Present Tense

Il Tempo Presente



The indicative present tense is the most often used verb form. It is used to express:
actions currently happening,
actions happening in the near future,
general truths,
and habitual actions.

It is used more often than the present tense is in English. The progressive tense, saying something like "I am learning", is most often translated into as io imparo. Although Italian does have a present progressive tense (Io sto imparando), it is used far less often in Italian than in English.

io ascoltoI listen.
I am listening.
I do listen.



Play parlare
to talk to speak
Play dormire
to sleep
Play andare
to work to move to go
Play vivere
to live
Play capire
to comprehend to understand

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