Italian Regular Verb Conjugation

Italian Verb Conjugation sounds like a bit of a scary thing. But in fact it's something we do in our own native language everyday.

Simply put, in English or Italian, conjugation is the act of changing a verb to suit the way it's being used.

Remember a verb is a doing word, like 'am'. Now the form of the verb changes according to when it happens, 'I was', who does it, 'she is', and how many of them there are doing it, 'they are'.

Let's have a look at how it works in Italian...

Italian Verb Conjugations Patterns

Regular Italian verbs are divided into three patterns of conjugation, following their infinitive form.

-ARE

–ERE

–IRE

There is a 4th conjugation, which is generally accepted as a derivation of the third one, due to the fact that the infinitive form ends also with -IRE. In this conjugation, at the 1st, 2nd 3rd singular and 3rd plural person we have to add the suffix -isc at the stem. For example:

-ISC

Cantare - are

Correre - ere

Scoprire - ire

Capire - ire with isc

Indicativo Imperfetto

Cantare - are

Correre - ere

Scoprire - ire

Capire - ire with isc

Cantare - are

Correre - ere

Scoprire - ire

Capire - ire with isc

Indicativo Futuro

Cantare - are

Correre - ere

Scoprire - ire

Capire - ire with isc

Practice Phrases containing Italian Regular Verbs – Simple Tense

Italian regular verb conjugation summary

  • Four conjugations, - ARE, -ERE, -IRE, and -IRE with suffix -isc
  • Regular verbs have one stem
  • Essere (to be) and avere (to have) are the auxiliary verbs
  • The passive form is built with the auxiliary essere + past participle
  • The intransitive verbs don't have a passive form and they use the auxiliary essere for the compound tenses

For more on Italian grammar check out these lessons!

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