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Conjugating Regular Verbs




Conjugating Regular Verbs


To conjugate regular verbs, take off the last three letters (-are, -ere, or -ire) and add these endings to the stem:

Regular Verb Endings


-are

-ere

1st -ire

2nd -ire

-o

-iamo

-o

-iamo

-o

-iamo

-isco

-iamo

-i

-ate

-i

-ete

-i

-ite

-isci

-ite

-a

-ano

-e

-ono

-e

-ono

-isce

-iscono

Regular Verbs

-are

1st -ire

parlare

to speak

dormire

to sleep

cantare

to sing

partire

to leave

arrivare

to arrive

sentire

to hear

abitare

to live

aprire

to open

amare

to love

offrire

to offer

ascoltare

to listen (to)

servire

to serve

cominciare

to begin

domandare

to ask

giocare

to play (a game/sport)

guardare

to look (at)/watch

imparare

to learn

insegnare

to teach

lavorare

to work

mangiare

to eat

pensare

to think

studiare

to study

-ere

2nd -ire

scrivere

to write

finire

to finish

vedere

to see

capire

to understand

credere

to believe

preferire

to prefer

conoscere

to know/be acquainted with

colpire

to hit

leggere

to read

costruire

to build

mettere

to put

pulire

to clean

perdere

to lose

sparire

to disappear

prendere

to take

rispondere

to answer

scendere

to go down/get off

vendere

to sell

vivere

to live

correre

to run

dipingere

to paint

ricevere

to receive

Sample Regular Verb

Parlare-to speak

parlo

parliamo

parli

parlate

parla

parlano

The present tense and the preposition da may be used to describe an action which began in the past and is still continuing in the present. The present perfect tense is used in English to convey this same concept.

Da quanto tempo Lei studia l'italiano? How long have you been studying Italian?
Studio l'italiano da due anni. I've been studying Italian for two years.

Proprio can be used to emphazie something and it translates as really or just.

Ho proprio sonno. I'm really sleepy.
Arrivo dalla banca proprio adesso. I just now got back from the bank.


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