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Italiano 1o1/lezione #16/there’s nothing like the present

October 22, 2011


Indicativo Presente

Last time we talked about the auxiliary verbs (essere and avere) and the present tense. Now it’s time to see how other verbs are when it comes to Presente.

First thing you need to know is that in Italian, verbs come in many different types and are divided into groups ad categories accordingly. Based on their ending, they divide into 3 groups:

  1. verbs ending with –ARE (like amare)
  2. verbs ending with –ERE (like leggere)
  3. verbs ending with –IRE (like dormire)

Today’s lezione will be about those ending in –ARE (the so-called first conjugation) and their forms of Indicativo Presente. So, let’s get crackin’!

Of course, you already know your pronouns 😉

I conjugation-we will use the verb AMARE (to love):

First you get rid of the ending –ARE, and you are left with the base AM-

Io am-o Noi am-iamo
Tu am-i Voi am-iate
Lui/Lei am-a Loro am-ano


*Esempio: Io amo Marco! Voi amate le lezioni d’italiano!

Stay tuned for more presente and the II and III conjugation! (I know you must be looking forward to that!)


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