Have you ever heard someone saying in Italian “Non sia mai!” with a disappointed facial expression?

Well, this idiomatic expression is very common and often used to express the strong hope not to do or go through something. Literally, we can translate it as “May it will never happen“.

In some cases it can be used as an emphatic refusal when asked to do something, like “never in my life“.

Here you can find some useful examples:

Italian English

Vuoi adottare un cucciolo?

-Non sia mai!

– Would you like to adopt a puppy?

– Never in my life!

Non sia mai che tu debba fare questo lavoro. May you will never do this job.
Non sia mai che Marco venga alla festa stasera. I do hope Marco won’t come to the party tonight.


Can you think of any other examples?

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