To go vs. to go out: Italian grammar lesson 67

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Dive into the heart of Italian with a crash course on the verbs andare and uscire! Master their present tense forms, get the lowdown on usage with real-life examples, and start speaking like a local in no time. 🇮🇹✨

  • Conjugate andare like a pro: Memorize this essential verb to express all your ‘going’ needs. Remember, vado can mean “I go,” “I’m going,” or even “I will go” – context is king! 🏰
  • Prepositions are your pals: Pair andare with prepositions like a or in to nail the direction of your Italian adventures. “To” the beach or “to” the party? You decide! 🎉
  • Get out and about with uscire: When you’re ready to hit the town, uscire is your go-to verb. No need to specify a place – it’s all about the action of stepping out. 🚪🚶‍♂️
  • Context matters: While uscire implies leaving a place, be ready to specify your destination if asked. After all, “going out” can lead anywhere from a library to a limbo contest! 📚🕺
  • Practice makes perfect: Use these verbs in daily conversations. Ask friends about their plans or share your own. The more you use them, the more natural they’ll feel. 💬👌
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To go vs. to go out

In this post, we’re going to focus on the verbs uscire and andare conjugation in the present tense, and we’re going to see some examples so that you can get familiarized with them.

Let’s quickly have a look at two examples:

Stasera esco con degli amici.

Tonight, I’m going out with some friends.

Dove vai questo fine settimana?

Where are you going this weekend?

What is the conjugation of andare?

The verb andare simply means to go. It’s one of those verbs we use a lot, so it’s important for you to memorize it and practice it.

Here’s the conjugation of andare

Io vado I go
Tu vai You go
Lui/Lei va He/she goes
Noi andiamo We go
Voi andate You go
Loro vanno They go

Remember: sometimes the Italian present tense can also be translated as future, so vado might also mean “I’m going” or “I will go”.

Andare: examples

Like in English, the verb andare is usually followed by a place, since we usually go to places. So you will need prepositions like a or in, which mean to, and introduce a place.

Let’s have a look at some examples.

A: Dove vai oggi pomeriggio?
B: Vado a casa di mio cugino.

A: Where are you going this afternoon?
B: I’m going to my cousin’s house.

Andiamo in Croazia!

Let’s go to Croatia!

Alla fine andate a teatro?

Are you going to the theater at the end?

What is the conjugation of uscire?

The verb uscire means to go out. This verb is also very common, so make sure you practice it.

Here’s the conjugation:

Io esco I go out
Tu esci You go out
Lui/lei esce He/she goes out
Noi usciamo We go out
Voi uscite You go out
Loro escono They go out

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Uscire: examples

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Let’s now have a look at some sentences with the verb uscire:

Sabato usciamo con degli amici.

We’re going out with some friends on Saturday.

Con chi esci stasera?

Who are you going out with tonight?

Ciao, io esco!

Bye, I’m going out!

As you can see in the examples above, we usually don’t need to mention a place in the same sentence (unlike with the verb andare), since it’s already implied in the verb: we’re going out.

However, since going out is pretty vague, someone might ask where exactly you’re going.

Have a look at this example:

A: Mamma, stasera esco con Marta.
B: Dove andate?
C: Andiamo in discoteca.

A: Mom, I’m going out with Marta tonight.
B: Where are you going?
C: We’re going to a nightclub.

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FAQs on To go vs. to go out: Italian grammar lesson 67

What does "andare" and "usire" mean?

"Andare" means to go while "uscire" means go out.

What's "andare" structure?

Is usually followed by a place. So you will need to add "a" or "in" prepositions.

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  1. Thanks for the great lesson! I always struggle with these verb phrases, so this was really helpful. Can’t wait for the next one!

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