Conversational Italian: NON AVERE TUTTI I TORTI (to be right)

By Manu Venditti | Advanced

Oct 29

Transcript

  • ENGLISH
  • ITALIANO

In this video 100% in Italian (and therefore for Advanced Students) we look at a useful expression us Italians use a lot.

And it’s:

NON AVERE TUTTI I TORTI
(where the verb AVERE is conjugated according to the situation).

It basically means:
TO BE RIGHT
TO BE MAKING A GOOD POINT (SUGGESTION/COMMENT)


If we are discussing to go to Rome by Train and you say:
“MA OGGI C’È SCIOPERO, PERCHÉ NON PRENDIAMO LA MACCHINA?”
(But today there’s a strike, why don’t we drive?”)

I could reply with a:
È VERO. NON HAI TUTTI I TORTI
(It’s true. You have a point there)

It’s like saying:
“You’re actually right. With the strike there could be delays with the trains so you suggestion to drive is spot on”


If I am peeling potatoes and you tell me:
“SE TU, INVECE DI SBUCCIARE LA PATATA COSÌ, FAI COSÌ, FAI PRIMA!”
(if you, instead of peeling to potato this way, do this other way, you’ll be done sooner”)

And I think about it and tell you:
“NON HAI TUTTI I TORTI”
(You’re kinda right!)

I am telling you that your suggestion to use a different method to peel potatoes makes sense!

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