How can I say "I have no idea" in Italian in a very emphatic way? I think I have sometimes heard or read some idiomatic expressions, such as "non ne ho la più pallida idea", but I don't remember them.

  • I have no idea !
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    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 21:04
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Non lo so
Non lo so proprio
Non ne ho idea
Non ne ho la più pallida idea

In ordine crescente di intensità

Ovviamente ne si riferisce a qualcosa che è già stato menzionato, ma immagino che tu lo sappia già. Se vuoi dire:

I have no idea what to do in this situation

Si possono usare tutti e quattro, allo stesso modo:

Non so cosa fare
Non so proprio cosa fare
Non ho idea di cosa fare 
Non ho la più pallida idea di cosa fare

Personalmente, trovo la versione con "pallida" un po' trita.



come discusso qui.

  • 12
    Anche "non (ne) ho la minima idea".
    – persson
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 7:57
  • 9
    O “non saprei (proprio)”.
    – DaG
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 8:19
  • 1
    Anche "Chissà!" Commented Mar 9, 2015 at 20:00

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