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che cosa e Italian translation

Icetee

Icetee

Che cosa e means what is it? So che = what. But what does cosa mean? It can't mean 'is it?' because the e means that. I am so confused with 'che cosa!!!
Jeff-S

Jeff-S

"Cosa" means "thing;" So the exact translation is "What thing is it?" Or, I suppose, even more literally, "What thing is?" Either of those would sound awkward in English, so the free translation is simply "What is it?"
Maria-DiLorenzi

Maria-DiLorenzi

Ciao Icetee, Jeff is correct! The translation of the sentence "che cos'è?" (or "che cosa è?") is "what is it?". Literally it will be che = what cosa= thing è= is Buon divertimento!
Icetee

Icetee

Thank you very much for that help. I am beginning to understand. But just one thing. Sometimes cosa is used to mean what as in 'cosa hai fatto oggi? What have you done today? Should this be translated as 'what thing have you done today?' Many thanks.
Maria-DiLorenzi

Maria-DiLorenzi

Ciao Icetee, you are correct ! "Cosa hai fatto oggi?" is the short way to say "che cosa hai fatto oggi?". The literal translation would be "what thing have you done today?" but in English we omit the "thing" saying "what have you done today?". Buon divertimento with Rocket Italian! Ciao
Icetee

Icetee

Thank you and at last I now have a clear explanation of the use of che and cosa.

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