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Italian Present Tense
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The Italian present tense (presente) is happening right now. It's a simple tense—that is, the verb form consists of one word only. The present tense of a regular Italian verb is formed by dropping the infinitive ending and adding the appropriate endings to the resulting stem.

The present tense of a regular -are verb is formed by dropping the infinitive ending -are and adding the appropriate endings to the resulting stem (-o, -i, -a, -iamo, -ate, -ano). See the table below for a sample conjugation of amare (to love).

I(io) amo (I love)(noi) amiamo (we love)
II(tu) ami (you love, familiar)(voi) amate (you love, familiar)
III(Lei) ama (you love, formal)(Loro) amano (you love, formal)
(lui/lei) ama (he/she loves)(loro) amano (they love)

The infinitive of first-conjugation Italian verbs (those ending in -are) and the conjugated forms of the present tense are pronounced like most Italian words: the stress falls on the next-to-last syllable. The one exception is the third person plural form amano, which is pronounced AH-mah-noh, with stress falling on the first syllable. A few first-conjugation verbs are listed in the following table.

arrivareto arrive
ascoltareto listen
aspettareto wait
ballareto dance
camminareto walk
cantareto sing
dimenticareto forget
guidareto drive
imparareto learn
insegnareto teach
lavorareto work
nuotareto swim
parlareto speak
pranzareto dine, to have lunch
suonareto play (a musical instrument)
telefonareto telephone
visitareto visit

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