The different meanings of the Italian verb figurarsi (Part 1)

The different meanings of the Italian verb figurarsi (Part 1)

Figurarsi is one of those Italian words that is widely used in Italian and that can have different meanings. Let’s see all of them. 1. You’re welcome; don’t mention it One of the different meanings of the verb figurarsi is you’re welcome. So, it’s used to reply to someone that says grazie – thank you – to you. Examples a. + Grazie del consiglio. – Figurati! + Thank you for the advice. – You’re welcome/don’t mention it! b. + Grazie del passaggio. – Figurati + Thank you for the lift. – You’re welcome/don’t mention it! 2. Emphasis Another use of…

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Can you conjugate Italian verb forms in the right way?

Can you conjugate Italian verb forms in the right way?

Having doubts about how to conjugate Italian verb forms in the right way is normal. Even native Italians sometimes have some. Today I’m going to help you solve some of these doubts. PIACERE One of the major doubts about how to conjugate Italian verb forms you might have, could be related to one of the most common Italian verbs: piacere. I bet that one of the senteces with the Italian verb piacere you use the most is related to food, such as: mi piace la pizza – I like pizza. But what if you wanted to say that someone likes…

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Are you beset by doubts when you use Italian verbs?

Are you beset by doubts when you use Italian verbs?

Sometimes it happens that even Italians are beset by doubts when they have to use some verbs. If you too are beset by doubts about some Italian verbs, you don’t have to worry anymore because today I’m going to help you solve some of these doubts. 1. APRIRE One of the linguistic doubts that can hit native Italian speakers concerns the passato remoto of the verb aprire. What’s the first person singular? Now, I’ve always said aprii/aprì – which is right, don’t worry – however, some weeks ago I heard an old man saying apersi, and I thought “What? Apersi?…

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Italian modal verbs – Difference between sapere and potere

Italian modal verbs – Difference between sapere and potere

Potere and sapere are two Italian modal verbs that are widely used. So, knowing how to use them is essential to communicate clearly and effectively. If some of the uses of sapere and potere are quite simple to grasp, some others can be confusing at first. Let’s start from the explanation on how to use the verb sapere and potere and then we’ll move on to their differences. I’m going to use an extract of my Italian grammar for this explanation. Potere Potere is usually followed by a verb in the infinitive. Potere can be generally used to: a. Express…

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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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