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The most used nouns: no. 001

Il sostantivo più utilizzato!
This post is the first in a series covering the most used nouns in the Italian language.


The number one most used noun in Italian is…
Che cosa fai?✓
Che fai? ✓
         What are you doing?
Cosa fai? ✓
When “che cosa” or its shortened form “cosa” comes before the verb “è” (is), they get joined together by dropping the -a and adding an apostrophe:
Che cosa è?  -> Che cosè? ✓   What is it?
Cosa è?  -> Cosè? ✓   What is it?
Note: this only happens when ‘cosa’ is used as ‘what’.  In the other contexts, ‘cosa’ and ‘è’ remain separate:
La cosa è difficile spiegare.  ✓
The thing is difficult to explain.
As the most used noun, it isn’t hard to find examples in books, film and music. Take a look at the digital magazine:

See the full digital magazine (including cartoons and videos for each term):
Italian: The most used nouns I sostantivi più utilizzati Digital Magazine cover by Alex for viaoptimae.com


As you listen to Italian music and watch Italian shows, be on the look out for cosa once you do, you’ll find it everywhere!


Also, try writing your own sentence in the comments below!

Happy studying!
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