Davanti a or di fronte

GaryM41

GaryM41

Hi, when do you use ‘davanti a’ or ‘di fronte’, as they both seem to meaning.

Thanks

Gary

caterina-rocket-italian-tutor

caterina-rocket-italian-tutor

Hi Gary, 

Thanks for your question!

'davanti a' and 'di fronte' are usually interchangeable:

e.g. Davanti alla farmacia c'è un piccolo negozio. = Di fronte alla farmacia c'è un piccolo negozio. (They both mean that there is a small shop in front of the pharmacy).

However,  while 'di fronte' specifically mean 'in front of', 'davanti' could also mean 'ahead'. 

e.g.  Carlo era 20 metri davanti a me. | Carlo was 20 meters ahead of me.

Hope this helps :)

 

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