Italian Language/"set expressiuon"


Dear Lauren,  

Thank you very much for your help with this question.

Can you please help me to understand what is meant by an Italian “set expression”.  I have heard of this term before, but I don’t have a clear understanding of this concept.

Is this the same thing as an “idiomatic expression”?

Thank you so much.



Hi Rich,

A set expression is just another way of saying an 'idiomatic expression' or a 'phraseme.' I think it is something that we would tend to say here in the UK rather than idiomatic expression.

Hope this clears up any doubts,
Kind regards,

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Lauren O' Hagan


Although not my mother tongue, I have spoken Italian fluently for more than 12 years so I am very confident to answer any questions about the Italian language. I am also competent in Roman Dialect if there are any questions relating to this.


MA Applied Linguistics First Class Honours in Modern Language Studies (Linguistics, Italian, Spanish) Received the top grade in the whole of UK for GCSE Italian, receiving a letter of congratulations from the Italian Consulate Completed my two-year A Level in 1 year with a grade A country. Carried out many translation jobs for a wide range of clients and topics including self-help, literature and exam papers. For personal reference, I have also translated Federico Moccia's Tre Metri Sopra Il Cielo and 2 of Francesco Totti's book.

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