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povero

English translation of povero

poor

The word 'povero' in Italian is used to describe a lack of money or material possessions, just like the English word 'poor'. It can also be used to express pity or sympathy towards someone in a difficult situation. For example, 'Quel povero uomo ha perso tutto' means 'That poor man has lost everything'.


Example sentences using: povero

Povero ragazzo, ha perso il suo gatto.

English translation of Povero ragazzo, ha perso il suo gatto.

Poor boy, he lost his cat.

In this sentence, 'povero' is used to express sympathy or pity towards the boy who has lost his cat. Similar to the English 'poor', it conveys a sense of compassion or empathy.

Sei un povero ingenuo se pensi che si fidanzino con te.

English translation of Sei un povero ingenuo se pensi che si fidanzino con te.

You are a poor fool if you think they will date you.

Here, 'povero' is used before 'ingenuo' (naive/fool) and implies a negative sentiment, revealing the speaker's opinion that the person being spoken to is hopelessly naive if they hold a certain belief. It's similar to calling someone a 'poor fool' in English.

Viviamo in un mondo povero di generosità.

English translation of Viviamo in un mondo povero di generosità.

We live in a world poor in generosity.

In this context, 'povero' is used to describe a lack or scarcity of something, in this case, generosity. Much like the English word 'poor', it can be used to describe an inadequate amount or degree of a certain quality or substance.

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