Allora is a very useful word in Italian. It can have several meanings and it can be used in different contexts. So, today you’re going to learn all the meanings of the Italian word allora and how to use it.
The first meaning of the Italian word allora is back then. As Italian synonyms it has in quel tempo, in quel momento.
Allora i treni non esistevano
Back then, trains didn’t exist
Allora non mi piaceva il basket
Back then, I didn’t like basketball
The second meaning of allora is in that moment. You can replace allora with in quel tempo, and in quel momento.
Devi provare, solo allora ti renderai conto che avevo ragione
You’ve to try, only in that moment you’ll realize that I was right
Allora can be used as a conjunction to introduce a conclusion or a logical result. Other synonyms of allora are così, and perciò.
La partita era noiosa, allora sono andato a bere una birra
The match was boring, so I went to grab a beer
Aveva freddo, allora le ho prestato la mia giacca
She was cold, so I lent her my jacket
Se le cose stanno così, allora dobbiamo lasciare il paese
As things stand, we have to leave the country
The Italian word allora is used in imperative, interrogative and exhortative sentences to refer to something that has already been said at some time in the past or to a topic that you’ve already covered in the past. You can express curiosity, impatience, or even irritation.
Allora? Hai passato l’esame?
Well, did you pass the exam?
Allora? Sei pronto?
Well, are you ready?
Finally, allora can also be used just to start a speech, without any meaning, to change topic, and also to give yourself some time to think before starting to say something.
Allora, apriamo il libro a pagina 36
So, let’s open the book at page 36
Allora, passiamo adesso a un altro argomento: i verbi pronominali
So, let’s now move to another topic: pronominal verbs
Allora, il 40 percento di 365 è…219
Well, 40% of 365 is…219
As you can see the Italian word allora can have several meanings and uses. If this article helped you learn some of them, don’t forget to share it!
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