Italian present tense

Italian present tense 3Italian present tense

In this page you will find out about the Italian present tense  of the most common verbs and how to use it. I will show you a chart on how to conjugate the regular verbs into the presente indicativo, as we call it, and I will offer you the opportunity to download a useful chart and to practise what you have learnt with my exercises.

First of all, in Italian we have three different categories of verbs, which we call “coniugazioni”:
  • Verbs ending in -ARE: cantare, mangiare, amare, portare etc. = PRIMA CONIUGAZIONE
  • Verbs ending in -ERE: credere, vedere, prendere etc = SECONDA CONIUGAZIONE
  • Verbs ending in -IRE: partire, dormire = TERZA CONIUGAZIONE

Each coniugazione is characterised by a distinct ending: -are, -ere or -ire.

Bearing in mind this distinction, let us now look at the Italian present tense:


Italian present tense

What about the auxiliaries essere and avere?

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Please note that I have just shown you how to form the Italian present tense of regular verbs. As for irregular verbs, you will have to wait for another post :)

Now you can download the chart below, and practise verb conjugation with my free grammar exercise. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. If you want to practise more grammar, check out my free Italian exercises. A presto!

Italian present tense


Download the chart!

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