Idioms introduced by the preposition DA – Audio & Quiz.

Italian idioms introduced by the preposition DA.

The Italian preposition DA is the third most used, after DI and A.

Have a look at previous posts of this series:

If you look up other blogs about prepositions on this site, you will find that DA is probably the oddest.

You can use it as a preposition of place, time, in passive sentences, as a way to describe the purpose of an object and more. If you are interested, ask questions during our Skype class.

And of course, DA is useful for building idioms, which are the focus of this brief overview.

As usual, translations in English are not literal so, if you come up with a better one or want to correct my English, please feel free to add your comments at the bottom of the page.

Read the examples. listen to the correct pronunciation, solve the quiz.

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da solo – alone / by oneself

  • Abbiamo pitturato la nostra casa da soli.

da strapazzo / lousy

  • Non ti fidare, è un avvocato da strapazzo.

da quando in qua..? / since when..?

  • Da quando in qua hai cominciato a fumare?

da che pulpito (viene la predica)! / look who’s talking!

  • Maria dice che fumo troppe sigarette. Da che pulpito!

da che mondo è mondo / since day one

  • Da che mondo è mondo, ai bambini piacciono i dolci.

d’altra parte / 1 after all  2 on the other hand

  • Devi aiutare Luigi. D’altra parte è tuo fratello.

d’ora in avanti / from now on

  • D’ora in avanti, nessuno potrà fumare a casa mia.

da un bel pezzo / for a long time (past)

  • Non vado in piscina da un bel pezzo.

da un giorno all’altro / all of a sudden

  • La nuova segretaria da un giorno all’altro non si è più fatta vedere.

dalla padella alla brace / out of the frying pan into the fire

  • Laura ha voluto cambiare lavoro ma è finita dalla padella alla brace.

 

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Idioms, in any language, are nice to know and should be used with care, at the right moment.

This is just a small sample of idioms with the preposition DA.

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Davide Ghirlandaio – Ritratto di Selvaggia Sassetti – 1487

 

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Milanese, graduated in Italian literature a long time ago, I began teaching Italian online in Japan back in 2003. I usually spend winter in Tokyo and go back to Italy when the cherry blossoms shed their petals.

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