Verbo Presente - Present Tense
The present tense lets us speak about what's happening in the present, or the near future. In Italian, there are 3 regular verb conjugations:
We know who the subject is based on the ending that is attached to the root. In order to get the root, we must remove the ending of the infinitive. As an example, let's take a look at the infinitive parlare (to speak).
Once we have the root, conjugating the verb is easy. Below we can see what the conjugated forms look like for "I speak", and "you speak".
|io (I)||parl||o||io parlo|
|tu (you)||parl||i||tu parli|
Below is 1 example for each of the three conjugations.
|voi (you pl)||parl-ate|
|voi (you pl)||legg-ete|
|voi (you pl)||dorm-ite|
A final note: Roots ending in "i" do not double it when we conjugate the tu form. For example, mangiare (to eat) ends in "i" after we remove the -are (mangi). "You eat" would be "tu mangi", and not "tu mangii".
PracticeLet's practice what we learned so far. Below you'll see a subject and verb. Drag and drop the red block with the correct ending to the gray block. If you're correct, the bar on the bottom will turn green, and the correct word will be displayed. If you're incorrect, the bar will turn red, and the correct word will be displayed. Click on the bar to see your next word.
Remember, the verb ending must agree with the subject.
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