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British English: /ɪf/
American English: /ɪf/
If is almost always translated by se, except in the case of a very few usages which are shown below. Please note that both if and whether are translated by se in Italian.

Translation of if in Italian:


  • 1 (in the event that, supposing that) I'll help you if you pay me I'm not coming if you invite her
    non vengo se inviti lei
    if he dies o if he should die, it will have been your fault
    se dovesse morire sarà colpa tua
    if she is to be believed
    stando a quanto dice
    if possible
    se possibile
    tomorrow, if convenient if asked, I would say that …
    se me lo chiedessero direi che …
    I'll come with you if you like
    vengo con te se vuoi
    he answers in monosyllables, if he answers at all
    quando risponde, risponde a monosillabi
    it was a milestone in our history, if you like
    è stata, se vogliamo, una pietra miliare nella nostra storia
    if I were you, I…
    al posto tuo, io…
    if it were to snow
    se nevicasse
    if it were not for the baby, we could go camping
    se non fosse per il bambino potremmo andare in campeggio
    if so
    se è così, se le cose stanno così
    if not
    se no
    tomorrow, if not sooner if I'm not mistaken
  • 2 (whenever) if in doubt, consult the manual
    in caso di dubbi, consultare il manuale
    if you mention his name, she cries if they need any advice they always come to me
    quando hanno bisogno di un consiglio vengono sempre da me
  • 3 (whether) I wonder if they will come
    mi chiedo se verranno
    do you know if they survived or not?
    sai se sono sopravvissuti?
    can you remember if he told you?
  • 4 (that)I'm sorry if she doesn't like it but…
    mi dispiace che non le vada a genio ma…
    do you mind if I smoke?
    vi dà fastidio se fumo?
    I don't care if he is married!
    non mi importa se è sposato!
  • 5 (although, accepting that)
    anche se
    we'll go even if it's dangerous (even) if they are old, at least they are not alone
    anche se sono vecchi, almeno non sono soli
    it's a good shop, if a little expensive
    è un buon negozio, benché un po' caro
    a pleasant, if rather small, apartment
    un grazioso appartamento, anche se piuttosto piccolo
    it was interesting, if nothing else
    se non altro era interessante
  • 6 (as polite formula)if you would sign here please, follow me please
    se cortesemente vuole firmare qui, seguirmi
  • 8
    also: what if
    e se
    what if he died?
    e se morisse?
    what if I say no?
    e se dicessi di no?
    (so) what if he ( o I etc.) did?
  • 9
    also: if only
    if only because (of)
    anche solo a causa di
    if only for a moment
    anche solo per un momento
    if only for one reason
    foss'anche per una sola ragione
    if only I had known!
    se avessi saputo!
    if only I could get my hands on them!
    se solo potessi mettergli le mani addosso!


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