How to say WHAT in Italian

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Say WHAT in Italian

COSA / CHE / QUALE?

Joee asks: “How do I say WHAT in Italian? OR… when do I use CHE and when CHE COSA?

What is the difference between CHE and CHE COSA ? In which cases are they used in Italian?

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WHAT + VERB (no noun) CHE / COSA / CHE COSA

– when it is followed by a verb.

 

Examples:


CHE VUOI?
CHE COSA VUOI?
COSA VUOI?


(Formal)
CHE PRENDE?
COSA PRENDE?
CHE COSA PRENDE?

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▷ WHAT + NOUN CHE , QUALE / QUALI (plural)

– when it is followed by a noun (without COSA)

 

Examples:


(CHE + NOUN)
CHE LIBRO VUOI?
CHE ANTIPASTO PRENDE SIGNORA?
CHE LINGUE PARLI?


(QUALE + NOUN) Limited option – when you mean “WHICH” or showing options.
QUALE LIBRO VUOI?
QUALE ANTIPASTO PREFERISCE?

▷ Exceptions:

 

QUALE is required in the following sentences:


QUAL È IL TUO NUMERO DI TELEFONO? -“what’s your telephone number?
QUAL È IL TUO INDIRIZZO? – “what’s your address?

Other options on How to say “What?” in Italian.

▷ CHE?
▷ COSA?
▷ COME?
▷ SCUSA? (informal)
▷ SCUSI? (formal)
▷ COME,SCUSI?

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