https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danzy5

Difference between Qui and Qua?

Are they interchangeable or do both adhere to certain rules? Also do they always mean "here" or can they mean other things too? Thank you!

October 10, 2018

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/necronudist85

Qui e i suoi composti si usano per indicare un luogo ben definito, qua e i suoi composti si usano per indicare un’area senza una determinazione precisa, anche se i due avverbi sono spesso usati come sinonimi perfetti

Qui points to a specific place, qua to an unspecified one. But they're mostly used as perfect synonyms.

October 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

Excellent explanation. Thank you.

October 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jameswcpa

I've never heard that explanation before and I lived in Italy. I always thought they were interchangeable. It seems to me that qui is used more at the start of a sentence and qua if it ends a sentence - e.g. Qui non vengono. Non vengono qua/qui.

October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danzy5

Grazie mille!

October 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CivisRomanus

In informal Italian they are interchangeable, but for a more detailed comparison of qui vs. qua and vs. see this old discussion:
https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26109310

The only meaning is "here", but in certain contexts qui / qua can take figurative meanings, such as "at this point", "(about) this topic", or similar ones.
Qui / qua can also be used for strengthening a demonstrative adjective or pronoun:

questo → questo qui (or qua)
questa → questa qui (or qua)
questi libri → questi libri qui (or qua)

etc.

October 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Kirari_

I once asked a native speaker but he just looked at me with a confused look on his face and said ''they're basically the same'' but I'd say that is because you can't really explain grammar of your native language. Necronudist's explanation seems to be legit

October 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EMANUELA410769

Me too, I could look at you with a confused look on my face ;) I am a native italian and an italian teacher for years. Actually this is the first time I hear that there is a little difference between 'qui' and 'qua' :)

October 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MT.italy

Ma ... lo dici per davvero!?
Pensa che a me, oltre a qui e qua, e , toccherebbe differenziare anche costì e costà !
:-D :-D

October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CivisRomanus

E non dimentichiamo costaggiù. :-D

October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CivisRomanus

Costassù ancora mi mancava! :-D
Eccoti un costalingotto.

October 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EMANUELA410769

Beh, dai, Civis. Costassù non poteva mancare, per rispetto della simmetria :-D

October 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EMANUELA410769

Ora che, per la prima volta, l'ho letto, non lo dimenticherò più di certo :D :D Ma come parlate costaggiù??

October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MT.italy

Dé ... e costassù? Non ti garba?
:-D :-D

October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EMANUELA410769

:D

October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EMANUELA410769

Mi sa che non sono stata una brava insegnante. I miei alunni arrivavano dalle elementari consci, anche se non rispettosi, del 'qui, quo, qua l'accento non va' e tanto mi bastava :D :D

October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MT.italy

Ma non pensarlo nemmeno!
In realtà, io non differenzio nulla,tanto ...ci si intende lo stesso! :-D
P.S. Costì e costà mi sono sempre rifiutata di usarli!
(ho corretto mi tocca).
;-D

October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EMANUELA410769

Ma certo! Avevo capito che era una battuta. Pure la mia, eh? ;)

October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarkusRF

I learned that they are almost interchangable, with qui being a bit more like exactly here, but I am not a native speaker.

October 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hakaishin99

They are interchangeable

October 10, 2018
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