Italian Conjugation

 

Nobody can deny that Verbs are fundamental to any language and Italian language obviously is not the exception. In this section you will find useful resources that will help you to conjugate verbs in Italian.

 

Regular Verbs:

 

The present tense of a regular verb that ends in –are is formed by dropping –are and adding one of the following endings:

 

  • -o
  • -i
  • -a
  • -iamo
  • -ate
  • -ano

 

Verbs ending in –care and –gare: Add h in the “tu” and “noi” forms.

 

Conjugating the verb “giocare” (to play)
Person Singular Plural
1st. person Io gioco Noi giochiamo
2nd. person Tu giochi Voi giocate
3th. person Lui/lei/Lei gioca Loro/loro giocano

 

Verbs ending in –ciare, –giare and -sciare: Droop the “-i” in the “tu” and “noi” forms and add the regular endings.

 

Conjugating the verb “mangiare” (to eat)
Person Singular Plural
1st. person Io mangio Noi mangiamo
2nd. person Tu magi Voi mangiate
3th. person Lui/lei/Lei mangia Loro/loro mangiano

 

Verbs ending in –iare: The letter “i” of the droop is dropped when the accent is on the net-to-last syllable in the first person singular.

 

Conjugating the verb “avviare” (to send)
Person Singular Plural
1st. person Io avvio Noi avviamo
2nd. person Tu avvii Voi avviate
3th. person Lui/lei/Lei avvia Loro/loro avviano

 

Verbs ending in –gliare: in this case droop the “i” of the root only before the vowel “i”

 

Conjugating the verb “tagliare” (to send)
Person Singular Plural
1st. person Io taglio Noi tagliamo
2nd. person Tu tagli Voi tagliate
3th. person Lui/lei/Lei taglia Loro/loro tagliono

 

Irregular verbs: As we already know, most of Italian verbs are regular. However, there are many other verbs that do not follow the regular verbs rules. Some of the most common Italian irregular verbs are:

 

  • Essere (To be)
  • Avere (To have)
  • Potere (to be able to)
  • Devore (To have to)

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