Time expressions

Here are some Italian expressions related to time.

Specifying the day

l'altroierithe day before yesterday
dopodomanithe day after tomorrow

Specifying the time of day

la scorsa nottelast night
domani seratomorrow night
alla mattinain the morning
al pomeriggioin the afternoon
alla serain the evening
ieri mattinayesterday morning
ieri pomeriggioyesterday afternoon
ieri serayesterday evening
stamattinathis morning
questo pomeriggiothis afternoon
staserathis evening
domattinatomorrow morning
domani pomeriggiotomorrow afternoon
domani seratomorrow evening

Specifying the week, month, or year

la settimana scorsalast week
il mese scorsolast month
l'anno scorsolast year
questa settimanathis week
questo mesethis month
quest'annothis year
la prossima settimananext week
il mese prossimonext month
l'anno prossimonext year

Other time expressions

allorathen (at that time)
poithen (afterwards)
subitostraight away
tra pocosoon
cinque minuti fafive minutes ago
mezz'ora fahalf an hour ago
un'ora faan hour ago
una settimana faa week ago
due settimane fatwo weeks ago
un mese faa month ago
un anno faa year ago
tanto tempo faa long time ago
tra dieci minutiin ten minutes' time or in ten minutes
tra un'orain an hour's time or in an hour
tra una settimanain a week's time or in a week
tra dieci giorniin ten days' time or in ten days
tra tre settimanein three weeks' time or in three weeks
tra due mesiin two months' time or in two months
tra dieci anniin ten years' time or in ten years
il giorno primathe previous day
la settimana primathe previous week
il mese primathe previous month
l'anno primathe previous year
il giorno dopothe following day
la settimana dopothe following week
il mese dopothe following month
l'anno dopothe following year


Duration in Italian is usually expressed using the word per, as in the following examples:

ho vissuto in Canada per sei mesiI lived in Canada for six months
ho lavorato qui per nove anniI've worked here for nine years
domani vado in Francia per due settimaneI'm going to France tomorrow for two weeks
abbiamo nuotato per molto tempowe were swimming for a long time


a voltesometimes
spesso or di frequenteoften or frequently
di solito or normalmenteusually or normally
tutti i giorni or quotidianamenteevery day or daily
tutte le settimane or settimanalmenteevery week or weekly
tutti i mesi or mensilmenteevery month or monthly
tutti gli anni or annualmenteevery year or yearly

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