Difference between Italian imperfetto and passato prossimo

Difference between imperfetto and passato prossimo

One of the most difficult Italian topics for English speakers is understanding the difference between imperfetto and passato prossimo. These two tenses are very different compared to how English speakers use simple past and present perfect, so at the beginning, imperfetto and passato prossimo are usually felt as very confusing topics. So, today I’m going to explain all the main differences between the Italian imperfetto and passato prossimo. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IMPERFETTO AND PASSATO PROSSIMO IMPERFETTO Imperfetto is used to talk about past habits or past repetitive actions. Example: Quando ero bambino il sabato andavo sempre a catechismo When I was…

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The imperfect tense in Italian

Italian verb tenses are one of the areas where learners struggle the most. One of the main difficulty is talking about the past correctly in Italian. Indeed, in Italian there are many verbs that can be used to refer to the past. Two of the most used verbs in standard Italian to talk about the past are passato prossimo and the imperfect. I already explained how to form passato prossimo and when and how to use it in another article: Learn the Italian past tense passato prossimo. In this article, instead, I’ll focus on the imperfect tense. IMPERFECT Imperfect is…

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Let’s learn the meanings of the Italian verb farsi

The meanings of the Italian verb farsi

In every language there are words that have multiple meanings – Have a look at Tricky words in Italian: Italian homographs. When learning a foreign language, like Italian, these words are usually some of the most tricky to learn, even if they’re widely used. One of these words, for example, is the English verb to get. Another one is the Italian verb fare. So, today, you’re going to learn some of the meanings the Italian verb fare has. FARE Fare usually mean to do or to make. Examples: a. Sto facendo del mio meglio I’m doing my best b. Sta…

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Learn the Italian past tense Passato Prossimo

Learn the Italian past tense passato prossimo

Talking about past actions is very important in every language. Italians use many different tenses to talk about past events. In this article, you’re going to learn the Italian past tense passato prossimo. Knowing passato prossimo is very useful since it’s one of the most used past tenses in Italian. Let’s start learning when and how passato prossimo is used in Italian. USE The Italian past tense passato prossimo is used to: • Indicate events happened in the past but that have still effects on the present. These events can have a temporal or an emotional closeness to the speaker…

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Examples of compound words in Italian

Examples of compound words in Italian

Compound words are those words which are formed by combining two or more words. In Italian, compound words are especially common in scientific and technical terminology. Some examples of compound words used in scientific fields, for example, are elettrocardiogramma (electrocardiogram) and gastroscopia (gastroscopy). However, you can find many compound words also in standard Italian. Examples of compound words in standard Italian are maleducato (ill-mannered), mezzogiorno (midday). So, today I’m writing an article about compound words in Italian because it can be useful for you to know how compound words are formed. In Italian compound words can be formed in different…

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