remember since it’s a very literal translation.

If we want to say once you as in the sentence: “Once you have finished, come here” we say una volta che.

How to say once you in Italian

Ora che: examples

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You’ll notice that we use ora che with the present or past tense:

Ora che siete andati via, mi rendo conto che mi mancate.

Now that you’ve left, I realize I miss you.

Ora che sei qui, vorrei parlare con te.

Now that you’re here, I’d like to talk to you.

Ora che abbiamo tempo, finiamo questo.

Now that we have time, let’s finish this.

Ora che siamo più vecchi, abbiamo più tempo a disposizione.

Now that we’re older, we have more time available.

Now that in Italian

Una volta che: examples

With una volta che we can use the past, present, or future tense.

Una volta che literally means one time that. We use it as the equivalent of once you, as in the examples below:

Una volta che sei qui ti faccio vedere il quartiere.

Once you’re here, I’ll show you the neighborhood.

Una volta che avete finito, potete andare via.

Once you have finished, you can leave.

Fammi sapere una volta che hai comprato tutto.

Let me know once you have bought everything.

Una volta che sarete lì, non vorrete andare via.

Once you’re there, you won’t want to leave.

Once you in Italian 1

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FAQs on How to use “ora che”: Italian grammar lesson 179

What does "ora che" mean?

Is the equivalent of now that in English.

How to use "ora che" in Italian?

With the present or past tense.

How to use "una volta che"?

"Una volta che" literally means one time that. Its used as the equivalent of once (you) and it works with the past, present, or future tense.

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