There are many so-called irregular verbs in the Italian language, including staple verbs like the auxiliary verbs essere and avere.
These are verbs with endings in some tenses that do not follow a consistent pattern.
However, an even larger number of regular verbs in Italian follow a consistent format, a regular pattern, and, once learned it can be simply applied to other similar verbs.
The 3 Italian verb families
As you know from studying the foundations of Italian verbs, they’re divided into three families depending on their endings as organized in conjugations: verbs in -are (first conjugation), -ere (second conjugation), and -ire (third conjugation).
The endings of the three conjugations for regular Italian verbs in the present indicative, imperfect indicative, remote past, and simple future are shown in the tables below.
This is a great place to start learning regular verb tenses and conjugations.
Of course, the presente is the tense of today, or now. It means “I eat” or “I am eating” in English.
These are the present indicative’s endings.
|lui, lei, lei||–a||–e||–e/–isce|
In this Italian grammar lesson, you can find a deep explanation and more examples of the present tense for regular verbs.
The imperfetto is a past tense used to describe events and actions that occur repeatedly in the past.
The Italian imperfetto can be seen in phrases like “We used to meet at the bar every Friday.”
Regular verbs in all three conjugations have the following endings for this tense.
|lui, lei, Lei||–ava||–eva||–iva|
Find out how to use and when to imperfetto here.
Remote past tense
The regular verbs’ endings in the three conjugations for the remote past tense (passato remoto) are listed below.
|lui, lei, Lei||–ò||–é/–ette||–ì|
To know more about passato remoto click here.
Below are the endings for the three conjugations in the simple future time (futuro semplice).
|lui, lei, Lei||–erà||–erà||–irà|
In this post, you can find everything you need to know about the simple future in Italian.
Practice with QuizletHere's a set of flashcards and quizzes to practice this grammar topic.
Regular verbs in Italian: wrap up
As you can see, since they all follow the same grammatical rules, there is nothing difficult about Italian regular verbs.
And once you mastered the regular verbs move on to the Italian irregular verbs and remember:
La pratica rende perfetti.
Practice makes perfect.
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