How to say “to intend”: Italian grammar lesson 239

Summary

Dive into the Italian language and master expressing intentions with “avere intenzione di” and “avere in programma”. This guide breaks down the nuances between planning and intending in Italian, with practical examples to get you speaking like a native!

  • Grasp the Basics: “Avere intenzione di” is your go-to phrase for saying to intend in Italian. It’s a simple yet powerful expression to talk about future plans.
  • Structural Know-How: Combine “avere” in present or past tense with “intenzione di” followed by an infinitive verb. Skip the future tense – it’s redundant since you’re already future-focused.
  • Real-Life Examples: Get comfy with phrases like “Ho intenzione di studiare” or “Cosa avete intenzione di fare?” to share your study plans or ask about someone’s day.
  • Verb Versatility: The verb “intendere” is a chameleon in Italian, meaning to mean, to interpret, or to understand. Context is king to get your message across right.
  • Plan Like a Pro: “Avere in programma” is your phrase for to plan or to have planned. It’s perfect for talking about scheduled events or fixed plans.

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What is avere intenzione di in Italian?

In this post, we’re going to focus on how to say to intend in Italian, as in to have the intention to do something.

In Italian, we simply say avere intenzione di, which means to have the intention of.

Let’s have a look at an example:

Hai intenzione di parlare?

Do you intend to talk?

How to use avere intenzione di?

The structure is straightforward: Avere in the past or present tense + intenzione + di + verb in the infinitive.

It’s not common to see it in the future tense, since when we say we have the intention to do something we’re already thinking about the future.

Let’s look at some examples:

Ho intenzione di studiare architettura all’università.

I intend to study architecture at university.

Cosa avete intenzione di fare oggi?

What do you intend to do today?

Il calciatore non ha mai avuto intenzione di lasciare la squadra.

The footballer never intended to leave the team.

La ditta non ha intenzione di licenziare nessuno.

The company doesn’t intend to fire anyone.

I ladri avevano intenzione di portare via tutto.

The thieves intended to take everything away.

What does intendere mean?

The verb intendere does exist in Italian. And it’s one of those verbs that has several meanings.

Here are some of them:

  • To mean

Non intendevo farti soffrire.

I didn’t intend to make you suffer.

  • To interpret

Hai inteso bene il significato della poesia.

You’ve interpreted the meaning of the poem well.

  • To understand

Forse non ho inteso bene, puoi parlare più forte?

Perhaps I did not understand properly. Can you speak up?

What does avere in programma mean in Italian?

Here’s another way to say to intend: avere in programma. However, the meaning is slightly different.

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Programma in Italian, other than meaning program with all its various meanings, also means schedule, plan, or agenda.

So avere in programma means to have in plan. We could even translate it as to (have) planned.

We have two options:

  • avere + in programma + something

La Commissione ha in programma un incontro in settembre 2025.

The Commission planned a meeting in September 2025.

Ho in programma un viaggio il prossimo anno.

I have planned a trip for next year.

  • avere + in programma + di + verb in the infinitive + something

Domani abbiamo in programma di visitare un antico castello.

We have planned to visit an ancient castle tomorrow.

Hanno in programma di aprire una clinica.

They planned to open a clinic.

What is "avere intenzione di"?

It translates as to have the intention of.

How to use "avere intenzione di"?

By following this structure: "Avere" in the past or present tense + intenzione + di + verb in the infinitive.

What does "intendere" mean?

This verb has several meanings such as to mean, to interpret, and to understand.

What does "avere in programma" mean?

It means to have planned and can be used wither with "avere" + "in programma" + something or with "avere" + "in programma" + "di" + verb in the infinitive + something.

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