qui vs qua

What is the difference between qui and qua, because the translation is the same (here)

February 21, 2013

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Grammatically, it's like this:

  • Qui: exactly here where I am
  • Qua: in my proximity
  • Costì: exactly where you are
  • Costà: in your proximity
  • Lì: exactly over there
  • Là: around there

The distinction is matched by the adjectives/pronouns Questo (close to me) / Codesto (close to you) / Quello (far from both of us).

Outside of books and a part of Tuscany, though, people only use qui/qua (here) and lì/là (there) with no real difference; same goes for questo (this) and quello (that).

February 21, 2013

This is how i plan to memorize it. The ' i ' in Qui and Lì (like the letter) points to a straight point/spot, while the ' a ' in Qua and Là is more wider/broad than a skinny ' i '. Does that make sense, or is my brain wierd?

April 30, 2015

Super hint. Worth remembering

March 8, 2016

there are linguistic studies showing that the character of the sound and the meaning is very closely connected. here and this are often letters like "i" while words like "that" and there" rather contain a "a" and "o". this is even valid for languages that are not connected to each other. so your brain is just human :-)

February 20, 2016

Which studies? I'd be interested in reading them.

October 7, 2017

Grazie molto!

January 4, 2017

I knew it. Please any references for those studies?

December 6, 2017

No, I think that's great! Very visual.

March 22, 2017

No that makes sense :-)

August 4, 2017

Nice one!

August 29, 2015

weird but nice! :D

December 2, 2015

thank you. not your brain is not weird, i might even be able to remember this now!

March 7, 2016

Come dicono a olandese: un bello ponte asino!

July 27, 2016

I do the same kind of thing to remember.

October 9, 2016

Yes and yes :-) ;-D

January 6, 2019

Perfect!! Using mnemonics has always worked for me. Thanks for this one.

June 19, 2019

Thanks for the really clear explanation. I'd not even heard of costì or costà before today, so at least I won't panic now when I see them. :-)

July 15, 2014

You answered a question I had for a long time. Thank you.

May 25, 2015

This was extremely helpful. Thankyou

September 8, 2013

Great explanation, thanks!

February 16, 2014

Holy cow, such a nice explanation!

April 9, 2015

Thanks a lot!

February 22, 2014

I've always used as "far from me, near you" and as "far from both us"

September 30, 2014

thanks! also it is funny that on most words -a = singular, -i = plural. now for those -i = exact spot, -a = larger area.

December 23, 2014


February 2, 2015

Great explanation! Thank you so much for clearing this!

November 21, 2015

A very helpful answer :-) Thank you with a Lingot!

February 27, 2016

Thank you.

June 12, 2016

Thank you!

March 22, 2017

Extremely helpful!! Grazie!

August 29, 2017

My Italian friends have always said to me that Qui and Qua are interchangeable. But I've never seen or heard anyone ever use Costi or Costa

May 24, 2018

I had always thought that those pairs were all exact synonyms. Thanks for filling us in!

Does that mean that 'tra' and 'fra' aren't 100% identical also?

May 20, 2013
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No, tra and fra are identical in usage: tra is more historically correct as it derives from the Latin "intra" (between), while fra derives from the Latin "infra" (below). But they're perfect synonyms in Italian.

May 20, 2013

Thanks for the explicit difference.

October 9, 2016

Thank you f.formia and jaypert1 :The Best lesson of the day

September 27, 2015

thank you so much for the distinction between these words!

July 21, 2014

Thanks for that! it finally makes sense now :)

February 24, 2015

This was so helpful. I take Italian in school, and we learned qui and qua and lì and là on a quizlet my teacher put up, but since I'm basically the only one in my Italian class that cares, I'm probably the only person who even knows those words exist and I talk in Italian at home a lot to myself to practice, and whenever I say here, I use qui or qua but I never knew which one was right. Just wanted to check before I got into bad habits. Grazie!

August 30, 2017

thank you

June 2, 2016

I also would like to know where should i use piú and where molto is appropriate.

July 2, 2016

Thanks for the suggestion. It makes sense to me.

January 4, 2017

This was really helpful. Now, I got it. Thank you very much

December 7, 2017

Grazie Mille!

February 28, 2018
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