Conditional mood

In Italian, the Conditional is a mode expressing all sorts of conditions related to uncertainty: wishes, desires, doubts, hypotheses, requests, polite expressions.
The Italian Present Conditional Tense (condizionale presente) is the Italian equivalent to the English constructions of “would” + verb (for instance: I would sleep).

Although there are some irregulars instances of the Italian Present Conditional Tense, forming present conditionals is easy: just take any given verb, drop the infinitive form, and add the appropriate endings.
The endings of the Italian Present Conditional Tense are the same for the –are and –ere conjugations, while –ire is slightly different.

Start here

You’ll receive my free resources together with my best offers! Opt out at any time.

Create a free lifetime account to get access to all the free lesson and other resources.

I’ll take you to your shiny new student dashboard.

How to express future in the past: Italian grammar lesson 163

How to express future in the past: Italian grammar lesson 163

Dive into the nuances of Italian grammar and master the art of expressing ‘future in the past’ with the past conditional. From heartfelt desires to giving sage advice, this guide has got you covered. 🇮🇹✨

  • Get the Basics: The past conditional, or condizionale passato, is your go-to for hypotheticals and hindsight in Italian. It’s like a time machine for your verbs!
  • Structure is Key: Nail the formula: present conditional of essere or avere + past participle. It’s like a secret recipe for expressing regrets and ‘what-ifs’.
  • Desire in the Past: Ever wished for something after the fact? Use phrases like mi sarebbe piaciuto to share those missed opportunities.
  • Opinions and Advice: Share your wisdom or past musings with phrases like sarebbe stato or avresti dovuto. It’s like giving advice to your past self!
  • Conjugate with Confidence: Whether it’s avrei comprato or sarei venuto, make sure your verbs agree with the subject. It’s all about harmony in your sentences!
  • Practice, Practice, Practice: Don’t just read about it; write your own examples! Flex those Italian muscles and watch your skills soar. 💪📘
Otherwise – Se no, Altrimenti: Italian grammar lesson 161

Otherwise – Se no, Altrimenti: Italian grammar lesson 161

Unlock the nuances of Italian with our guide on using “otherwise” like a native! Learn the subtle differences between altrimenti, se no, and sennò to express conditions and alternatives with flair. 🇮🇹✨

  • Master the basics: Altrimenti and se no/sennò are your go-to phrases for “otherwise” in Italian, covering “if not” and “or else” scenarios. 🔄
  • Context is key: Use altrimenti when you need to convey “in another way,” but stick to se no or sennò for conditional statements. 🎨
  • Flexibility for fluency: Don’t sweat the small stuff—se no and sennò are interchangeable, so feel free to use whichever rolls off the tongue! 🗣️
  • Embrace informality: Sennò might feel more casual due to its contracted form, perfect for friendly chats and informal texts. 😎
  • Pair with purpose: Combine altrimenti with se (if) to construct conditional sentences that sound authentically Italian. 🔗
  • Practice with examples: Get comfortable using these words by practicing with example sentences—contextual learning is your friend! 📚
How to say “rather”: Italian grammar lesson 162

How to say “rather”: Italian grammar lesson 162

Unlock the versatility of the Italian word anzi! Dive into our guide and master the art of contradiction, clarification, and emphasis in Italian conversation with this one powerful conjunction. 🇮🇹✨

  • Contradict with Confidence: Use anzi to flip the script on a previous statement. It’s like saying “on the contrary” or “actually” to introduce a twist in your Italian chats. 🔄
  • Emphasize and Upgrade: When something’s not just good, but great, anzi is your go-to. It’s the Italian secret to turning “I’m good” into “I’m fantastic” with flair! 🚀
  • Quick Corrections: Slip up? No sweat. anzi lets you backtrack smoothly with an “I mean” or “or rather,” keeping your Italian as suave as a Vespa ride. 🛵💨
  • Leave ‘Em Hanging: Italians get it. Sometimes anzi says it all, no follow-up needed. It’s the mic drop of Italian conversation. 🎤⬇️
  • Compound Your Italian: Get fancy with anziché for “instead of” and innanzitutto for “first of all.” They’re the compound condiments that spice up your Italian talk! 🌶️
  • Pair with Precision: Tag-team anzi with semmai (“if anything”) for that extra punch. It’s like the dynamic duo of Italian discourse. 💥👯
Present conditional: Italian grammar lesson 160

Present conditional: Italian grammar lesson 160

Dive into the Italian present conditional with ease! This guide breaks down when and how to use this handy tense, complete with examples and a look at those pesky irregular verbs. 🇮🇹✨

  • Expressing Desires: Use the present conditional to share what you’d like or want, like “Vorrei comprare un gelato” (I would like to buy ice cream). It’s all about those hypotheticals!
  • Politeness Counts: Asking for things nicely in Italian? The present conditional’s your go-to. “Mi potrebbe portare un bottiglia di acqua, per favore?” translates to a courteous request for water.
  • Doubt and Uncertainty: Not sure what to do? The present conditional has your back. “Cosa faresti tu?” means “What would you do?” and shows you’re pondering the possibilities.
  • Conditional Actions: When your actions depend on something else, the present conditional shines. “Dormirei tutto il giorno se non dovessi studiare” is your “I’d sleep all day if I didn’t have to study” mood.
  • Conjugation Basics: Drop the final -e from the infinitive form of a verb, slap on the right endings, and voilà! You’ve got the present conditional down. Remember, it’s the same for all verb groups.
  • Irregular Verbs Alert: Irregular verbs like “andare” (to go) switch things up a bit. Just learn the root (like “andr-” for “andare”) and add the usual endings. A bit of memorization goes a long way!
  • Should/Could in Italian: Wondering how to say “should” or “could”? Easy peasy. Use “dovrei” for “should” and “potrei” for “could,” followed by the infinitive of the verb you’re talking about.
  • -are Verb Twist: When dealing with -are verbs, swap the “a” for an “e” before adding your endings. So instead of “parlarei,” you’ll say “parlerei” (I would talk).
  • Example Sentences: The guide’s chock-full of examples to get you using the present conditional like a pro. “Parlerei con mia sorella, ma sono stanco” (I would talk to my sister, but I’m tired) is just the start.
Try my courses for free​

Log in

Reset password or get in touch.

Not a member yet? Join today!

How long to fluency?

Find out how long it will take you to master Italian!
Get on the right track in 3 minutes.

dolce vita logo

We're already friends!

Coming from Luca and Marina?
Here's a special deal for you!
Just tell me where I should send the coupon.

50% OFF
all language resources

We're already friends!

Coming from All Language Resources?
Here's a special deal for you!
Just tell me where I should send the coupon.

50% OFF
50% OFF

To receive free resources once a week together with my best offers, just tell me where to send everything. Opt out at any time.

Create a free lifetime account to get access to all the free lesson and other resources.