Che conjunction and Che relative pronoun in Italian

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The word “che” in Italian can have several different functions within a sentence: it can be a relative pronoun or a conjunction.

When it is a relative pronoun, it refers to the noun placed just before it.

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Used as a conjunction

  • Il fatto che non sia venuto prova che è colpevole – The fact that he didn’t come proves that he is guilty.
  • Che tu lo faccia o meno, non mi importa. – Whether you do it or not, I don’t care.
  • È più facile parlare piuttosto che scrivere. – Speaking is easier than writing.

Used as relative pronoun

  • L’argomento che abbiamo trattato era complicato. – The issue (that) we dealt with was complicated.
  • La ragazza che era vicino alla finestra è mia cugina. – The girl who was next to the window is my cousin.
  • Ho mangiato una torta che era veramente buona. – I ate a cake that was really good.

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