"Ciò che loro mi hanno detto non è vero."

Translation:What they told me is not true.

July 8, 2013



I'm really confused on when to use Ciò and why...

July 7, 2014


I can explain this! Although I am relatively new to Italian, this is identical to Spanish:

"Ciò che loro mi hanno detto non è vero." Best translates to: "[That which] they have said [to] me is not true"

"Ciò" is used to indicate a thing, possibly an abstract noun. In this sentence it therefore references "that which" has been said to the speaker.

In Spanish "Ciò che" is "Lo que". Lo means "it/he/the" depending on context.

I would just remember "ciò que" separate from its literal meaning for now and treat it as "that which"

@Italian speakers: Am I correct in this assumption?

August 13, 2018


Thank you.

April 12, 2019


Same here

October 27, 2016


What about "What they have said to me is not right." It wasn't excepted, but what's wrong with it?

March 18, 2014


"Right" in Italian is giusto. They probably just thought that you were refering to that kind of right, and not "true''

September 22, 2016


The first time through the printed words came up along with the spoken sentence. I didn't have to rely on the voice. Then when it came up a second time (after I flunked and repeated), there were no printed words to follow. And I agree that "detto" wasn't clear. To me it sounded like "bitto."

September 30, 2013


It accepts "what they said to me is not true", but not "what they said to me was not true". I think "was" is correct here, since they said it to me in the past.

October 23, 2013


The “is not true” refers to it being not true currently, not whether it was true or not at the time they said it. It is completely valid to have this sentence be partially in past tense and partially in present tense. Assuming Italian makes that distinction too, it is not correct to use “was” in the translation, considering that the original says “non è vero” in the present tense.

December 19, 2013


Hmm, fair argument. :-)

December 20, 2013


What do you expect from the media? It doesn't fit the narrative.

May 27, 2018


D should accept " what they have told me is not true"

September 20, 2018
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