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Italian translation of 'to'


(tuː; weak formtə)


  1. (direction)
    1. (gen) a
    2. (towards) verso
    3. (to a country) in
    4. (to sb's house, office, shop) da
    have you ever been to India? sei mai stata in India?
    to go to the doctor's andare dal dottore
    to go to France andare in Francia
    to the left a sinistra
    a letter to his wife una lettera a sua moglie
    to go to Paris andare a Parigi
    to go to Peter's andare da Peter
    to go to Portugal andare in Portogallo
    to the right a destra
    the road to Edinburgh la strada per Edimburgo
    to go to school andare a scuola
    to go to the station andare alla stazione
  2. (next to, with position) a
    with one's back to the wall con le spalle al muro
    the door is to the left (of) la porta è a sinistra (di)
    at right angles to sth ad angolo retto con qc
  3. (as far as) fino a
    to count to 10 contare fino a dieci
    to some extent fino a un certo punto, in parte
    from here to London da qui (fino) a Londra
    from 40 to 50 people da 40 a 50 persone
    to be wet to the skin essere bagnato (‑a) fino al midollo
  4. (with expressions of time) a
    it's twenty-five to 3 mancano venticinque minuti alle 3, sono le 2 e trentacinque
  5. (expressing indirect object) a
    it belongs to him gli appartiene, è suo
    to drink to sb bere a qn or alla salute di qn
    to give sth to sb dare qc a qn
    give it to me dammelo
    the key to the front door la chiave della porta d'ingresso
    to be kind to sb essere gentile con qn
    a monument to the fallen un monumento ai caduti
    the man I sold it to or the man to whom I sold it (formal) l'uomo (a) cui l'ho venduto
    a solution to the problem una soluzione al problema
  6. (in relation to) (in confronto) a
    A is to B as C is to D A sta a B come C sta a D
    30 miles to the gallon ≈ 11 chilometri con un litro
    5 apples to the kilo 5 mele in un chilo
    10 inhabitants to the square kilometre 10 abitanti per chilometro quadrato
    that's nothing to what is to come non è nulla in confronto a ciò che ancora deve venire
    superior to the others superiore agli altri
    three goals to two tre reti a due
  7. (about)
    that's all there is to it questo è tutto, è tutto qui
    what do you say to this? che cosa ne pensi?
  8. (according to) secondo
    to the best of my recollection per quanto mi ricordi io
    we danced to the music of ... abbiamo ballato con la musica di...
    to my way of thinking secondo il mio modo di pensare, a mio parere
  9. (purpose, result)
    to come to sb's aid venire in aiuto a qn
    to sentence sb to death condannare qn a morte
    to my great surprise con mia grande sorpresa


(with verb)
  1. (simple infinitive)
    to go/eat andare/mangiare
  2. (following another verb)
    to start to cry incominciare or mettersi a piangere
    to try to do cercare di fare
    to want to do voler fare
  3. (purpose, result) per
    he did it to help you l'ha fatto per aiutarti
    he came to see you è venuto per vederti
  4. (with ellipsis of verb)
    you ought to dovresti (farlo)
    I don't want to non voglio (farlo)
  5. (equivalent to relative clause) da
    I have things to do ho (delle cose) da fare
    he's not the sort to do that non è il tipo da fare una cosa del genere
    now is the time to do it è ora di farlo
    he has a lot to lose rischia grosso
    he has nothing to lose non ha nulla da perdere
  6. (after adjective etc)
    the first to go il (la) primo (‑a) ad andarsene
    hard to believe difficile da credere
    too old to ... troppo vecchio (‑a) per...
    ready to go pronto (‑a) a partire
    too young to ... troppo giovane per...


  1. to go to and fro andare e tornare
    to pull/push the door to (closed) accostare la porta
  2. to come to (recover consciousness) riprendere conoscenza

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Example Sentences Including 'to'

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Then again, not to do him down too much, he does have his more positive side.
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Then I went with Christian to the Italian sandwich bar on the corner.
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Finally she interrupted to ask which one of us was Mr Tedeschi.
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'to' in Other Languages

British English: to /tuː; tʊ; tə/ PREPOSITION
You use to when you are talking about the position or direction of something.
She went to the window and looked out.
  • American English: to
  • Arabic: إِلَى
  • Brazilian Portuguese: para
  • Chinese:
  • Croatian: prema
  • Czech: do
  • Danish: til
  • Dutch: naar
  • European Spanish: a destino
  • French: pour
  • German: zu
  • Greek: προς
  • Italian: a
  • Japanese: ・・・に
  • Korean: ...으로 방향
  • Norwegian: til
  • Polish: do o przestrzeni
  • European Portuguese: para
  • Romanian: laindică destinația
  • Russian: к
  • Latin American Spanish: a
  • Swedish: till inte från
  • Thai: ไปถึง
  • Turkish: oraya, orada
  • Ukrainian: до
  • Vietnamese: tới
British English: to /tuː; tʊ; tə/ PARTICLE
You use to before the infinitive, the simple form of a verb.
It was time to leave.
  • American English: to
  • Arabic: لِ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: de
  • Chinese: 用于动词不定式之前
  • Croatian: za
  • Czech: kčástice označující infinitiv
  • Danish: at
  • Dutch: te
  • European Spanish: partícula de infinitivo
  • Finnish: infinitiivin partikkeli, <käytetään erilaisissa infinitiivirakenteissa>
  • French: infinitif
  • German: zu
  • Greek: να
  • Italian: di
  • Japanese: 不定詞の前に用いられる
  • Korean: 부정사용법
  • Norwegian: å
  • Polish: nie tłumaczy się na język polski
  • European Portuguese: de
  • Romanian: aparticulă a infinitivului
  • Russian: (признак неопределенной формы глагола)
  • Latin American Spanish: (forma infinitva de los verbos)
  • Swedish: att
  • Thai: ที่จะ
  • Turkish: n/a
  • Ukrainian: вказує на неозначену форму дієслова
  • Vietnamese: dùng để đứng trước một động từ chưa chia


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