Pensare a: Italian grammar lesson 108

To practice this grammar topic, take Lesson 108 of Ripeti Con Me!
A cosa pensi Italian
I want to learn:

E penso a te

Before we start, try listening to the song below to get in the mood for today’s lesson.

It’s called “E penso a te” and was composed by Lucio Battisti in 1970.

Io lavoro e penso a te.
Torno a casa e penso a te.
Le telefono e intanto penso a te.
Come stai? E penso a te.
Dove andiamo? E penso a te.

Here’s its translation:

“I work and I think of you.
I go home and I think of you.
I call her and, in the meantime, I think of you.
How are you? And I think of you.
Where are we going? And I think of you.”

Pensare a Italian

Pensare a: structure

Now that you’re in the mood, let’s get started!

In Italian, we use the preposition “a” when we think of (or about) something or someone.

Here’s the construction:

  • pensare a + something/someone

And here’s an example:

Penso a Maria tutti i giorni.

I think of Maria every day.

Penso a lei Italian

Penso a te

When we refer to someone, we might say their names, but we might also just use “a” followed by a pronoun.

Let’s review this:

  • a me, a te, a lui/lei, a noi, a voi, a loro

Just like the title of the song we saw above:

E penso a te.

And I think of you.

Penso a te Italian

Penso alle

Also, since we think of different things and people, instead of just “a” we can combine it with an article, depending on the gender and number of what we’re referring to:

  • al, allo, all’, alla, ai, agli, alle
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Have a look at the examples below:

Sto pensando al mio gatto.

I’m thinking about my cat.

Stai pensando alle tue bambine?

Are you thinking about your girls?

Pensare a qualcuno Italian

Sto pensando a te

We can conjugate the verb pensare the way we want, depending on what we want to say, like in the examples below:

Sto pensando a te.

I’m thinking of you.

Abbiamo pensato a un bel regalo per Giovanni.

We thought about a nice present for Giovanni.

Pensare a qualcosa

A chi pensi?

When we want to ask what/who someone is thinking about, we place the “a” at the beginning, like in the questions below:

A cosa pensate?

What are you thinking about?

A chi pensi?

Who are you thinking about?

Penso a te meaning

Pensare a: examples

Here’re some more examples:

Penso sempre ai miei allievi.

I always think about my students.

Devi pensare al futuro.

You have to think about the future.

Sto pensando a loro.

I’m thinking about them.

Sto pensando a tutto quello che devo ancora fare.

I’m thinking of all the things I still have to do.

A: A chi stai pensando?
B: Sto pensando a mio fratello.

A: Who are you thinking about?
B: I’m thinking of my brother.

A: A cosa pensi?
B: Penso alle mie vacanze.

A: What are you thinking about?
B: I’m thinking about my holidays.

Pensare a meaning Italian

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