The preposition tra and fra (between) are synonyms.
It's better to avoid tra if the word that follows starts with t-.
In the same way, it's better to avoid fra if the word that follows begins with f-.
Fra tre giorni
In three days
They can have a lot of uses in Italian.
When tra or fra indicate the position "between" two elements, they translate as between.
|Ho visto il cane tra le due macchine.||I saw the dog between the two cars.|
|La gomma è fra la matita e la biro.||The rubber is between the pencil and the pen.|
When tra or fra indicate the position "among" more elements, it translates as among.
|Ho trovato l'assegno tra i documenti.||I found the check among the documents.|
|La tua camicia è fra gli altri vestiti.||Your shirt is among the other clothes.|
When tra or fra indicate an interval of time, it translates as between or in.
|Arriveremo tra le due e le tre.||We'll get there between two and three o'clock.|
|Spero di finire il libro fra un mese.||I hope to finish the book in a month's time.|
When tra or fra indicate an interval of space, it translates as in or as from (placed after the complement expressing the distance).
|Tra cento metri troverete il ristorante.||In one meters you'll find the restaurant.|
|Il nostro ufficio è tra due chilometri.||Our office is two kilometers from here.|
When tra or fra indicate a relation, it translates as between.
|C'è una meravigliosa amicizia tra di voi.||There is a wonderful friendship between you.|
|Tutto è finito tra noi.||Everything is over between us.|
In the following table you can find a list of typical Italian expressions that are introduced by the prepositions "tra" or "fra".
|essere tra due fuochi||to sit on the fence|
|tra il dire e il fare c'è di mezzo il mare||between saying and doing there is half a sea|
|essere tra i piedi||to be in the way|
|leggere tra le righe||to read between the lines|
|fra moglie e marito non mettere dito||never interfere between husband and wife|
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