full or pure Italian

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Hi, when you ask a person about if they're mix or pure blood, do you go 'Are you full Italian?' or 'Are you pure Italian?' Thank you.
  • glamorgan

    Senior Member
    English (UK)
    From your two examples I suppose Are you pure Italian would be correct but it doesn't sound quite right to me. Perhaps because, needless to say, the concept of racial "purity" is itself controversial... It's a question I'd never ask.


    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Yes, I'd avoid the 'purity' question - too reminiscent of the notion of Aryan purity, etc. You could say 'Are you all/completely Italian?' or 'Are both of your parents Italian?' I suppose
    I agree, it would be better not to focus on one's race. The way to circumvent this restriction is to wonder whether their parents are both Italians by birth, whether the person you are talking to has been living in Italy for most of his life, etc. So generally your questions should not directly address the issues of purity. History tells us that contemplating such questions unfortunately leads to great disasters.
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