Italian word of the week: Ancora

Another week another word.

The verb: Ancora [ˈankora]

What does it mean? There is actually a few translations for ancora in English, it depends on the context. It can mean – still, again, yet and even.

Why is it my word of the week? Today some of my students were learning the present perfect tense (e.g. Have you done your homework yet?). Naturally this led me to learn the use of ancora. There is a little difficulty for Italian speakers to learn it as it doesn’t exactly exist in Italian. The same applies to English speakers. If you would like to know more about the differences between the present perfect in Italian and English, look here.

Here are some useful phrases. 

Ancora a lungo – still for some time.

Ancora una volta – yet again/once more/once and again.

Ancora, di nuovo – do over again.

La strada è ancora lunga (idiom) – there is still much to do.

Il meglio deve ancora arrivare – the best is yet to come.

Un capitolo ancora tutto da scrivere – that chapter has yet to be written.

Hope this has been helpful….until next time.

Lorena 🙂

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