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Italian Adverbs of Time

The main adverbs of time in Italian are:

Prima (before)

used to indicate an action which took place before another.


E.g:
Prima di andare a lavorare, faccio la spesa.
Before I go to work, I go shopping.

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Dopo (after)

used to indicate an action which took place before another.


E.g:
Dopo essere andato alla posta, sono passato in banca.
After going to the post office, I went to the bank.

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Ieri (yesterday)
We generally use the present perfect (passato prossimo) or imperfect (imperfetto) tenses when we talk about what happened ieri.

E.g:
Ieri sono andata al cinema.
I went to the cinema yesterday.

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Avant'ieri (the day before yesterday)
Again we generally use the present perfect (passato prossimo) or imperfect (imperfetto) tenses when we talk about what happened avant'ieri.

E.g:

Avant'ieri sono andata al mare.
I went to the beach the day before yesterday.

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Oggi (today)
We use the present (presente), present perfect (passato prossimo), imperfect (imperfetto) or future simple (futuro semplice) tenses when we talk about oggi.

E.g:
Oggi vado/ sono andata/ andrò dal parrucchiere.
Today I'm going/ I went to the hairdresser's.

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Domani (tomorrow)

We use the present or future tenses when we talk about what's going to happen domani.

E.g:
Domani vado/andrò a far la spesa.
I'm going to do the shopping tomorrow.

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Dopodomani (the day after tomorrow)

We use the present or future tenses to talk about what's going to happen dopodomani.

E.g:
Dopodomani è/sarà domenica.
The day after tomorrow is/will be Sunday.

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Stamattina (this morning)

We use the present, past or future tenses to talk about stamattina, depending on what time of the day it is.

E.g:
Stamattina compro/ho comprato/comprerò la carne.
This morning I bought/ I've bought/ I'm going to buy some meat.

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Stasera (this evening)

We use the present, past or future tenses to talk about stasera, depending on what time of the day it is.

E.g:
Stasera vado/ sono andata/ andrò a mangiar la pizza.
This evening I ate/ I've eaten/ I'm going to eat a pizza.

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Stanotte (tonight)

We use the present, past or future tenses to talk about stanotte, depending on what time of the day it is.

E.g:
Stanotte vado/andrò/sono andata a ballare.
Tonight I'm going/ I went/ I've been to a night club.

 

See also:

Italian exercise Adverbs and time expressions

 

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