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In English we can say:
Well/So, it's time for me to leave.
So/Well, what can I do to help you?
Well/So, what's the problem?

Is allora an equivalent of "so/well" in these cases?

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in the first example I'd use "Beh/be', è ora che io vada". For the other sentences "Allora" is fine, but you may also use "Dunque" which however is a bit more rude.

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I find the spelling beh too ovine. ;-) –  egreg Mar 25 at 10:45
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beh is often used as short form of bene –  alepuzio Mar 25 at 11:38
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Beh for be', toh for to' and the like are widely used, and - at least the first one - even registered by dictionaries, but are contrary to their etymological origins and, well, ugly. :-) –  DaG Mar 25 at 13:38
    
I actually like them (while I hate "bhe" which makes no sense)... –  mau Mar 25 at 15:06
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Free to like them, of course. For me, reading beh for be' has the same effect it would have if someone were to write poh for po'. –  DaG Mar 25 at 23:02

You may use "bene":

Well/So, it's time for me to leave -> "bene, è ora che me ne vada"

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I think that it depends on affermative-negative or interrogative forms. If you are asking something you can use "Allora dove andiamo?". If you are in affermative form you can use "dunque". "Beh" expression usually is used only whne you are speaking and not in writing form. Another way to translate this form is "Ehm" that indicates that you are trying to take time and dont' Know how to answer "Ehm, non so se uscirò".

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Your answer is very informative and helpful. Ben fatto! –  Vic Mar 30 at 4:52

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