Adverbs (Avverbi)

List of Basic Adverbs (Lista di avverbi di base)

adesso in this moment, now
allora then
ancora still, yet
dapprima at first, at the outset
domani tomorrow
dopo after
ebbene nowadays
already, by now, yet
ieri yesterday
infine at last, finally
l'indomani the day after
mai ever
oggi today
oggigiorno nowadays
soon, early
quando when
sempre ever
sovente often
stamattina this morning
this night
tosto at once
ci (to) there
dappertutto everywhere
davanti before
dentro within, inside, indoors
distante away
dove where
fuori outside, outdoors
laggiù there
lì / là here, there
lontano away
ne from here / there
oltremare overseas
ovunque everywere
prima before
qui / qua here 
sotto below, downstairs, underneath
sopra above, on top, overhead, upstairs
vi here, there
vicino near
abbastanza enough, rather, sufficiently
circa about, approximately
così so
meno less
molto quite, very, very much
too, exceedingly, excessively
più more
poco little
quanto as much, as many
quasi almost, nearly
troppo too, too much
Affirmation / Negation Interrogation Manner
appena barely, hardly, (only) just
certo certainly, sure
davvero absolutely, indeed, really
maybe, perhaps, possibly
mai never
ne neither 
neanche even not
no not
non no
si yes
sicuro certainly, sure
come? how?
come mai? why?
dove? where?
perché? why?
quando? when?
quanto? how much (many)

alto aloud, loudly
anche even, too
bene well
come as, like, such as
così so, that way, thus
forte aloud, loudly
male badly
perbene duly, as it is to be done
piano silently
presto soon, fast, quickly
soprattutto above all, especially
veloce(mente) soon, fast, quickly

See also Derived Adverbs.

Derived Adverbs

A lot of adverbs are derived regularly from the feminine forms of the adjectives by adding the suffix -mente (this pattern appeared in the Vulgar Latin), cf.

These adverbs correspond to the English adverbs formed by -ly.

Some important adverbs in mente are:

The adverbs derived from adjectives in -le or -re drop the vowel before the ending:

Some adverbs are formed from the adjectives by the way of conversion (in other words their forms coincide with the masculine forms of the adjectives), cf.:

Degree of the Adverbs (Gradi degli Avverbi)

Comparative Degree (Grado Comparativo)

Normal Comparative
Superiority Equality Inferiority



più ADVdi


ADV. come

  ADV. quanto

meno ADV. di

più veloce(mente) di

veloce come

(tanto) veloce(mente) quanto

meno veloce(mente) di

Superlative Degree (Grado Superlativo)


Superiority Inferiority


 ADJ. Superl. + -mente

il meno ADV. possibile


il più ADV. possibile

il meno veloce(mente) possibile

il più veloce(mente) possibile

Two adverbs have irregular forms:

Adverbials (Locuzioni avverbiali)

Time Place Manner
alla fine at last, finally
all'inizio at first, at the outset
a lunga scadenza in the long term
à presente
a volte sometimes
certe volte sometimes
da allora ever since
da molto
tempo a long time ago
da sempre
since ever
da tanto (tempo) since longtime
delle volte sometimes
d'improvviso suddenly
d'ora in avanti since this moment on
d'ora in poi since this moment on
di tanto in tanto from time to time
l'altro ieri the day before yesterday
ogni volta every time
a destra to the right
a casa home
a lato sidewards
a sinistra
to the left
da basso below, downstairs
da dove from where
da nessuna parte nowhere
da qualche parte somewhere
da (una) parte beside
da sotto from downstairs / below
da tutte le parti
from everywhere
di fuori outside, outdoors
di sopra / sù upstairs
di sotto / giù downstairs
in fuori outside, outdoors
in nessun luogo nowhere
per di qui / per di qua
this way
a bassa voce silently
ad alta voce aloud, loudly
alla francese in a French manner
a poco a poco inch by inch
a righe
line by line
a turno
con la massima stima respectfully
da signora ladylike
di buon grado
by good will
di nascosto stealthily
di proposito deliberately
in conformità
in piedi
in quel modo
so, that way, thus
in questo modo so, that way, thus
in vano in vain
per consuetidine habitually
per scherzo
Quantity / Degree

Affirmation / Negation

altrettanto di as far as
da poco of some 
del tutto of all, completely
di più of much
in certo qual modo to some extent
in più more
il meno... at least
il più... at most
per lo meno at least
per quanto as much
più o meno aproximately
tanto che like this, so, that way, thus
tanto quanto as far as
troppo poco too little
d'accordo in agreement
di nessuna specie not at all
in effetti
in effect
ma certo of course
no del tutto not at all
per niente
not at all
senza dubbio undoubtedly

See also Placement of the Adverb.

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