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se

English translation of se

whether

The word 'se' in Italian is used to express the English word 'whether'. It is often used to indicate a choice between two alternatives, as in 'I don't know whether to go to the beach or to the mountains.' However, it can also be used to express uncertainty or doubt, as in 'I don't know whether he will come to the party.' In both cases, 'se' is used to introduce a subordinate clause that expresses a condition or possibility.


Example sentences using: se

Non so se ho tempo domani.

English translation of Non so se ho tempo domani.

I don't know if I have time tomorrow.

In this example, 'Se' is used to introduce a doubt or a question within a sentence. The speaker is unsure if they have time tomorrow.

Se vuoi, possiamo andare al cinema stasera.

English translation of Se vuoi, possiamo andare al cinema stasera.

If you want, we can go to the cinema tonight.

The word 'Se' in this sentence is used in the conditional sense, to mean 'if'. The speaker is saying that they can go to the cinema tonight, if the person they are talking to wants to.

Sarebbe meglio se studiassi di più.

English translation of Sarebbe meglio se studiassi di più.

It would be better if you studied more.

In this context, 'Se' introduces a hypothetical situation where the person addressed would study more. The speaker is suggesting that studying more would improve the situation.

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