Ogni volta che
As we mentioned in a previous lesson, ogni is a very common and versatile word in Italian. It might mean “each”, “every”, and “all”.
In today’s lesson we’re going to learn an expression with ogni: ogni volta che, which translates as “every time (that)”.
In English, we can just ignore the word “that” but in Italian, we have to say che, otherwise the sentence sounds incomplete.
Have a look at the example below:
Ogni volta che guardo quel film mi emoziono.
Every time I watch that movie, I get emotional.
This expression can go either at the beginning or at the end of the sentence.
For instance, if we take the example above, we could also say:
Mi emoziono ogni volta che guardo quel film.
I get emotional, every time I watch that movie.
Ogni volta che: structure
As you can see, the structure is quite simple: ogni volta che + verb.
This verb can be in the past, present, or future tense.
Also, the sentence is made of two parts, like in English. You cannot just say ogni volta che guardo quel film and that’s it.
You need to complete it with another clause.
Ogni volta che: examples
Now, let’s look at some examples in the past, present, and future:
Ogni volta che andavo in vacanza là mi divertivo.
Every time I would go there on holiday, I would have fun.
Sporco tutta la cucina ogni volta che cucino.
I get the kitchen dirty, every time I cook.
Io ci sarò ogni volta che avrai bisogno di me.
I will be there every time you’ll need me.
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